Ariel Winter wants women to love their bodies.
The “Modern Family” star was attending a TV Academy event with her co-stars on Wednesday when she caught up with Entertainment Tonight and opened up about body confidence.
“Well, first of all, the way we are is beautiful. I mean, that’s who we’re supposed to be, you know? And also, at the end of the day, the only person you should be trying to make happy is yourself and not other people,” said Winter. “And I think that that’s the most important lesson we’ve all had to learn throughout the years. It’s definitely that pleasing yourself is most important before anybody else.”
The 19-year-old spoke has spoken out about experiencing body shaming in the past.
“We were criticized a lot. And I was criticized especially being the youngest girl out of the cast. And it was definitely hard,” she revealed.
However, she credits her television family for helping boost her self-esteem.
“The show helped me a lot,” she said to ET. “I was surrounded by so many great people that were really supportive of me and really, you know, wanted me to thrive. And told me all the time that they believed in me and thought I should be confident and all those things.”
Winter previously revealed that she underwent breast reduction surgery in 2015.
She explained her decision to go under the knife to Glamour Magazine that same year.
“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,” Winter said.
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