Ariel Winter has described her breast reduction surgery at the age of 17 to be “freeing”.
In a new interview with StyleCaster, the actress discussed her time playing teenager Alex Dunphy on the hit U.S. TV sitcom Modern Family, and shared that she first began to have issues with her breasts when she went through puberty during the second and third seasons.
“When I started the show. I was very small and awkward, which is perfect for Alex,” Ariel explained, joking that she had always “wished for boobs” but immediately regretted it. “I just kept getting boobs until I didn’t want boobs anymore.”
She revealed that the show’s creators, Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, still wanted to make her character look young, so they decided to try and tape down her breasts while filming.
“We definitely did many things to try to push them in,” the 22-year-old noted. “They were never taped-taped, but it was a lot of like, ‘Maybe she can wear two sports bras.’ It was awkward for me to be sitting there while people were figuring out what to do with my boobs.”
However, when she was 17, Ariel made the decision to have her 32F chest reduced to a manageable 34D, and insisted that the surgery changed her life.
“It felt so freeing. I felt so happy,” the star candidly admitted. “There was no more back pain. I didn’t have indents on my shoulders because of my bra. I could find cute bras.”
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