Ariel Winter is fighting back against accusations that she's had "extensive" plastic surgery.
In fact, the 21-year-old star of Modern Family denies having ANY facial surgery at all.
But ever since she shared this selfie in 2017, fans haven't stopped asking why she suddenly looks so different.
On a more recent post on Instagram, one person commented: "How many surgeries have you had on your body and face now? Two breast reductions, that's obvious, cheek bone and chin shaving and lip fillers. Pretty obvious, she looks so different #Truth."
"I wasn't going to reply but I HAVE to ask… what the f— is cheek bone and chin shaving????" Ariel fired back. "You're also wrong about all of it by the way 🙂 one breast reduction and I lost weight but you do you boo."
For the record, breast size (and breast reduction surgery) isn't part of the discussion here.
But I have to ask—are the obvious changes in her facial features REALLY just "weight loss"?
I, for one, am tired of celebrities accusing us of "shaming" for wanting to know!
If you feel the same, join me in taking a look at Ariel's beauty transformation from 2008 until now.
Ariel in 2008
Alright, our first pic is of a 10-year-old Ariel (she actually has been working since the age of four!). Such a cutie, right? We can see that her natural hair colour is brown, not the black she is known for, but I don't think this reddish tint is her own. (She told People she started dyeing her hair starting at age seven to have a better chance at winning parts!)
Ariel in 2009
Next up is Ariel, pre-braces, at 11 years old. This isn't a natural darkening of her hair colour; since Modern Family premiered later that year, I'm guessing they wanted it darker for her role as Alex Dunphy. Notice her nose and lips, of course, and how she was already tweezing her brows into a skinnier shape.
Ariel in 2010
The following year, Ariel's hair dye had faded. We can see a hint of her real colour at the roots, where it is lighter and more reddish. As for the weird ringlet hairstyle, I think we've all been there (at least I have!).
Ariel in 2011
Just before turning 13, Ariel had braces put on her teeth, and it looks like her brows were starting to grow out. (Around 2011 is when bolder brows began trending!) Her hair is looking much better in this blowout to show off the glossy reddish brown hue.
Ariel in 2012
By 2012, Ariel's braces were off, and she started experimenting with more grown-up hairstyles and makeup. (She always did love a false lash, even here at 14!) Obviously, this is very much her original nose, but also, this is her original teeth colour. I think later on she had her smile subtly brightened.
Ariel in 2013
By the time she turned 15, Ariel had lost that "baby-faced" look... but I still would NOT know this was her! Although her hair is lighter here, I think the main reason is her nose, which was "big" for Hollywood standards. (Meaning, it was a perfectly fine nose in "civilian" terms!)
Ariel in 2014
In 2014, Ariel adopted her signature black hair colour. I have to say, she wears it well and it didn't really occur to me that wasn't her own! (Brows are so important in that respect, and she always kept hers a close match.) I've always thought she had the most beautiful skin. And her natural lips were full, but not swollen-looking.
Ariel in 2015
Now, this shot of Ariel at age 17 looks a little different from previous red carpet events. She has attributed her recent facial changes to weight loss, and seeing this, I'll buy that—partially! It does look like she may have been heavier here, which gives her already round face an even fuller look. Her teeth are now whiter than they were in 2012, but I don't think any other procedures were happening... yet!
Ariel in 2016
A year later, Ariel looked radically different, and I'm not just talking about the jet-black wavy hairstyle and dramatic eye makeup. It could be weight loss, yes, or the fact that her hair is covering the sides of her face (making it look slimmer). Or did she have something done? I don't think she touched her nose yet, though, and as for her lips, it's hard to say if it's just the lip colour. Fortunately, we can settle the debate with the next pic... are you ready?
Ariel in 2017
Well, well, well! I know what you're thinking and I AGREE. Ariel (who was 19 at this point) debuted what looks like a new nose, new lips, and a more oval face shape. I mean, the lip fillers are especially obvious—the obliteration of the Cupid's bow is such a "tell." Between the procedures and the styling, she looks like the brunette replica of Dove Cameron!
Ariel in 2018
Fast-forward to 2018, and Ariel's lips continued to inflate. They're actually lopsided! (Are you even surprised that her fans were speaking out? I guess we're not supposed to "notice" these wonky things.) If you told me this was Kylie Jenner, I wouldn't blink an eye.
This one is equally Kylie-esque. Even her eyebrows have been Kardashian-ified! I just think, when you have skin as crazy-gorgeous as Ariel does, it's a shame to cover it up with all that heavy foundation, contour and blush. But get ready for 2019, because the next two pics are going to blow your mind...
Ariel in 2019
What a turnaround, right?! I have to say, I LOVE this. I'm not sure I would have recognized her, mind you, but she looks so, so good. The lip fillers have mostly dissolved, brows are natural, and her skin, hair and makeup are fresh and pretty. The question is... how did her face shape change so much?
And now I definitely would not recognize her! Ariel recently stepped out with red hair, and what appear to be long extensions, and she could be Isla Fisher's little sister. (Even her brows are red, by the way!) I'm not sure how I feel about this change. Her nose, and face, are looking more petite than ever.
Ariel Winter Before and After
"I didn't get plastic surgery," Ariel has stated on her Instagram account. Do you believe her?
Looking at her nose in these side-by-side comparisons, I'm having a hard time!
To me, it does appear that she underwent a rhinoplasty... like every other person on American TV! But maybe she thinks it doesn't "count" because all celebs do it, and it happened earlier on in her career?
Technically, lip fillers are not surgery, so she's not lying there. But it's super obvious that she experimented with them for a while, although it doesn't seem like she's using them anymore.
Then there's the matter of her new oval face shape and tighter jawline. I have to agree that the idea of her having "cheek bone and chin shaving" is pretty radical and far-fetched.
Instead, I suspect that in addition to weight loss (which she said was a result of switching antidepressants), she may have had Botox in her jaw. When it is injected into the masseter muscles, it can have a dramatically slimming effect. Another possibility is submental liposuction, which contours the jawline by removing excess fat. Again, technically not surgery.
Either way, she doesn't want us to talk about these things because it's "not supportive of women," as she wrote in another Instagram comment.
Of course it's her choice to have whatever procedures she wants, and she doesn't have to tell us anything. But if we really want to support women, we need to start recognizing how celebrities help perpetuate unrealistic standards of "perfection," which have been shown to have a negative psychological effect. (That's what this column is all about!)
There's something particularly disingenuous to brush this off as just "weight loss," don't you think?
How do you feel about Ariel's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?