Modern Family's Ariel Winter talks about life with her big sister
Modern Family's Ariel Winter is speaking out about the legal troubles plaguing her family, noting the guardianship fight between her older sister Shanelle Gray and mother Chrisoula Workman brought to light plenty of issues. Most notable among them is that her mom contributed to her self-image problems, which you wouldn't think a mom should really do.
"I had body insecurities when I was younger. I still do. Every girl has insecurities—mine were heightened at the time because my mother wasn't supportive," the 15-year-old tells Teen Vogue. Court papers say Workman insulted her weight and often refused to let her eat, leading to Winter's removal from her home. "Now, my sister is always making sure to tell me that I look beautiful. ... It's about learning to love yourself."
Gray, 34, is letting Winter live her own life, but she's no slouch about setting rules -- Ariel now has a curfew, which she didn't before, but there's still time for fun.
"My life is definitely more normal—and that'll help me grow up like I'm supposed to. Like, I always wanted to be a dancer, and now I'm taking dance classes," Winter says. "And I didn't have many friends. It was all about work. Nowadays, my sister's like, 'You're supposed to have friends. You're supposed to go out on Friday and Saturday nights.' ... Sunday we have family dinner. It's just a different experience for me because I have more of a family life. I'm really happy."
Of course, she's now going to a regular school for the first time since second grade, instead of being homeschooled, so we'll see how long that lasts. Then again, she says she's really close to the sister she was never allowed to talk to, so maybe she'll feel the same way about public education.