Ariel Winter is continuing to spread her message of body positivity by posing topless, a year after being open about having breast reduction surgery.
Last year, the Modern Family actress was pictured at the SAG awards in a strapless gown with her scars visible from her recent surgery. At the time, she said she wore the dress on purpose making no effort to cover her scars as it is something she is not ashamed of.
Winter has now posed in an un-retouched shoot for Self magazine and reaffirmed that her choice to reduce her breasts from a 34 F to a 34 C in 2015 was “honestly the greatest choice I made”.
The 18-year-old made the decision at just 17 after struggling for years with severe back and neck pain. She was also frustrated with being sexualised in the media when she happened to wear low cut tops or dresses.
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“I recommend it for everybody – all women who have thought about it and have suffered from having really large breasts and have back problems and just don’t feel right in their own skin,” she told Self.
Growing up in the public eye thanks to her long stint on Modern Family meant she was regularly objectified and scrutinized over her body and wardrobe choices, calling it “quite possibly the worst fort my self-esteem” but said she received support from her co-star Sofia Vergara.
“I had a great role model in Sofia growing up, with her being a curvy woman that was super proud of who she was and what she looked like. She could see that I was struggling a little bit with how to deal with my body and was always trying to give me advice, like ‘Here are some brands that would look good on your body type’ or ‘Wear whatever you want and feel good about yourself’.”
By Olivia Blair