The ‘Modern Family’ star, who was legally emancipated from her parents in May after being removed from her mother’s home in October 2012 amid allegations of abuse, feels « so excited and relieved » after reducing the size of her « painful » breasts from a 32F to a 34D in June.
The 17-year-old actress said: « It’s amazing to finally feel right. This is how I was supposed to be.
« It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine. »
The brunette beauty also used to find it « really hard » for her to find things to wear at red carpet events.
She told Glamour.com: « There was so little that I could wear that was age-appropriate. I’d have to wear the dress that was super tight and form-fitted everywhere because if I didn’t, it didn’t look good.
« It’s hard when you’re a teenage girl and you already have a lot of ridicule and then you pile on more, and it’s kind of…it just gets too much. 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. »
But Ariel is still very proud of her figure.
She said: « I have always been a curvier girl. Always. And I enjoy being a curvier girl. »
Her female co-stars have reacted positively to her transformation.
She said: « I [only] told Julie Bowen because I had talked to her before about my desire to have the surgery. She was really supportive and understanding. I just saw [Sofia Vergara] the other day and she was like, ‘Oh my God! I love them! They’re great!’
« Everyone is really happy for me and has been super supportive. They understand I’ve been struggling with this for so many years. »
Meanwhile, the actress admits she is still estranged from her mother, Crystal Workman.
She said: « She and I don’t speak. »