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Can We Please Stop Making Ariel Winter Defend Her Wardrobe Choices?

If you watch Modern Family, you probably know Ariel Winter as her character Alex, the crazy-smart, slightly awkward, and hilariously sarcastic younger sister on the series. While her character on the show has sometimes struggled with confidence, a quick look at Winter's social media channels reveals that she's actually quite comfortable in her skin—and she should be. But that hasn't seemed to prevent her from becoming one of the Internet's biggest body-shaming targets. (Don't think body shaming is a big problem? Read how these people took to Twitter to share the first time they were body shamed.)

 

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On Friday, the actress posted a photo with her friends at what looks like a fun evening out. In the photo, Winter is wearing shorts and a crop top. Sure, her outfit shows her midriff and legs, but everyone should wear what they're comfortable in, right? Well, some commenters had some unkind things to say about her outfit, picking apart that she was wearing the most revealing outfit in the group and that her clothes were tight-fitting.

Instead of just ignoring it, Winter decided to take to Twitter to explain why this kind of behavior isn't even close to being acceptable. In a post she titled "rant," she said: "Pretty annoyed about the focus on the fact that I wear shorts, and the commentary that I'm 'squeezing' into them or the idea that it's not okay for me to wear shorts. It's SUMMER. Get over it. It's hot, I'm obviously going to wear minimal clothes. I'm not going to suffer in a turtleneck to please anyone."

 

First #stampede with the lovely Meaden family

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"I'm not a whore because I wear shorts and tank tops," she continued. "I'm a normal girl. Also, I'm not 'squeezing' into anything. My shorts fit me and everything I'm doing is just fine. Please leave young women alone. We're just living our lives. It's really troubling that we even have to deal with this stuff nowadays."

Last year, when we publlished an interview with Ariel Winter the actress told us, "it's a really difficult time for young women to grow up in with everything on social media and having such negative comments on everything nowadays. It's so important to teach young women and men to 'speak beautifully' so they don't have to grow up with such negativity." Perhaps that's why she's so committed to taking a stand when she personally experiences the negative comments and body shaming that seem to run rampant on the Internet—and for that, we applaud her.

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