Winter learns body acceptance from ‘Modern Family’ co-star

It takes a wise, knowledgable teacher to impart a valuable lesson to their student. And that’s exactly what Sofia Vergara became to Ariel Winter when Winter struggled to accept her body.

According to Motto by TIME, the 18-year-old Modern Family actress told that Vergara was a role model of sorts to her after struggling with her developing body.

“She could see that I was struggling a little bit with how to deal with my body, and was always trying to give me advice, like, ‘Here are some brands that would look good on our body type,’ or ‘Wear whatever you want, and feel good about yourself,'” Winter said of Vergara.

Adding to her difficulties adjusting were social media naysayers, says Motto, which Winter said was not only “the worst” for her self-esteem, but also a constant struggle to not succumb to the online negativity.

“It was hard for me in the beginning to deal with people’s comments and deal with everybody having an opinion on absolutely everything I did,” she said, according to Motto. “It was hard for me to not fall prey to wanting to change the way I felt and the way I did things and the way I looked because of what other people said.”

However, with the help of her older sister, Shanelle Workman, and Vergara, Motto says she was able to combat the criticism, learning that it’s only her happiness that matters most:

“But as I got older, I started to realize that as long as I’m positive in my life and as long as I feel good about my decisions and stick to how I feel and the things I want to do, that’s what’s most important,” Winter shared. “And that’s what’s going to get me through in life.”



A ‘Girls’ Life’ is more than looks

Leave it to Amy Schumer and Blake Lively to quietly bring attention to the casual gender stereotypes reinforced in American society.

Schumer got the ball rolling, says Motto by TIME when she took to Instagram last week to post a side-by-side image of two tween magazines, Girls’ Life and Boys’ Life (which Motto says are unaffiliated). Although Schumer’s caption only read “No,” it prompted her readers to spot the almost-blatant content differences between the two magazines.

Motto reports that the Boys’ Life cover has a “theme of ‘Explore Your Future’ (‘Astronaut? Artist? Firefighter? Chef? Here’s how to be what you want to be.’),” while the Girls’ Life  cover “promises to teach you not just how to get Your Dream Hair, but also how to Wake Up Pretty.”

Upon sharing the post, Motto says Blake Lively reposted the image to her account, writing that she “second[ed] that emotion.”

Motto reports that Karen Bokram, Girls’ Life publisher and founding editor, commented on the now-viral social media moment this way:

“‘Are we more than lip gloss and clothes? Of course,’ Bokram said, very much missing the point. ‘It’s okay to like lip gloss or be interested in fashion… I don’t know how [the problem] became ‘either you like lip gloss and clothes or you like being an astronaut.'”

Hopefully, Schumer and Lively’s comments will bring an end to antiquated gender stereotypes in the near future.


Dunham and Kirke pose for new lingerie campaign

There’s nothing like a healthy dose of body positivity to get your week started — and leave it to Girls stars Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke to deliver.

According to Motto by TIME, the actresses star in a new ad campaign for Lonely, a New Zealand underwear company that “celebrates the strength and individuality of women and creates lingerie, swimwear and clothing that embraces and empowers them.”

Dunham and Kirke look stunning as they model the sexy lingerie styles for the campaign, which Motto says is part of the brand’s “Lonely Girls Campaign, a series of Photoshop-free photographs of women wearing the brand in their own spaces as a rebuke traditional lingerie advertising.”

Motto reports the underwear company explained in a statement to Dazed the mission of the campaign, as well as the decision to feature the duo:

“Instead of being objectified, the women who participate in these campaigns—in this case, Lena and Jemima—are empowered and exhibit real beauty that will hopefully help women everywhere feel a little more liberated.”

Amen to that.



DuVernay makes history

Major congratulations are in order for lauded Hollywood director Ava DuVernay.

According to Motto by TIME, the Selma director will “be the first African-American woman to head a live-action feature film with a budget over $100 million with her forthcoming A Wrinkle in Time.” Motto says that DuVernay’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated Selma was produced with a budget of $20 million.

DuVernay shares this achievement with two other women, reports Motto: “Kathryn Bigelow, who was the first to direct a film with such a budget in her 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker, and Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, which comes out next year, reports Women and Hollywood.”

As if this recent accomplishment isn’t enough, DuVernay’s new OWN series, Queen Sugar, has also been renewed for a second season ahead of its Sept. 6 premiere, reports CNN. OWN President Erik Logan said the network instantly knew they wanted another season of the show the second they saw DuVernay’s work.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” Logan said in a statement, according to CNN. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story and are excited to be able to share with them Ava’s director’s cut on premiere night without interruption. We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker’s creative vision.”

Built on the shoulders of giants

It’s hard to reflect on the career of Serena Williams and not be inspired. Sports Illustrated reports that not only has she been ranked No. 1 in the world for the past four years, she also has six Wimbledon singles titles (just to name a few of her many accolades) — and she’s a fierce advocate for women, often speaking on body positivity and women’s rights. So seeing Williams as a role model of strength, perseverance and skill both on and off the court is quite an easy task — just ask Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

According to TIME’Mottothe 20-year-old gold medalist told Teen Vogue about her journey to the get the gold for their August issue, explaining that believing in herself didn’t always come easily. “It took a long time for me to see my own potential — a long time,” Douglas told Teen Vogue, according to Motto.

Even after her gold-medal wins in the individual all-around and team competitions — which, Motto says, made her the first American gymnast to achieve such a feat — Douglas was still not the confident competitor and woman we see today. Teen Vogue reports that she was persistently bullied over her appearance, something that will eat at anyone’s self-esteem.

“Sometimes I would be in the bathroom, bawling my eyes out, wanting to quit,” Douglas told Teen Vogue, according to Motto. “I felt like I was all alone. But when I came through it, I felt as if I could overcome anything.”

Cue Williams, who became Douglas’ source of inspiration. Motto says Douglas’ mother, Natalie Hawkins, explained to Teen Vogue how her daughter came to draw strength from the legendary tennis player.

“I remember when everyone was talking about her arms, and she became very self-conscious about how muscular they were,” Hawkins told Teen Vogue. “Then Gabrielle saw the elegance with which Serena Williams handled all the negative criticism of her own body. It was liberating for my daughter to see that. She said, ‘I don’t have to apologize to anyone about my body. My body is beautiful.'”