Ariel Winter really doesn't owe anyone an explanation as to why she chose to undergo breast reduction surgery last year.
However, in a new essay penned by the 18-year-old starlet, she does just that.
And good for her! We're happy to see her feeling confident and happy!
In the post for Motto, the Modern Family star wrote:
"Women are already over-sexualized, and I grew into my body so young. 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. 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.
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. Sometimes, it felt like even my work was defined by my body. I was offered a lot of older roles because I wasn't able to play 'younger' anymore."
Ugh, we hate she had to go through that.
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But, at the end of the day, she made the decision to go ahead with the procedure because of personal reasons:
"It's really difficult to be such a small girl and have so much weight on your chest. 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. People may find it hard to believe, but when I got my breast-reduction surgery last year, it wasn't because of the mean comments online. It wasn't because I didn't like how I looked. Having so much weight on my frame was affecting me psychologically. I was uncomfortable and unhappy. I chose surgery because of how I felt, not because of what anyone else thought."
So the El Lay native did what she had to do:
"Afterward, I automatically felt so much happier and just better physically. My back and shoulders didn't hurt anymore! The first thing I wanted to do was go clothing shopping because I was so excited to be able to find things that fit properly instead of hiding in a baggy sweater. That meant the world to me. Don't get me wrong: I don't think women should ever change themselves based on anyone else's standards. 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."
Do you, girlfriend.
[Image via WENN.]
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