Article Nov 13, 2016

You are no longer passing

Ariel Winter aims to empower all women

Ariel Winter is trying to help young girls understand that there is no perfect body type.

The Modern Family star has been vocal about the online abuse she was subjected to as she grew up on screen, revealing to Us Magazine’s Stylish section she has been called “every name in the book: fat, a sl*t, trashy, ugly”.

To make sure other girls don’t go through the same experience, Ariel has teamed up with Dove on its long-running Self Esteem Project.

"What I think is really amazing about it is that we're empowering young women to love themselves, to be comfortable with themselves," she smiled. "And it's not just about (liking) what they look like, but loving who they are.

"We're teaching them… so we can change the (land)scape, so they don't have to grow up the way I did.”

In 2015 the 18-year-old underwent breast reduction surgery, making her size F chest markedly smaller. Despite receiving a hard time at the hands of internet trolls both before and after the operation, Ariel was always supported by fans and others who had experienced body confidence issues. And the actress still finds strength from hearing such stories.

“I read a lot of the stories young women will send me about their body positivity and their body journeys, and that really helps me," she shared. "There are a lot of young women who are going through the same thing that I went through, and I think it's important that we all empower each other. It makes it easier."