"Modern Family" actress Ariel Winters is only 17, but she was already sick of how people only talked about her boobs.
Ariel Winters, 17 años, la nerd de Modern Family, sale a su abuelastra ficticia. pic.twitter.com/UeauazMSIO— Peaky Blinder (@mariapalomitas) January 29, 2015
They were admittedly very large and lovely! But so are lots of things. Mountains. The Empire State Building. The Infinite Jest by the late David Foster Wallace. We don't sexually harass any of those examples, however, unlike teenage girls who are in the media spotlight.
Ariel, best known for playing Alex on the hit ABC sitcom Modern Family, has had a rocky road, with a very well-publicized emancipation from her parents at only 16. Plus, she's a child star! Everyone watches child stars, licking their chops like rabid beasts for the moment they cross the finish line at 18. Or they check in with them 10 years later and are absolutely shocked by how a child actor could grow up into an adult with a hot beard.
Ariel told Glamour how she decided she couldn't take one more leer:
Glamour: How often would you read what people were saying about you? It wasn't just message boards—well-known outlets were writing about your cleavage in their headlines.
Ariel: That’s pretty much all I was known for and that upset me. It made me feel really uncomfortable because as women in the industry, we are totally over sexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet always had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ Or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs At An Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by, not, “Oh, she does great work on Modern Family.”