Ariel Winter on Her Family Strains
Ariel Winter has no time for your body shaming
‘We need to spend more time pleasing ourselves and caring less about what other people say’
Body shaming is a horrible phenomenon – and if you thought you had it rough, spare a thought for Ariel Winter.
The 19-year-old was thrust into the spotlight at age 11, playing teenager Alex Dunphy on US sitcomModern Family,and it’s safe to say that growing up in front of the media opened her up to a hell of a lot of body shaming.
She has been lambasted for her red carpet fashion choices, slammed for dating someone ten years her senior and criticised for having breast reduction surgery. Now, Ariel Winter has had enough, using her platform to encourage self-acceptance and block out the hate.
‘So many years I tried to change my appearance, and I tried to do different things to make myself so everyone is going to accept me, and they didn’t,’ Ariel explained in an interview withLaPalme magazine. ‘The thing we all have to realise is the media is going to portray you the way they want to portray you and it’s not going to change. The only person’s opinion that matters, the only person that gets to have a say in you, is you.’
‘We need to spend more time pleasing ourselves and caring less about what other people say,’ she continued, going on to explain how the online attention made her feel.
‘It sucks,’ she explained. ‘It 100% sucks.
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