Ariel Winter: “I used to have full-scale meltdowns in bathing suit shops”

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On being insecure at times:

Because I’m honest about my insecurities, people think I’m 100 percent positive about my body all the time, but I’m not. I get really uncomfortable, too. But I just remind myself that this is the body I was given. This is who I am.

On getting a breast reduction:

When I got the breast reduction it helped me feel so much better about my body. I used to have full-scale meltdowns in bathing suit shops because there was nothing I could find to wear. I always felt like crap about myself. My best friend, she’s super tall and skinny and she’ll wear the same bathing suit as me, but people will automatically look at me and call me out as a s**t or write headlines about “Ariel Winter’s cleavage. Meanwhile they look at her like, “Oh she looks so cute!” But I’ve learned to not care about that as much. I’m comfortable in a bathing suit, scars and all.

On being criticized:

I went through a lot of hate online, so I tried to change myself for a really long time. But people just kept hating on me no matter what I did. I decided that instead of pleasing these other people, I’ll just spend that time pleasing myself. Those people are going to be rude to me regardless of what I do, so I should just try and be happy with what I am.

On wearing makeup at the beach:

I’m definitely a makeup at the beach person, and I don’t care if people think I look ridiculous — it’s my beach day! Whether I want to go natural or with makeup or in sweatpants, that’s up to me. People are so stressed out about how they’re going to look in their bathing suits that they forget to go to the beach because they want to go to the beach, which defeats the purpose. The beach should be a safe space.

… says Ariel.

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