She won’t back down! Ariel Winter never hesitates to hit back at body-shamers. Us Weekly rounded up five times the body-positive Modern Family star clapped back at her haters in the video above.
Back in March, the 18-year-old spoke with Good Morning America about her curvaceous frame and how she feels it has drawn attention away from her achievements as an actress.
“Walking down the red carpet and seeing the photos afterward and having every headline be about my cleavage and not about my talent. Not about, ‘Oh, if they liked the dress.’ Not about what I was really there for or anything that I wanted to be put out there,” she told GMA’s Amy Robach. “And I thought that was really disappointing that everybody nowadays in the media, what we’re talking about is the way people look.”
At the time, Winter revealed that cruel comments about her body once took a toll on her self-esteem. “And it’s really hard, because people don’t think that I read comments … And I guess it maybe seems like we don’t have feelings or we’re, like, invincible,” she added, referring to people who live in the public eye. “But we’re really not.”
Since then, the teen has learned to brush off the opinions of internet trolls.
Despite criticism, Winter proudly showed off her scars from a breast reduction surgery at the 2016 SAG Awards on January 30. “Guys there is a reason I didn’t make an effort to cover up my scars!” the brunette beauty, who underwent the procedure in June 2015, tweeted after the awards ceremony. “They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all. :)”
More recently, she shut down people who criticized her for showing what was, in their eyes, too much skin at her high school graduation party. Winter, who donned a form-fitting minidress (with an underboob-baring cutout) for the fete, took to Instagram to fire off a sassy comeback.
Couldn’t be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night…the amount of love and support they’ve shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything…❤️ Thank you so much. I couldn’t be luckier or more grateful. I was in awe last night and I still am that you guys love me that much to do all of that for me…I never would be where I am today without you two…you guys saved me and taught me to be the person I am today. Dad…I love you!!! Thank you for always being there to support and love me as well and always put a smile on my face no matter what :). I’m so grateful for the bond we now share. Alenah the song you put together with Shanelle and recorded for me was one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received. I’m still tearing up thinking about it. Thank you for that and for your beautiful, special performance. Also a big thank you so much to Geraldine for putting it all together and to @contemporarycatering @robpauerful for the most amazing food! A special thank you as well to Sharon who is probably the biggest reason I was able to get through high school and accepted into college…you pushed me to always do my best and encouraged me…not to mention you were always there for my 1am freak outs about late projects 🙂 Anddddd thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing family members and friends that flew in to celebrate with us- you guys are the absolute best. Thank you also to the ones who didn’t have to fly in…so much love was felt all around last night. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! Class of 2016…❤️ #uclabound
“Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress. And if you hate it, don’t buy it. But please get a hobby,” she wrote on Wednesday, June 22. “XOXO Ariel #EmbraceYourBody.”
Watch Us Weekly’s Christina Garibaldi recap Winter’s best responses to body-shamers in the video above.
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