Whether it’s sexy glam on the red carpet or copping J.Lo’s glitzy style on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Modern Family star Ariel Winter is always brimming with confidence. Now, the actress is sharing some of her body-positive advice so we can be just as fearless as she is, even at the beach.
In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Winter revealed that she dons a full face of makeup for her oceanside glam, haters be darned. “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!” the sitcom star said. “Whether I want to go natural or with makeup or in sweatpants, that’s up to me.” Yes, girl, preach!
Being confident in her own skin is something the young star learned to do in the spotlight. Two years ago, Winter underwent a highly publicized breast-reduction surgery, a procedure that helped her conquer body image issues that rose from having a 32F bra size. “Before then, I didn’t feel like myself, and everyone was so focused on my cleavage, so when I got the breast reduction it helped me feel so much better about my body,” she said.
In addition to her physical changes, Winter says she’s (slowly) learning to embrace the curves that once caused her agony. “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,” she admitted. “It’s gotten a little better, but it’s still definitely hard. Like, 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 slut 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.”
After all, at the end of the day, she makes a brilliant point about what going to the beach is actually all about, and no, it’s not about your outfit. “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 whole purpose,” she said. “The beach should be a safe space.”
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(h/t Refinery 29; Photo via Noam Galai, Frazer Harrison/Getty)