Texas lawyer Chris Hamilton, who tried but was unable to visit Sara, said:
[Image via Joel Ginsburg/WENN.]
We're so proud of this young lady for speaking out about this!
It can definitely help others who are struggling with similar issues!
"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 sexualized, 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 recognize me by, not, 'Oh, she does great work on Modern Family.'"
The constant attention and scrutiny took their toll emotionally, but Ariel admits that her breasts were also a source of physical pain:
"It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems. 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.'"
Additonally, her breast size created certain problems in her career:
"It did play a part in that I couldn't play younger roles anymore. Once I developed, I couldn't really play 12 or 13 or 14 anymore. They'd want to send me out for 18 or 19, but the problem with 18 or 19 is that I'm not 18 yet. So why would they hire me when they could hire someone that was 18 or 19? That was a problem I ran into. [Having large breasts] automatically makes someone look older and more mature. So it definitely was a problem."
"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."
She explains how she settled on a D cup:
"[My doctor and I] did. I knew for sure that I wasn't going to go bigger than a D, because the whole point was to get rid of it! I was a 32F and that was too big for me! My doctor said we shouldn't go bigger than a D, and I agreed. He said he didn't think we should go smaller than a C, and I agreed. And the reason I said that was because I have always been a curvier girl. Always. And I enjoy being a curvier girl. I don't want to be disproportionate again. I have a big butt, I like having a big butt. I didn't want to have a big butt and no boobs!"
Her Modern Family co-stars were very supportive of her:
"I [only] told Julie Bowen because I had talked to her before about my desire to have the surgery. She was really supportive and understanding. I just saw Sofia [Vergara] the other day and she was like, 'Oh my God! I love them! They're great!' I was like, 'This is hilarious.' It's funny, it's like the guys don't want to say anything, so they don't and they just are like [thinking] 'There's a change.' Which is good I mean [laughs], but it's funny now for them to notice and see the reactions. Everyone is really happy for me and has been super supportive. They understand I've been struggling with this for so many years."
Of course she also had support from her family and boyfriend:
"My sister, Shanelle, is so supportive and loving. She's my best friend in the world. My friends have also been wonderful, and my boyfriend is wonderful to talk to. He and my sister were there for the surgery and in the recovery center. My brother-in-law, my nieces, my dad…everyone was so wonderful for me during that time. I felt so lucky because I never had that before. And now being in a place where I'm so loved and so lucky is really a blessing. When I moved in with my sister, she and I decided that I should go to therapy, and it has been life-changing for me."
The 17-year-old hopes sharing her story will help others as well:
"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 that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have. I am living a dream that a lot of girls my age would love to be living, and I'm aware of that. I'm really grateful that I'm able to do that and have a voice that I'm able to speak to teenagers. I don't want to do anything to mess that up."
She's already feeling a lot better with how people are treating her:
"People start looking me in the eye. Guys I'm friends with can start looking me in the eye. Other people I know can finally not turn around and whisper behind my back about, 'Are those real? Are those fake?' I've heard that for so many years. Even at 14, people would ask me, 'Do you have fake boobs?' But we live in a society that that's what they think about."
And her surgery was also a good experience overall:
"I wasn't hesitant at all. I wasn't sad. I was really so thrilled about it and the idea of not being burdened with these any longer. I think going into the surgery that morning was the only time I ever felt nervous or a little scared, just because I had never had surgery before, not because of what I was about to get done. But I also, I have so much support in my life now."
"I feel great [post-surgery]. It was such a quick recovery for me. I was up and running within five days. The feeling of not having so much there was such a relief! Once the surgery was completed, I can't even explain the feeling. [A week later], I was buying clothes and crying as I put them on, I was so happy. You just feel so relieved and excited. You feel like a new person. You feel like this is how I was supposed to be."
We are SO happy to hear that!
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And see photos of Ariel in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Glamour Magazine.]