Modern Family's Ariel Winter, 17, reveals she's had a breast reduction after years of 'strapping down' her painful 32F-cups
Ariel Winter has revealed she has undergone breast reduction surgery.
The 17-year-old made the decision to go under the knife after enduring back and neck pain as a result of her 32F-cups.
The Modern Family actress had the procedure on June 4 and is now a 34D, telling Glamour.com: 'I feel like a new person'.
Before: Ariel Winter, pictured in January, has revealed she had breast reduction surgery on June 7
She revealed her bigger bust proved problematic on Modern Family, where she plays young teenager Alex Dunphy.
She reveals: '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.'
Before her breast reduction, even standing for extended periods of time was difficult, she said.
'It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems,' said the sitcom star.
Gorgeous: The 17-year-old says she 'feels like a new person' after having her breasts reduced from a 32F to a 34D
'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.'
Her curvy figure also made finding age-appropriate clothing for the red carpet 'really hard', the teenager told Glamour.
'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. 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!'
'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.'
Confident: The sitcom star said she struggled to find age appropriate clothing for the red carpet
Under cover: The actress had to strap down her breasts and wear baggy sweaters to cover her curves while filming Modern Family
The actress kept her plans hush-hush, but did confide in costars Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, who were completely supportive.
'I told Julie because I had talked to her before about my desire to have the surgery. She was really supportive and understanding.
'I just saw Sofia the other day and she was like, 'Oh my God! I love them! They’re great!' I was like, 'This is hilarious.'
Beauty: The Modern Family star said her large breasts caused her serious back and neck pain
However, Ariel said she didn't discuss the surgery with her estranged mother, Crystal Workman.
The 17-year-old was removed from her mother's home in 2012 amid allegations of abuse, and was legally emancipated from Workman in May after a bitter three-year custody battle.
'She and I don’t speak,' said Ariel, who now leans on her older sister, legal guardian, and 'best friend' Shanelle Gray for support.
'She will find out by reading it and that’s the way that is. And that’s fine.'
Looking up: The actress is looking forward to the future and says she's surrounded by a great support system, after becoming estranged from her mother
'I’m in such a happy place now, and in such a better place now surrounded by people who love me and really support me, and that’s all I need.'
Despite the critics, the teenager said she had the surgery to feel better about herself and wanted to share her story to give other girls confidence.
'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.
'I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have,' she told Glamour.
Curvy: Winter on the red carpted in January, before surgery, and left, in an Instagram post two weeks ago
Close: Ariel said her Modern Family costars Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara were extremely supportive of her decision
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