Ariel Winter Slays Online Body Shamers In The Classiest Way
For those of you who don’t know, Ariel Winter is the hilariously nerdy Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, she’s also only 17 years old, oh and one more thing, she’s a total badass. She just posted the photo above of herself in a bikini with her young nieces to Instagram a few days ago and the comments on the photo are just as gross and misogynistic as you can imagine. People commented saying that she was asking for it and all that normal rape culture bullshit people post whenever a woman shows any confidence or sex positivity. However, instead of sinking down to their level or letting the comments get to her, Ariel took the opportunity to take a stand against body shaming. She posted the following in response:
“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. 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.. 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!!!!!!” Yas Ariel, slay.
She also recently got a breast reduction surgery because she wanted to feel like she was more than just her body. She tells People, “It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by – not, ‘Oh, she does great work on Modern Family.’ ” Not only is this 17 year old crusading for gender equality, but she’s doing so with class and pride.