Hollywood gets a lot of notice for making breasts bigger through breast augmentation, but Ariel Winter is breaking the mold by discussing her breast reduction.
Last year, the celebrity was seen sporting a strapless dress that exposed her scars from the recent breast reduction surgery. She now poses in an un-retouched shoot for Self magazine saying that breast reduction was “honestly the greatest choice I made”. For years she says she suffered through back and neck pain, while also being scrutinized by media for being too curvy. In an article with Entertainment Tonight, she talks about her experience.
“Women are already over-sexualized, and I grew into my body so young,” she continued. “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.”
Winter received plenty of unwanted attention online.
“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,” she wrote. “The conversation became about my looks instead of my talent and work — everything that I didn’t want. I even started getting messages from older male fans, and let’s just say they were gross.”
Of course, her issues were more than psychological.
“It’s really difficult to be such a small girl and have so much weight on your chest,” Winter explained. “You physically hurt. 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.”
She emphasized though that the decision she made was for herself.”I mainly did it for myself,” Winter said at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party in Beverly Hills, California. “Yes, I had many comments, and it bothered me that that was kind of what I was known for. And that was kind of what people were commenting on my photos. That bothered me, but it wasn’t the main reason I did it.”
Now, more than ever, she is a strong proponent of body positivity. “Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think women should ever change themselves based on anyone else’s standards,” she wrote. “My surgery got a lot of criticism from some people, but I’m happier for it. In the end, I think it’s all about how you feel — not what other people think.”
Read the full Entertainment Tonight article about Ariel Winter’s breast reduction surgery here.