- The Washington Times - Friday, August 14, 2015

“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter is opening up about the physical and emotional pain she endured with size 32F breasts, which ultimately led her to go under the knife in June.

“It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health, and I think that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt happier with myself than I ever have,” the 17-year-old actress told Glamour magazine.

Ms. Winter went from a size 32F to a 34D after surgery when she finished wrapping season seven of the hit ABC show, in which she plays the nerdy, sarcastic middle sister Alex Dunphy, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Ms. Winter said the misogynistic attention she’s received since she was 15 made her feel uncomfortable in her own skin.

“The Internet bullies are awful. I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting,” she told Glamour. “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!’” she said. “That’s all people would recognize me by, not, ‘Oh, she does great work on “Modern Family.”’”

Ms. Winter also opened up about the physical pain of having a large chest.

“It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” she said. “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,’ [the doctor] said, ‘Your back is going to thank you so much.’”

She said she hopes sharing her story will inspire others.

“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,” Ms. Winter said.

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