Ariel Winter of Modern Family, notably spoke out about her recent breast reduction, and the main reasons why she wanted to have it done. Beyond the bodily pain her larger chest on her smaller framed body caused her, Ariel strongly cited the constant critiques and comments on her body, both from the media and Internet bully trolls, as the unbearable reasons as to why she felt the surgery was necessary.
As quoted in PEOPLE: “It’s hard when you’re a teenage girl and you already have a lot of ridicule and then you pile on more, and it’s kind of…it just gets too much.”
Ariel then went on to discuss the fact that even beyond the media, she had to experience difficulties as the result of her large chest while on set: “They had to hide it on Modern Family a lot. Big sweaters, [or] strapping me down – which is fine – I understand that it doesn’t fit the character they have in mind. I understand that. But it was difficult to do that every day.”
Ariel recently showcased her body on her Instagram, and expressed her happiness with how she felt as well as her thankfulness for all of the support she has gotten.
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Thank you so much @glamourmag and @JRadloff. I feel so blessed that you gave me a chance to share my story. I am extremely humbled. Jessica you are amazing!!!! To my fans, you guys have all been so supportive and I couldn't thank y'all more. You are all amazing human beings and I'm honored to have you. HUGE thanks go to the people who support me, love me, and take care of me in every way possible. To my incredible sister @shanelle_gray, her husband @davidbarrygray, my beautiful baby nieces, the love of my life @laurent_claude_gaudette and our furry babies Casper and Rocco, my father Glenn Workman, and my best friends @jessiebergg, @huntershocket, @ohmyskyy, and @music4joejoe who have been by my side through everything, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH! I love you all more than anything. I don't know what I'd do without you guys❤️ Thanks is also in order to my awesome team who works so hard for me all the time. I wouldn't be where I am without them!!! Thank you!!! Lastly, never be afraid to speak your mind. Always make decisions because YOU want to, and always do what makes YOU happy. Xx Hair by @bobbyeliot/Makeup by @kristeeliu/Styling by @Anita Patrickson & Jordan Wright/Photos by @collinstark and @jessicastark_ http://www.glamour.com/inspired/blogs/the-conversation/2015/08/ariel-winter-breast-reduction?mbid=social_fb_fanpage
“It’s amazing to finally feel right,” she told Glamour in a recent interview; “This is how I’m supposed to be.”
Ariel detailed the huge amount of pain she was in before the surgery; so much so she couldn’t even stand up straight.
“It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” she said. “My neck was hurting so bad, and I actually had some problems with my spine. I had been discussing my chest with doctors for many years, but when I finally said, ‘I’m thinking of doing this,’ he said, ‘Your back is going to thank you so much.’ “
She also further detailed the type of negative attention her breasts and body would garner during and after events: “Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet always had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ Or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs At An Event!’ ” she told the publication. “That’s all people would recognize me by, not, “Oh, she does great work on ‘Modern Family.’ “
Ariel now declares that she feels happier than she ever has and wanted to share her story to help others:
“It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health, and I think that that can benefit a lot of young girls.”