It’s been an interesting summer for Ariel Winter–I’ve seen people completely drag her to the pits of hell for wearing tight shorts or a swimsuit that they felt was inappropriate for her age and body type, yet she is still going and trying to encourage young women to find their own definition of body image.
Even if you don’t agree with some of her more risque wardrobe choices, you have to admit that being able to speak up and stand up for yourself and your body at 18-years-old in the public spotlight is not an easy thing to do. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight Winter said, “I really had the greatest opportunity to have some wonderful role models, especially Sofia Vergara. Working with a curvy beautiful woman that everybody looked up to and loved the way she looked. That was my inspiration to move forward and accept myself because that’s what matters.”
“I don’t really think I’m telling myself, ‘You should post this, you shouldn’t post that,’ I feel like I’m just having fun. I like my fans to see what I’m doing. Everybody is so hyped up on the fact that I post photos where my butt’s out. It’s a butt. Everyone has a butt. I don’t think it’s crazy. It’s like, ‘Let me live! I’m enjoying my life, you’re enjoying your life, you should be posting your butt if you like it, too!’ I’m not going to fight with someone on my Instagram that tells me they don’t like my outfit or I should put my butt away. I’m sorry you think I should put my butt away, but just unfollow me.”
I hope that she continues to use her voice for good, and honestly haters need to find something better to do.