Ariel Winter is proud of her body, scars and all.
When the “Modern Family” actress arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards over the weekend, she looked stunning in a strapless black dress with an open back. The gown was no doubt sexy and people were quick to notice that it didn’t hide the scars from her breast reduction surgery.
But don’t be so quick to call it a wardrobe malfunction. The fact of the matter is the 18-year-old didn’t want to hide her scars.
“Guys there is a reason I didn’t make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all,” she wrote in a tweet following the award show.
“I got it for myself. I can’t even really put it into words about how amazing it feels to really feel right,” the teen star explained to the magazine. “This is how I was supposed to be.”
The actress also admitted that, aside from the physical pain her chest caused, she was bullied about her body before having the surgery.
“We live in a day and age where everything you do is ridiculed. The Internet bullies are awful,” she said. “I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting.”
In November 2015, she continued to be a body image role model when she shut down body shamers who posted hateful comments on a photo of her in a bikini with her nieces.
“You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing,” she wrote on Instagram. “You are expressing yourself and don’t you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing — YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.”
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