Melis Zumrutel | Contributing Writer | Monday, 16 November 2015

Ariel Winter Takes Down Body-Shaming Trolls On Instagram

Ariel Winter Takes Down Body-Shaming Trolls On Instagram

The Debrief: The 17-year-old actress was told she was 'asking for it' after posting a picture of herself in a swimsuit on Instagram

In the celebrity world, constant bikini pictures circulate giving us mere mortals serious holiday envy while we’re sat at our desk in the middle of November. 

However, with online pictures come Internet trolls and no one is safe from their scrutiny. Modern Family's Ariel Winter is no different. The image in question is her posing with her two nieces, where she happens to be wearing a two-piece swimsuit – which is innocent enough. Less innocent are the comments on the Instagram image saying that she’s ‘asking for it’, telling her to ‘put on some clothes’ as she is ‘only 17’. 


A photo posted by Ariel Winter (@arielwinter) on Nov 13, 2015 at 8:24am PST


In response, Ariel posted this Instagram post...


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!!!!!!

A photo posted by Ariel Winter (@arielwinter) on Nov 13, 2015 at 9:37am PST’ 

The responses to this post were altogether more positive, for example: ‘Glad that young women are standing up for themselves and publicly speaking out. The only person who gets to define you and your sexuality is you’ and ‘According to this, the compulsory length of my SCHOOL skirt is flirty. I have been called out on it by 'concerned' members of the public. The picture you posted was beautiful and the way you stuck up for yourself, a work of genius’ 

It should go without saying that no one should be told they're 'asking for it,' at any age. But clearly there are still some morons out there who think this is an acceptable way to talk to a 17-year-old girl... 

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