Ariel Winter Dishes on Why She Had Breast Reduction Surgery
The 17-year-old Modern Family star wanted the same thing when she was younger, but when her chest suddenly started to grow, and she was looking for size F (!) bras, Ariel felt less than comfortable flaunting around the big boobs she always wanted.
"It really did happen overnight," she told Glamour about the growth of her chest size. "I remember being in my sister's wedding and being so flat and thinking, 'I just wish I could grow boobs!' And then overnight I did. But then they kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop."
"I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts]," She continued. "How do you navigate that?" It's already difficult enough to grow up out of the spotlight, so we can't imagine what it was like for Ariel to be in the public eye and not be comfortable in her own skin. Even though she appeared confident at red carpet events, she told the mag she "definitely" was not.
"We live in a day and age where everything you do is ridiculed," she continued. "The Internet bullies are awful. I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting. On [red carpets], I just said to myself, 'You have to do your best to look confident and stand up tall, and make yourself look as good as you can in these photos,' because everyone is going to see them. I definitely seemed confident; I'm an actress, that's what we do. But on the inside, I wasn't feeling so happy."
Ariel found it very difficult to find clothes for formal events that were "age-appropriate" because of the size of her chest, adding, that she knew she would get criticized for it. "I'd have to wear the dress that was super tight and form-fitted everywhere because if I didn't, it didn't look good," she said. "I didn't really have an option other than to wear fitted clothes."
"Everyone would [say], 'Why is she dressing so mature? That's so inappropriate for her age!' I understood what they were saying. It's not like I wanted to pick out those inappropriate dresses, it's just that I didn't really have another choice, or I was going to get ridiculed. 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."
In addition to all that, Ariel suffered from back, neck and spine pain and issues. She eventually decided to get a breast reduction and went down to a 34D to lessen the pain, but still keep her proportionate.
Now, she feels "great," and decided to share her story in hopes that it will benefit other young women.
"I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have," she said. What an eye-opening interview. Sending Ariel major props for being so candid. We have no doubt more than a few people benefit from it.