Ariel Winter is known for her body confidence, from publicly opening up about her breast reduction to wearing what she wants, when she wants. And her Modern Family costar Sarah Hyland takes some of the credit.
â€œI like to think we â€” me, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara â€” helped her be confident with her body and herself,â€ Hyland, 26, tells PEOPLE.
â€œI mean, she was 11 years old when I met her. I was 18. I tried to be a good role model for her, and a true older sister for her because sheâ€™s such a sweet little girl.â€
Hyland, whose third collection for Candieâ€™s debuts this fall, says she stays confident by staying away from negativity.
â€œItâ€™s about being confident in your self, and not letting peopleâ€™s hateful words get to you,â€ she says. â€œJust surround yourself with positivity and not let the negativity get to you.â€
â€œIâ€™ve read a lot of letters that people have sent me and thatâ€™s why I am so open about it,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s really amazing to connect with people on a level that you wouldnâ€™t normally be able to connect with a quote unquote â€˜healthyâ€™ person.â€
â€œThe fans of mine that are going through health issues â€” whether it be kidney or cancer or anything like that, whether I donâ€™t know exactly what theyâ€™re going through or not â€” itâ€™s really nice to have a community where we support one another.â€