Female celebrities have long been subject to critical comments on their appearances, and the onslaught of numerous social media sites has only ignited further criticism. Modern Family star Ariel Winter has recently faced such negative commentary, and she took it upon herself to fire back at her critics.
According to an article Entertainment Weekly reposted from People, Winter, 17, recently posted a photo of her and her two young nieces on a beach in which she wore a bandeau-style bikini while her nieces wore baseball hats and life vests.
The seemingly-innocent photo garnered a deluge of negative comments, prompting Winter to post a response photo: an image of the back of a woman’s legs “which are marked like a ruler with words like ‘provocative’ and ‘slut’ to allude to an association between hemlines and perception.”
In the photo’s caption, Winter wrote, “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.” She continued in her post to say that she normally does not address the mean comments said about her online, but in this instance, she felt compelled speak out for other girls who have been bullied in this way.
Winter closed her post by telling her fans that they are beautiful and what they wear is only a form of self expression, not a means for “asking for anything.”
“Celebrate you,” she wrote, “and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!”
Yes, we do have to stick together. Thanks Ariel Winter for speaking up against Internet bullies and asserting your own worth.