Ariel Winter, best known for her role on the hit sitcom “Modern Family,” has been making a name for herself outside of the small screen as of late, partly because of her, well, small outfits.
Since blossoming into the 19-year-old she is today, Winter, like any young adult, began experimenting with her style; however, her choices haven’t been the most subtle. In fact, the starlet has been slammed more than once for her appearance, but she’s been clear that when it comes to what she wears, she’s in charge.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Winter revealed that wasn’t always the case.
The actress has long been transparent regarding her relationship with her mother, Crystal Workman. She became legally emancipated from her mom in May 2015, citing both physical and emotional abuse — which reportedly occurred not only in private, but also on the set of “Modern Family.”Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
And when opening up to The Hollywood Reporter, she detailed some of that mistreatment — some of which might explain why she’s so resolute about what she wears. She recalled how her mother had dressed her since she was 7 years old [emphasis added]:
“[She dressed me] in the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you’ve ever seen. People thought I was 24 when I was 12. If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes.”
Moreover, she revealed she wasn’t allowed to befriend other girls, because according to her mother, “females are competition — that’s how some people see it.”
She even revealed her mother had her on a strict diet, saying food was “very, very restricted.”
Her on-set teacher, Sharon Sacks, recalled the severe rules Winter had to abide by:
“I would order a couple lunches in my name so Ariel could eat one of them. I could tell she was hungry. Boiled chicken and cucumbers isn’t going to do it for a growing kid.”
And she added that she believed Winter was deprived of necessary sleep:
“Her mother kept her out late at night at these ridiculous parties. She was 12 and 13 years old and had to be on set at 6:30, 7.”
All this and more led to Winter’s 13-going-on-30 maturity level; however, it might also have contributed to her most controversial decisions: Clothing.
She’s addressed the backlash she’s received for her risqué looks several times, circling back to the point of not letting anyone influence her decision on how to express herself:
She is currently set to attend UCLA this year while also working on “Modern Family.” Most importantly to her, she’s living in her own home with her own rules.
She told The Hollywood Reporter that by the time she was 13 years old, she was mentally prepared to enter foster care rather than continue to live with her mother, saying:
“I went through a really rough period, a really bad chapter.”
Thankfully, however, her adult sister — whom she said she had only met a handful of times — decided to take her in during the years-long process of emancipation.