Modern Family Actress Ariel Winter Opens Up About Her Breast Reduction Surgery
The star has been suffering from back pain from a young age.
Ariel Winter, who you'll most likely recognise as Modern Family's loveable Alex Dunphy, has opened up about her recent breast reduction surgery.
The 17-year-old had yet to go public with her news, now telling Glamour magazine that "It's amazing to finally feel right."
Having undergone the surgery in June, Ariel explains that she's reduced her chest size from a 32F to a 34D, after suffering from serious back and neck pain for years.
"It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems," Ariel says. "I really couldn't stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn't take the pain. 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."
But having a big chest hasn't always been a problem for the star, as she reveals it was somewhat of a surprise to her when they suddenly grew.
"It really did happen overnight," she says. "I remember being in my sister's wedding and being so flat and thinking, 'I just wish I would 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]. It's like, 'How do you navigate that?'"
While being a part of the circus that is Hollywood brings with it serious scrutiny, which took it's toll on her.
"That's pretty much all I was known for and that upset me. It made me feel really uncomfortable because as women in the industry, we are totally over sexualised and treated like objects. 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!' That's all people would recognise me by, not, "Oh, she does great work on Modern Family."
But ultimately she just wants her story to help others who might be in a similar situation...
"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," Ariel explains. "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."
- By Lucy Bacon