Growing up in the spotlight! Ariel Winter first became a household name after nabbing the iconic role of Alex Dunphy in the fan-favorite ABC series Modern Family. Over the years, she’s made a major name for herself both on and off screen, especially when it comes to her fashion choices.

When Modern Family premiered in 2009, Ariel was only 11 years old, which meant that her fashion game was pretty tame. As she grew up, the actress started taking some major fashion risks and the world took notice. Despite some flack she’s received for some of her past red carpet looks, Ariel stays unbothered by the hate. In fact, she’s a major advocate for confidence.

“Confidence is a journey. I’ve been on a long journey with it. You never reach the end of feeling totally confident. What makes me feel confident is making my own decisions. Doing things I want to do,” she told Allure in July 2019. “But I can feel confident whenever. It’s not just when I put makeup on. It’s also just doing what I want to do and not worrying about what other people say when I experiment with different things. I make my own choices and that’s very empowering to me.”

Over the years, the actress has been a major advocate for body positivity.

“I was very insecure when I was younger because I did grow up in the public eye,” the actress told People in October 2016. “It was definitely a journey for me to learn to accept my body,” says Winter. “I finally said to myself, ‘This is who I am. There’s no way I’m changing, and I should learn to love and accept it.’ And I did. It just took me awhile.”

Ariel has also become a major fashion icon since she stepped on to The Hollywood scene.

“I’m a big fan of swimsuits, short shorts and pumps. I know it sounds so ridiculous but I’m a huge fan. I go to pool parties in that all the time,” she explained to People in May 2017. “I love the cutouts and the see-through stripes on the swimsuit, and then I put it with the shorts and I’m like, ‘I’m ready to go swimming or I’m ready to party.’ You’re ready for whatever.”

We can’t wait to see what she wears next! Scroll through our gallery for a look at Ariel’s total red carpet transformation and best looks over the years. 

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