Ariel Winter’s Mother Sexualized Her At A Very Young Age

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Ariel Winter often causes a commotion with her racy outfits on the red carpet, but her mother was dressing her up in scandalous outfits long before she became a star on “Modern Family.”

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Thursday, the 19-year-old actress revealed that her stage mother, Crystal Workman, sexualized her at a very young age while pushing her into the Hollywood spotlight.

Winter began acting at the age of four. Not long after, before she was even a teenager, Workman made her wear “the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you’ve ever seen.”

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“People thought I was 24 when I was 12,” Winter told The Hollywood Reporter. “If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes.”

In addition to her mother’s demands when it came to her budding acting career, Winter also claimed that she suffered physical and emotional abuse from Workman.

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Winter eventually emancipated herself from her mother with the help of several people from “Modern Family” who were concerned for her well-being. She hasn’t spoken to her mother in five years, and although she cause her to have a traumatic childhood, she wouldn’t change it.

“Even though I wish I had a better childhood, I wouldn’t trade it, because it made me who I am today,” Winter explained. “I still respect the people that hurt me.”