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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Modern Family's Ariel Winter hits back at body shamers who said she was 'asking for it' with bikini photo

Photo: Ariel Winter Instagram
Photo: Ariel Winter Instagram
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Modern Family star Ariel Winter has hit back at body-shamers who criticised her for posting an image to Instagram of herself in a bikini.

The photo shows the 17-year-old actress aboard a boat with her two little nieces, who are also wearing swimsuits and life jackets.

The innocent photo drew a barrage of abuse from detractors who deemed her outfit inappropriate, with one even claiming the teenager was "asking for it".

Ariel, who plays Alex Dunphy in the hit show, was quick to respond to the abuse.

#mynieces #lovethem #fbf

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She posted the photo of a woman's leg with various offensive words written in black pen at different heights along her leg, ranging from 'proper' to 'slut' which circulated online several months ago.

Ariel, who recently revealed she underwent breast reduction surgery to reduce her 32F breasts, wrote a lengthy caption to voice her opinion on the body shamers.

"Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this?," she wrote.

"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!!!!!!"

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