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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.

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

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."

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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.


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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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According to CTV News, a 5-year-old shepherd-cross named Gem escaped from her fenced backyard in Winnipeg early Saturday morning and ended up at the door of Happy Tails Pet Resort & Spa, five blocks away. An employee at the spa saw Gem at the gate around 6:30 a.m. and was surprised when they noticed her owners were nowhere to be seen.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."