The Modern Family star Ariel Winter is an inspiring role model.
During an interview at People’s SAG preshow, the sitcom actress revealed that she’d be studying and applying to college, if she was not present at the awards.
I would be doing exactly what I’m doing, which is going to school, applying to college and wanting to be a social justice lawyer,” Winter said. “With my personal experience, I would have something good to give.”
Winter, who turned 18 on Thursday, is also on the covers of the latest issue of People. She revealed her college plans and revealed that she hopes of becoming a social-justice lawyer.
“I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with the court system. But with what I’ve gone through, I think it’s really important to become a voice for abuse victims who have no voice. I want to be able to make a difference.”
She added, “It’s always been a dream of mine to become a lawyer, and social justice just feels like it fits for me. I want to continue acting and also go to law school.”
The “personal experience” she’s referencing might be the fact that she became legally emancipated from her mother last year in May after three years of custody battle.
When talking about the experience on Twitter, the actor wrote: “I am now officially emancipated!!! I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity.”
Winter is already a stand out role model for a lot of teens today. She also underwent a breast reduction surgery, unlike most of the artists in order to feel better about herself. Winter said the following.
“It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health and I think that that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have. I am living a dream that a lot of girls my age would love to be living, and I’m aware of that. I’m really grateful that I’m able to do that and have a voice that I’m able to speak to teenagers.”
Ariel Winter did not reveal her dream school, but said on the red carpet that she has applied to 17 schools in the States, and expects to stay in Los Angeles so that she can continue working in the sitcom without needing to travel more.
“I want to continue acting and also go to law school,” Winter said. “I think the more knowledge you have, can only better your life.”
The model, who turned 18 in January, was living with her temporary guardian and her sister, Shanelle Gray, since 2012, after she alleged that her mother, Chrisoula Workman, was emotionally and physically abusing her.
Winter also tweeted on Friday to thank her close ones who helped her during the emancipation and said “Most importantly I want to thank @shanelle_gray and my father for their special support regarding this matter, I really couldn’t have done it without them.”
“Thank you to all of my family, friends, and fans who have supported me through all of my endeavors in life, and have encouraged me. Thank you for making my life so special! I can’t wait to embark on my new adventures. xo.”
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