Body-shaming? Ariel Winter isn't having it. The Modern Family actress unexpectedly and unfairly became the target of mean comments about her body when she shared a vacation photo of herself hanging out with her nieces. Haters commented on her photo to say she was showing an innappropriate amount of skin, told her to cover up, and say mean things about her appearance.
Ariel felt that she needed to speak up for herself and for others who have found themselves in the same situation.
"Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl's skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for," the star wrote in a followup post on Instagram. "It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I'm 'asking for it'."
"I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school," Ariel continued. "You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don't you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don't let anyone's comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!"
We're so proud of her for turning this negative situation around and using it to inspire others.
It's unfortunately not the first time that Ariel has had to publicly speak up about negative comments aimed at her figure. The star was recently negatively compared to singer Ariana Grande – and she spoke up to support both of them!
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