By Marissa Eller
“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” -Carly Simon
Modern Family actress and known feminist icon Ariel Winter recently stepped out in a stunning black strapless gown at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards Red Carpet., showing off her proudly earned scars.
Winter recently underwent surgery to reduce the 32F bust line she’d had since she was fifteen. Now a 34D, she feels more balanced and is even more inspiring to young girls.
“It’s important to talk about it because there are young girls suffering like I did, but there shouldn’t be a stigma about it,” Ariel declared.
As a woman who knows the same struggle, Ariel is personally inspiring to me on a deeper level. Every girl deserves to feel good in her own body; by showing her scars, Ariel is standing up to body shamers.
Nothing is more important than being confident in yourself, and Ariel Winter shows anyone who has ever felt out of place in their body that self-improvement is as natural as breathing. Improving who you are, whether through academics, a new hobby, or even a plastic surgery, is nothing to ever be ashamed of. Something as simple as changing your style or something as seemingly complicated as a breast reduction surgery can drastically alter your life.
Standing up to body shamers is Ariel Winter’s life’s mission, and it’s mine as well. Every girl deserves to feel beautiful and comfortable in her own skin. Previously, Winter has owned up to her past experience with being cyber-bullied and even had to address crude comments on a seemingly innocent bikini picture with her nieces on Instagram. Many people commented that she was “asking for it”, which prompted her to post another picture of what different skirt lengths meant with words like “prude” and “provocative” written on the back of a woman’s leg.
Feminism is about proving that men and women are equal. Women like Ariel Winter are doing just that by helping others become confident and comfortable with who they are.