Ariel Winter
Actress Ariel Winter of the comedy series "Modern Family" arrives at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. Reuters/Mike Blake

“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter has matured enough to not only reply to her breast reduction critics, but also embrace her scars as part of her body. After getting a breast reduction surgery last June, she went strapless, wearing a black Romona Keveza gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in February. Her scars were visible and she was criticised for displaying her surgical marks.

“There's absolutely nothing wrong with them. And I think that that's really messed up that a lot of people are saying that we can't be beautiful with scars,” the 18-year-old Winter said.

The actress was also disappointed at the fact that her curves and scars were making headlines more than her career achievements. However, she is carrying her scars with élan.

“The funny part is I didn't even notice them. I didn't think to cover them. I didn't even think twice. It really astounded me when I was getting a lot of comments from people telling me to put my scars away and that they were gross. And I think that's just so ridiculous considering they're a part of me. They're not going away,” Winter, who went from a 32F to a 32D, told Good Morning America.

However, Winter’s legal battles with estranged mum Chrisoula “Crystal” Workman have really affected her. In 2012, she was removed from her home following abuse allegations against Workman. The Department of Children and Family Services later confirmed that Winter was physically and emotionally abused. Soon her guardianship was transferred to her sister Shanelle Workman. Winter’s mother denied all the allegations.

In 2015, Winter was officially emancipated. She is very close to her sister and father but has not spoken to her mother for three and a half years.

“I don’t [have a relationship with my mom]. We haven’t spoken in three and a half years,” said Winter.