LOS ANGELES - SEP 20:  Ariel Winter at the Primetime Emmy AwardsFor such a young actress, Ariel Winter definitely seems to be a seasoned veteran. Even as an underage star of Modern Family, it seemed like the media spent an inappropriate amount of time discussing her figure. Now, at 18 years old, she seems to be taking control of the narrative.

Breast Reduction
As is the case with most girls, Winter was looking forward to the changes puberty would bring but, as her body developed, she began to feel that her breasts were bigger than she’d like. She explained: “Being a 5-ft.-tall girl and having extremely large breasts is really ostracizing and excruciatingly painful but I didn’t really express how I felt about that. I’d just be wearing something anyone else could wear, but I’d read comments saying, ‘She dresses inappropriately.'”

While this experience was emotionally hurtful, Winter says that her decision to go under the knife was prompted by physical pain. Some have commented that her breasts are still larger than the average woman’s (she can’t win!) but Winter explained that, when deciding how much tissue to remove, she had to consider her body type. “They were way too big, originally,” she said. “But I didn’t want to be disproportionate.”

Scars Visible on Red Carpet

Winter caused an onslaught of comments on the internet again recently but it was for an entirely different reason. While attending the SAG Awards, she chose to hit the red carpet in a strapless, backless, black embroidered gown by Romona Keveza that allowed her breast reduction scars to be visible. It’s disappointing that it generated such a reaction but her response was empowering for women everywhere.

The actress took to Twitter and wrote: “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 echoed the sentiment for her Instagram followers and captioned a photo of a quote from Marc Jacobs that said: “Embrace all that you are…Scars & everything. Your imperfections make you perfectly you #loveyourself.”

Hopefully, she can be a positive example of self-acceptance for her fans. We are all different and we all have flaws. Our uniqueness makes us beautiful.