At age 18, the average first-world teenager graduates from high school and takes a few awkward steps out of the nest. Ariel Winter‘s lived a lot more than the average 18-year-old woman. She worked at achieving emancipation for years, grew up under ungodly Hollywood beauty standards, and forged through a breast reduction ordeal. While large breasts are often seen as the apex of womanhood, they can be a serious pain. There’s nothing quite like feeling betrayed by one’s own body, and Winter has spoken at length about “the excruciating pain” involved with hauling around 32-F breasts.
Winter recently said she’s “not ashamed” of her scars from the surgery, for the comfort of 34-D breasts is worth any downside. In a new interview with TIME‘s Motto blog, Winter says the trolls once raged with “gross” comments after her body (seemingly) matured overnight. She says “older male fans” were particularly rude, and Hollywood compounded matters by offering her “older” roles, as well. Winter, still a child at that point, heard plenty of criticism from grown-ass adults about her natural-born body. However, she says the surgery was only for herself:
“People may find it hard to believe, but when I got my breast-reduction surgery last year, it wasn’t because of the mean comments online. It wasn’t because I didn’t like how I looked. Having so much weight on my frame was affecting me psychologically. I was uncomfortable and unhappy. I chose surgery because of how I felt, not because of what anyone else thought.”