Forget waking up like this! Ariel Winter doesn’t like going au natural when she goes swimming.
“I’m definitely a makeup at the beach person, and I don’t care if people think I look ridiculous — it’s my beach day!” the Modern Family star says in her latest interview with Refinery 21. “Whether I want to go natural or with makeup or in sweatpants, that’s up to me. People are so stressed out about how they’re going to look in their bathing suits that they forget to go to the beach because they want to go to the beach, which defeats the whole purpose. The beach should be a safe space.”
The 19-year-old adds it took her a while to be comfortable with her body. Having had a 32F bra size prior to her 2015 breast reduction surgery, Winter admits bikini-shopping used to be a anxiety-inducing.
“I used to have full-scale meltdowns in bathing suit shops because there was nothing I could find to wear. I always felt like crap about myself. It’s gotten a little better, but it’s still definitely hard,” she explains. “But I’ve learned to not care about that as much. I’m comfortable in a bathing suit, scars and all.”
Winter has the same attitude for those who criticize her personal life, too. Hitting back at those who criticize her relationship with 29-year-old boyfriend Levi Meaden, with whom she shares the same house, the actress says she DGAF when it comes to backlash about their age difference.
“I’m happy, and whatever people want to say, they can say,” she quips. “I don’t understand why someone would even comment on our situation at all. There are tons of people of all ages that live with their boyfriend. There are tons of people that live with their girlfriends, [and] tons of people that don’t live together and are super happy. But I’m super happy in the arrangement that we have. We love living together. It’s just great.”