'Modern Family' Star Ariel Winter Reveals She Had Breast Reduction Surgery

MICHAEL ROTHMAN

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is opening up about her decision to have breast reduction surgery.

The 17-year-old, who underwent the procedure back in June, admits in an interview with Galmour that she's dealt with mental and physical issues due to her breast size for years, admitting the pain got so bad at times that in the past, she's had to hunch over while on set.

Winter had the surgery two months ago to go from size F to a D.

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"I went to a swimsuit store with my cousin a few months ago and couldn’t find a bathing suit that fit me. I really felt bad about myself. I didn’t feel happy," she explained about when she finally decided to move forward with the surgery. She added that a few of her cousins had also had the procedure done, as well, so it wasn't a big shock to the few family members she told prior.

Winter, who said she's dealt with issues since when she was just 15, added that she couldn't wear normal teenage clothes and "definitely" did not feel confident.

"On [red carpets], I just said to myself, 'You have to do your best to look confident and stand up tall, and make yourself look as good as you can in these photos,' because everyone is going to see them. I definitely seemed confident; I’m an actress, that’s what we do. But on the inside, I wasn’t feeling so happy," she said.

What really got Winter upset were the headlines and the fact that she couldn't even play her age in other acting projects.

"That’s pretty much all I was known for and that upset me. It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally over-sexualized, and treated like objects," she continued. "Once I developed, I couldn’t really play 12 or 13 or 14 anymore. They’d want to send me out for 18 or 19, but the problem with 18 or 19 is that I’m not 18 yet."

Then, there was the immense pain.

"I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine," she said.

"Modern Family" co-stars like Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara have been nothing but supportive, the young actress said, in addition to her sister, Shanelle, and her close friends.

"I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have," she said. "People start looking me in the eye. Guys I’m friends with can start looking me in the eye. Other people I know can finally not turn around and whisper behind my back about, 'Are those real? Are those fake?' I’ve heard that for so many years."

She continued, "The feeling of not having so much there was such a relief! Once the surgery was completed, I can’t even explain the feeling. [A week later], I was buying clothes and crying as I put them on, I was so happy. ... You feel like this is how I was supposed to be."