Ariel Winter Says Her Breast Reduction Surgery Was the ‘Greatest Choice’ She’s Ever Made

Ariel Winter doesn’t miss her 32F boobs one bit.

Posing topless for Self magazine, the Modern Family star opened up about her body struggles, calling her breast reduction surgery “honestly the greatest choice” she’s made in her life. Not only was her large chest giving her back problems, but being busty as such a young age was taking a mental toll on her as well.

“Growing up in the spotlight was quite possibly the worst for my self-esteem,” she told the publication. “I had a hard time finding confidence within myself. When I started, I had a completely different body than what happened overnight at 12 years old. I was stick thin, I had no chest, I had no butt—I had nothing. I was totally flat, and I was so sad about it. Then automatically, overnight, my body changed drastically. I was a D cup and had a bigger butt, and my waist was expanding. Everything was getting bigger. I automatically got this hate and judgment online.”

Winter, now 18, recalled, ““If I went to the Emmys, or if I even went to the grocery store, there would be an article the next day being like ‘Ariel Winter [had] her boobs out at this event!’ Just really negative things that weren’t helpful for me.”

In 2015, the actress opted to undergo a procedure that would reduce her breast size back to a D cup. To this day, she proudly shows off the scars from the surgery.

“I stayed in a recovery center for one or two nights [after the surgery] just because I wanted to,” Winter remembered. “I didn’t even really need to. It was that quick and painless. Literally I sat in the center and I was nervous about it. You know, ‘I want to go to this recovery center, because I’m nervous.’ The first night, I could have gone home. I woke up, I felt great. I was sitting there ordering a bunch of new clothes for myself, because I was so excited about it.”

She added, “I recommend it for everybody—all women that 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.”

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Since the breast reduction, Winter has admittedly been feeling more comfortable with her own body. Though she still faces criticism online for sharing scantily-clad selfies, Winter believes she’s doing nothing wrong with flaunting her curves for all to see.

“I think people make a lot of judgments about me based on what I wear and all the things that I do,” she said. “They kind of glorify and objectify a lot of the things that I do, and I wish people would just see me as the normal 18-year-old that I am. I’m doing the same things that everybody my age is doing…people are taking it and making it [seem] like I’m doing stuff that is crazy when really I’m just being me. I wish people would see that.”