Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has not been shy about opening up regarding her various health struggles – including having to undergo two kidney transplants.
Suffering from kidney dysplasia, the 28-year-old actress first had her kidney transplant at 21-years-old. Sadly, her body rejected the transplant – which came from her father – so her brother had to donate the second kidney.
Understandably, that was an extremely difficult time for Sarah, who admitted in an interview with SELF last December, that she actually contemplated suicide.
“I was very depressed,” Sarah said. “When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault. It’s not. But it does.”
The surgeries that she had undergone to help treat her kidney dysplasia have created changes in her body. Most notably, she developed a bump around her belly – something that she had previously been able to conceal with the help of Spanx.
Earlier this year on Instagram, Sarah shared with her millions of followers that she actually wore two pairs of Spanx beneath the gown that she sported to the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party.
In the caption, she wrote, “I’m wearing TWO pairs of Spanx. Why diet? When you can just hide it!”
However, this time, Sarah made the decision to forgo the helpful shapewear. Sunday night saw the actress take the stage alongside Jordan McGraw at the Teen Choice Awards, completely Spanx-less in a tight pink dress.
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Yesterday I had my first nationally televised performance of a song I did with the amazing @jordanmcgraw. I was terrified. I was excited. There was a PHENOMENAL crowd supporting us the entire way through. Thank you so much to everyone who watched! Thank you @teenchoicefox for having us!! And a final thank you to my ever changing self confidence for making the decision to not wear spanx and let my KUPA (kidney upper pussy area) shine like the badass bitch she is. ????
She posted a very touching piece on Instagram in which she details out her decision to refrain from hiding her bump:
“Yesterday I had my first nationally televised performance of a song I did with the amazing @jordanmcgraw. I was terrified. I was excited. There was a PHENOMENAL crowd supporting us the entire way through. “Thank you so much to everyone who watched! Thank you @teenchoicefox for having us!! And a final thank you to my ever-changing self-confidence for making the decision to not wear Spanx and let my (kidney upper p***y area) shine like the badass (b**ch) she is.”
Way to go, Sarah!