Ariel Winter: It's Challenging to Dress My Body

12/18/2014 at 08:58 PM ET

Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter may only be 16, but she’s already one to watch on the red carpet. But the star says that like most teens, she’s still navigating how to dress her body.

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“It’s interesting, because I’m very young, but I have a more mature body,” she tells PEOPLE’s Jennifer Garcia at the PEOPLE Magazine Awards with a laugh. “So it’s a blessing and a curse. I have to find things that are appropriate to wear but also fit my body well, so it still looks good.”

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How does she manage the challenge and stay true to her taste? “I have more of an edgier style. I’m not pink, ruffled, preppy,” she says. “I like the bodysuits, I love the color black. So the mature style and the more mature body goes with the age that I would like to be.”

Not to mention, she gets a little help from her stylist to keep things age-appropriate. She customized her NBD x Naven Twins jumpsuit with white piping at the bodice for a finishing touch that’s both stylish and sweet.

And her hairstylist Aviva Perea played up that exact vibe with a pretty half-up look. “When Ariel showed us the jumpsuit, I thought immediately of Brigitte Bardot. I decided to got for a sexy messy, slightly wavy texture and style the hair half up, half down,” Perea says. “I prepped her hair with Phytovolume Volume spray at the roots and ran Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Volume Plumping Mousse through the ends and then rough dried it using just my fingers, no brush. Then I wrapped 2-in. sections of hair around a T3 Styling Wand, going in different directions with each section. I thoroughly coated her hair with Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo for volume and texture and finally, I left hair around her face and pinned back tendrils at the crown.”

–Alex Apatoff

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Pat on

Well, I think the jumpsuit is a little too revealing for her age, whether that is 15 or 17.

Charlie on

All I see is 5sos in the background.

Tara on

She is gorgeous!

karits on

Gee, I feel so sorry for her, doesn’t she make enough money to have everything she wants to wear tailored to fit her perfectly without being too mature or inappropriate for her age? She’s a beautiful young women with a great body, if she has any talent and class she won’t go the Kim K way, if not she will just get herself burned up at young age.

amy on

Beautiful girl.

Ariel Who on

Lose some weight and it won’t be challenging anymore.

Lacey on

She has a stylist. What is challenging about that?

Dani on

Some commenters are just mean and envious. The young lady is beautiful; dresses age appropriately and is not behaving outlandishly as others her age are. Let’s support our young people!

Jennifer on

@Ariel Who, she doesn’t need to lose any weight. She is beyond beautiful just the way she is. Way to perpetuate the “you have to be rail thin in Hollywood” stereotype, moron. I don’t see anything wrong with what she is wearing. She isn’t showing anything. This isn’t the 50’s, this is age appropriate.

Dana on

I think she’s beautiful…a real girl.

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