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Ariel Winters has long been the target of salacious tabloid headlines about her body. 

The Modern Family star has officially decided that enough is enough, and has posted some words of retalliation to her Instagram. 

Taking to the social media platform, the actress published a long rant that said so much about her thoughts on how she is perceived by the world because of her body. 

'Something I wish people would realise…I am not TRYING to be featured on Snapchat, I am not trying to be pap'd everywhere I do, I am literally just LIVING and unfortunately, I can't do that without paparazzi following me around everyday,' she began.


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'I'm not trying to show you my ass in shorts when I go to the grocery store. I'm trying to live my life. People wear shorts. People have wardrobe malfunctions. No one is perfect.'

The 19-year-ols star went on to call out those who say she dresses inappropriately. 

'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?'


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'Who gets to decide what is appropriate or fashionable???? I wear what I like and no one should fault me for that.'

'I don't want people to constantly see me in the news for going to dinner, or grocery shopping, or anything. I want to be in the news when I ASK for it by going to a publicised event, or EVEN BETTER when I have work out/coming out!'

'So trust me, I don't want to see me in shorts putting water in my car every single day as much as you don't.'


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The star went on to slate those who have latched on to comments she made in a recent interview in which she discussed the way she was dressed as a child. 

'I'd also like to address the tweets I get saying 'you accused your mother of sexualising you yet you're a whore.' I was a CHILD being dressed like I was 24. I was 8-13 years old.'

'I wasn't an ADULT as I am now.'

'As you mature at 16, 17, 18 you further develop your own identity and can make decisions for yourself.'


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'As a child, you do as you're told regardless of what is good for you,' she explained.

'I'm an ADULT now, who can make my own choices and have my own identity.'

'And just because I DECIDE to show my body occasionally doesn't mean I'm unintelligent or that I'm talentless or that I have no self respect."

Hear hear, gal, hear hear. 



There is nothing quite like being a woman on social media to make you glaringly aware of sexism and slut shaming.

There is a particularly high level of policing when it comes to female nipples, which are seen as sexual additions to a woman's body rather than the milk-secreting organs that they are. 

Female nipples have always been hyper sexualised, and a new Twitter post seemed to prove this, causing a lot of controversy. 

One user tweeted a snap featuring two images of women who were attending festivals with their nipples visible through their shirts. 

One image was of Instagarm model Bernice Burgos, the other was of Amber Rose's pal Paloma Ford, who is known for freeing the nipple with no shame over her body and the societal constraints placed upon it. 

'So I guess see-through shirts with ya nipples showing is the wave for you females this summer huh?' he said in the caption. 

Luckily, one clued-up 16-year-old hit back at the perceived criticism in the best possible way. 

Taking to the Twitter replies, she said 'yuh and I guess wearing no shirt with ya nipples out been the wave for you males for..forever. we just joining the wave y'all been on.' (sic) 

Her tweet was met with a series of others supporting her words, and pointing out the issues with the post. 

'Nobody is complaining lol I think this look is actually (fire emoji) if done right. Was just trying to see if this was the wave for summer 17,' said the lad who originally sent the tweet after it went viral. 

While he cleared up the fact that he meant no offence, the post caused an avalanche of open conversation

However, there were quite a few slut-shamers crawling out of the woodwork. 

'Only real classy women understand that classy is when a woman has everything to flaunt but chooses not to show it. That's just my opinion,' said one (male) Twitter user.

His tweet was met with a series of responses telling him precisely what he could do with his opinion.