Ariel Winter Reveals Her Plans Besides Acting & It's Clear She's Got A Good Head On Her Shoulders

Just like Alex Dunphy, the character she plays on Modern Family, Ariel Winter is brilliant, too. The recently turned 18-year-old is such an inspiration when it comes to promoting body positivity and standing up to slut-shaming. Her career goals are no joke either. While she plans to continue acting, Winter also wants to attend law school and become a social justice lawyer. She revealed these plans to People at Saturday night's SAG Awards when they asked what she'd be doing if not on the red carpet that night. Winter said,

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. With my personal experience, I would have something good to give.

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." So ambitious and awesome! The "personal experience" she's likely referencing is the fact that in May 2015 she became legally emancipated from her estranged mother after a three-year 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.
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Her career goals aren't the only way that Winter has proven to be a standout role model. In August, she revealed that she had breast reduction surgery to feel better about herself. She said,

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.

The fact that she shared her story in an effort to help other girls also struggling with body image speaks volumes. She really couldn't be more inspiring and she's using her voice for the greater good; that's essentially what she'll be doing as a social justice lawyer too.

Bravo to Winter! She clearly has a good head on her shoulders and big dreams on the way.