'People just wanted to talk about my cleavage' - Modern Family star Ariel Winter pens essay to explain why breast reduction was 'life changing'
Published 26/02/2016 | 10:54
Actress Ariel Winter has explained how her breast reduction surgery has been ‘life changing’ in a personal essay.
The Modern Family actress wrote an emotional essay in which she detailed how the surgery, which she underwent last year, has changed her life for the better.
Winter revealed that early developments in her body had changed the way other people viewed her.
“I was 13, 14 years old, and I looked 19. Suddenly, people didn’t want to talk about my job - they just wanted to talk about my cleavage. I’d go to awards shows and the next day see everyone on the Internet telling me I shouldn’t look like this and dress like that.”
The 18-year-old star also wrote about how she began to receive inappropriate and unwanted messages from "older male fans" about her body.
The actress also found simple tasks like buying appropriate clothes difficult as her early physical development made her feel uncomfortable.
“You can’t find clothes that fit right. I couldn’t find a cute bathing suit. Everything looked like I was trying to be 'sexy'. It didn’t help that I didn’t look like any of my friends my age.”
In 2015, the pretty brunette decided to undergo breast reduction surgery at age 17 which reduced her breasts from a 35 F to a 34 C.
In the essay she detailed how her decision to undergo the surgery was her own personal choice to relieve the physical pain that she experienced from her large chest.
“It wasn’t because I didn’t like how I looked. Having so much weight on my frame was affecting me psychologically. I was uncomfortable and unhappy. I chose surgery because of how I felt, not because of what anyone else thought.”
Winter also wrote about how much happier she was after having the surgery.
“I automatically felt so much happier and just better physically. My back and shoulders didn’t hurt anymore! The first thing I wanted to do was go clothing shopping because I was so excited to be able to find things that fit properly instead of hiding in a baggy sweater. That meant the world to me.”