Ariel Winter’s mom forced her to wear ‘sexy’ clothing since she was 7 years old

In a profile with plus size waist cincher Hollywood Reporter, Winter revealed she wasn’t allowed to be friends with other girls when she was young because, according to her mother, “females are competition — that’s how some people see it.”

According to court documents, Winter’s mother even engaged in “slapping, hitting, pushing.”

Winter claimed that food was “very, very restricted” when she first began performing. Her on-set teacher, Sharon Sacks, would sometimes order two lunches in her name, just so Winter could have some of hers.

Winter’s mother dressed her in “the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you’ve ever seen,” Winter stated. “People thought I was 24 when I was 12. If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes.”

Winter hasn’t spoken to her mother in five years, and recently repaired her relationship with her father.

We’re glad Winter has separated herself from such a harmful situation, and hope her experience helps shed light on toxic family relationships.