Ariel Winter hit back at Instagram body shamers in the BEST way

Don't mess with Ariel Winter, especially when it comes to her body image.

The 17-year-old actress hit back hard at her critics this week, after an innocent holiday snap she shared to Instagram caused some controversy.


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Ariel's photo, which showed her smiling on a boat with her two young nieces, didn't go down well with some commenters who said her bikini was too "provocative" and made it look like she was "asking for it."

The Modern Family star, who recently underwent a breast reduction after years of feeling insecure about her body, soon took to social media with a no-holds-barred response.

"Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this?" she wrote next to a photo of a woman's leg marked with words like "slut" and "prudish" to highlight the issue.

"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.'"

Continuing, Ariel added that she usually never paid heed to negative comments online but she felt body-shaming needed to be addressed,

"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."

Just last week, Ariel showed her support to Ariana Grande after the singer posted a similar message online.

Referencing an Instagram comment which compared Ariel's curves to Ariana's "stick"-like figure, both young stars made it clear they were not okay with pitting women against each other.

"I believe in EMPOWERING other women and not putting them down," Ariel wrote in support of the Problem singer.

We're loving their positive attitude.

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