Ariel Winter says that body shamers ruined her self esteem
Many of us grew up alongside Ariel Winter, star of ABC's hit sitcom, Modern Family. Viewers of the sitcom, which has spanned nine seasons so far, saw Ariel transition from an 11-year-old child to a 19-year-old adult. And as we are all aware, going through puberty is tough. I mean, not only do you have to cope with all the anxiety and insecurity that comes hand-in-hand with seeing your body evolve, but because your hormones insist on running amok, you also have a fair amount of angst to deal with too.
And if that wasn't bad enough, just imagine doing the whole growing-up thing on-screen, while tens of millions of people watch on, (a significant majority of which lie in wait to pass judgement on every aspect of your physical appearance). Sounds terrible, right? Well, that's exactly the adolescence that Ariel Winter experienced...
19-year-old Ariel Winter has been incredibly open with her experience of online body shamers, and her subsequent struggle with body confidence and insecurity.
But according to US Weekly, the actress is trying to take a more "zen" approach to these kind of trolls. Speaking to the publication, Ariel explained that while she used to be more than ready to hit out at her critics in the past, she's now trying to put her happiness first, "It’s difficult to not write something sassy, but I feel better when I write something positive," the Modern Family star said before admitting that she "still get[s] insecure all the time".
In fact, Ariel faced the worst kind of online abuse. Not only was she ridiculed for her lack of curves when she first appeared on Modern Family as a thirteen-year-old in 2009, but as her body started to develop, she was also greeted with a barrage of insults which ranged from being called a "slut" or "fat hooker":
"I started trying to dress for my body and was called a slut or a fat hooker,' said the former child actress. 'It got even worse as I was turning 13, 14, 15. It really took so much of my self- esteem.
It was really disappointing that people would hate me so much for dressing how I wanted to."
In September, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang star took to her Instagram account to lash out haters. "I'm trying to live my life!" the actress wrote after being criticised for the outfit she wore at the 2017 Emmy's which was quickly denounced as being risqué.
"People wear shorts. People have wardrobe malfunctions. No one is perfect. I'm not a stylist! I don't know what to wear everyday so I look 'appropriate' or "fashionable' [...] Also, screw having to always look appropriate or fashionable. For what? Society? Who gets to decide what is appropriate or fashionable? I wear what I like and no one should fault me for that," she continued.
Well, good for you, Ariel. It sure must be difficult having your figure and sartorial choices analysed and criticised by perfect strangers. I guess there are some downsides to being part of the rich and famous...
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