Every time Ariel Winter stepped onto a red carpet, she knew what was coming: the stares, the whispers, the rumors. But for the 17-year-old star of Modern Family, she had a job to do—act. Act, and pretend she didn’t notice.
But even though from the outside it looked like the attention didn’t bother her, there was an emotional and physical battle that she struggled with deeply inside.
So why are you wearing the dress with the cleavage if you don’t want the stares?
In a new interview with Glamour.com, the 17-year-old star, who is 5 ft., 1 in., opens up about her overwhelming (and sudden) breast development at age 15, and the emotional and physical pain that led to her breast reduction surgery on June 4, when she went from a size 32F cup to a 34D.
Wow! Can you imagine? Yes, that was printed correctly – breast reduction! What guts! Most women in her position in Hollywood are doing the EXACT opposite! Here’s an actress who is on a great TV show – nominated 10 times for a Golden Globe, playing a great character – Alex Dunphy, and trying to get the media’s attention OFF her breasts – hard to do in this day and age – and on her acting!
Ariel Winter’s adds:
“It really did happen overnight,” she says of her unexpected growth spurt. “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.”
Most women don’t have this problem. Most of the women I know would say they are too small. Few would say they are happy with their breast size – that is, if they are telling the truth. That’s like saying most women are happy with the size of their butts. Simply not the case.
In her interview with Glamour she states:
“It’s hard enough being a teenager in life, but being on one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed sitcoms drew heightened interest. “I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts],” recounts Winter. “It’s like, ‘How do you navigate that?’”
AFTER / BEFORE
Amen Girlfriend! Puberty is hard enough. It’s awkward – for anyone going through it. As a young woman getting your period for the first time – that’s stress enough. Then add to that all the other body changes AND developing breasts that are a size F. Holy cow! Before you know it, you’re surrounded by some wet, drooling, young, immature boys – or paparazzi! (They’re both about the same mentality!)
“It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by – not, ‘Oh, she does great work on Modern Family.’ ”
Kudos to Ariel! I give her a lot of credit in this day and age of “Sex Sells”. She has the guts to do what most young female actresses, looking to advance their careers, would never even think of doing in her position. Could you have imagined Pamela Anderson doing that? How about one of the Kardashians? Not gonna happen.
The actress describes the turning point that made her want to get the surgery – she went to a store and couldn’t find a bathing suit that would fit her shape. “I really felt bad about myself. I didn’t feel happy,” she said of the incident. “I just kept saying, ‘What am I going to wear? There’s nothing for me to wear at the beach, at the pool.’ ”
I hate to say it, but most women, regardless of their age, regardless of their breast size, are still asking that question – “what am I going to wear?”.
Seriously though, I have a lot of respect for Ariel Winter. I have to say I have watched Modern Family for some time now, and never really paid much attention to her body or breasts, but I’m not a guy either. I have always thought she was/is a great actress. Now, I have even more respect for her as a woman.
In closing Ariel states:
“I didn’t want to not tell anybody and then have another million stories [say], ‘What happened to Ariel? She looks so different.’ And I also think there’s some good that can come from [telling] my story. It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health, and I think that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt happier with myself than I ever have.”
“It’s amazing to finally feel right.” “This is how I was supposed to be.”
Raising my glass of wine – here’s to your better health and better life, Ariel Winter! Who’s joining me?
By the way, “Modern Family” Season 7 premiere date is 9/23! Let’s all tune in for the great acting!
…And guys are lining up to help her carry them around, I’m sure…
Written by Nancy Hayes
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