"I went to a swimsuit store with my cousin a few months ago and couldn’t find a bathing suit that fit me. I really felt bad about myself. I didn’t feel happy," Winter recalled. "I just kept saying, 'What am I going to wear? There’s nothing for me to wear at the beach, at the pool.' I can’t go to a party with my friends and wear the same thing as them. I have to be completely covered up otherwise I’ll look a certain way that I’m not intending to look."
The TV star said she endured physical pain because of her large bust size. "I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn't stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain," she said. "My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine. I had been discussing my chest with doctors for many years, but when I finally said, 'I’m thinking of doing this,' he said, 'Your back is going to thank you so much.'"
Winter also admitted that she never felt super secure when walking all those red carpets. "We live in a day and age where everything you do is ridiculed. The internet bullies are awful. I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am, and that I am disgusting," she confessed. "On [red carpets], I just said to myself, 'You have to do your best to look confident and stand up tall, and make yourself look as good as you can in these photos.'"
As for her Modern Family co-stars, Winter says she first told her on-screen mom Julie Bowen about her breast reduction and she was "really supportive and understanding."
The voluptuous Sofia Vergara also had her back. "I just saw Sofia [Vergara] the other day and she was like, 'Oh my God! I love them! They’re great!'" Winter said. "I was like, 'This is hilarious.' It’s funny, it's like the guys don’t want to say anything, so they don’t and they just are like [thinking] 'There’s a change.'"
She added of her co-stars' reaction, "Everyone is really happy for me and has been super supportive. They understand I’ve been struggling with this for so many years."