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Why Ariel Winter chose a dress that showed her breast reduction scars.

Ariel Winter had breast reduction surgery. And she's not ashamed of it.

In January, Ariel Winter rocked the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

You might know her as studious middle child Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC series "Modern Family."

Winter was there to celebrate her show's two big nods — for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (shoutout to her TV dad, actor Ty Burrell).


Unfortunately, chatter started soon after Winter's red carpet appearance when photos revealed scarring from a medical procedure.

The 18-year-old had undergone breast reduction surgery in summer 2015 — a decision, she told People magazine, that she's "extremely happy with."

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.

Not only had the size of her breasts been causing her pain, but she hated that her body had become more of a conversation topic than her acting chops.

"It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally over-sexualized and treated like objects," Winter told Glamour last August. "Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet 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.'"

As a human being with free will, Winter certainly shouldn't feel ashamed of her decision to do what's best for her and her health.

And on Sunday, as tweets began rolling in, she made that very clear.

Winter shared a message on Twitter clarifying her decision to strut the red carpet the way she did.

Yes, Ariel!

I mean, for real.

Let's just take a moment and let it out.

Why should Winter feel ashamed? Bodies come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders — and yes, plenty have scars, too. What's there to hide?

Winter has become an outspoken social media badass, joining other young female stars like Amandla Stenberg and Rowan Blanchard.

Beyond promoting major body positivity on Twitter (her tweet after the SAG Awards has been Liked more than 1,400 times, by the way), Winter made waves last month for slamming misogynistic homophobe Nash Grier, whose popular Vine account bolstered him to Internet stardom in recent years.


Upon getting backlash from Grier's fans for the tweet, Winter penned a poignant response explaining how he's used his platform to promote dangerous rhetoric for quite some time, harming women and the LGBT community along the way (that tweet got a cool 27,000 Likes, FYI).

When Winter's not slaying Internet celebrities for ignorant comments, she's supporting cool groups with awesome missions — like, say, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, which helps empower young women to follow their dreams.

She chatted with them at the SAG Awards about why she'd prefer to fast-forward to the future than meddle in the past:


It shouldn't be a big deal that Winter showed off her scars on the red carpet. But in today's world, it still is.

When so many of us might cover up our insecurities in order to be red-carpet-ready, it's nice to know at least one star is comfortable in her own skin — scars and all.


Image from YouTube video.

An emotional and strong Matt Diaz.


Matt Diaz has worked extremely hard to lose 270 pounds over the past six years.

But his proudest moment came in March 2015 when he decided to film himself with his shirt off to prove an important point about body positivity and self-love.

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Man uses social media to teach others ASL so kids don't experience what he did as a child

Every child should be able to communicate in a way that works best for them.

Man teaches people ASL so no child experiences what he did

People start communicating from the moment they enter the world usually through cries, faces, grunts and squeals. Once infants move into the toddler phase the combine all of their previous communication skills with pointing and saying a few frequently used words like "milk," "mama," "dada" and "eat."

Children who are born without the ability to hear often still go through those same stages with the exception of their frequently used words being in sign language. But not all hearing parents know sign language, which can stunt the language skills of their non-hearing child. Ronnie McKenzie is an American Sign Language advocate that uses social media to teach others how to sign so deaf and nonverbal kids don't feel left out.

"But seriously i felt so isolated 50% of my life especially being outside of school i had NONE to sign ASL with. Imagine being restricted from your own language," McKenzie writes in his caption.

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Wife says husband's last name is so awful she can't give it to her kids. Is she right?

"I totally get we can’t shield kids from everything, and I understand the whole family ties thing, but c’mon."

A wife pleads with her husband to change their child's name.

Even though it’s 2023 and schools are much more concerned with protecting children from bullying than in the past, parents still have to be aware that kids will be kids, and having a child with a funny name is bound to cause them trouble.

A mother on Reddit is concerned that her future children will have the unfortunate last name of “Butt,” so she asked people on the namenerds forum to help her convince her husband to name their child something different.

(Note: We’re assuming that the person who wrote the post is a woman because their husband is interested in perpetuating the family name, and if it were a same-sex relationship, a husband probably wouldn’t automatically make that assumption.)

"My husband’s last name is Butt. Can someone please help me illuminate to him why this last name is less than ideal,” she asked the forum. “I totally get we can’t shield kids from everything and I understand the whole family ties thing, but c'mon. Am I being unreasonable by suggesting our future kid either take my name, a hybrid, or a new one altogether?"

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Bus driver comes to the rescue for boy who didn't have an outfit for school's Pajamas Day

“It hurt me so bad…I wanted him to have a good day. No child should have to miss out on something as small as pajama day.”

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One thoughtful act can completely turn someone's day around.

On the morning just before Valentine’s Day, school bus driver Larry Farrish Jr. noticed something amiss with Levi, one of his first grade passengers, on route to Engelhard Elementary, part of Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky.

On any other day, the boy would greet Farrish with a smile and a wave. But today, nothing. Levi sat down by himself, eyes downcast, no shining grin to be seen. Farrish knew something was up, and decided to inquire.

With a “face full of tears,” as described on the JCPS website, Levi told Farrish that today was “Pajama Day” at school, but he didn’t have any pajamas to wear for the special occasion.
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Memories of testing like this gets people fired up.

It doesn't take much to cause everyone on the internet to go a little crazy, so it's not completely surprising that an incorrect answer on a child's math test is the latest event to get people fired up.

The test in question asked kids to solve "5 x 3" using repeated addition. Under this method, the correct answer is "5 groups of 3," not "3 groups of 5." The question is typical of Common Core but has many questioning this type of standardized testing and how it affects learning.

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There are over 30 years between these amazing before-and-after photos.

"It's important for me for my photography to make people smile."

All photos by Chris Porsz/REX/Shutterstock.

Before and after photos separated by 30 years.


Chris Porsz was tired of studying sociology.

As a university student in the 1970s, he found the talk of economics and statistics completely mind-numbing. So instead, he says, he roamed the streets of his hometown of Peterborough, England, with a camera in hand, snapping pictures of the people he met and listening to their stories. To him, it was a far better way to understand the world.

He always looked for the most eccentric people he could find, anyone who stood out from the crowd. Sometimes he'd snap a single picture of that person and walk away. Other times he'd have lengthy conversations with these strangers.

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