Modern Family star Ariel Winter has slammed media criticism of her racy Instagram snaps as sexist.
The 18-year-old actress often posts saucy pictures of herself in barely-there outfits on the social media site, but admits she’s gotten used to the negative comments.
Ariel who plays Alex Dunphy, the studious middle daughter in the hit U.S. sitcom that also stars Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill, hit the headlines this year when she posted snaps from her graduation party, which revealed her to be wearing a skin-tight pink minidress that exposed the underneath of her breasts. She also faced a backlash after wearing a figure-hugging lacy black dress to her high school prom.
Couldn’t be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night…the amount of love and support they’ve shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything…❤️ Thank you so much. I couldn’t be luckier or more grateful. I was in awe last night and I still am that you guys love me that much to do all of that for me…I never would be where I am today without you two…you guys saved me and taught me to be the person I am today. Dad…I love you!!! Thank you for always being there to support and love me as well and always put a smile on my face no matter what :). I’m so grateful for the bond we now share. Alenah the song you put together with Shanelle and recorded for me was one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received. I’m still tearing up thinking about it. Thank you for that and for your beautiful, special performance. Also a big thank you so much to Geraldine for putting it all together and to @contemporarycatering @robpauerful for the most amazing food! A special thank you as well to Sharon who is probably the biggest reason I was able to get through high school and accepted into college…you pushed me to always do my best and encouraged me…not to mention you were always there for my 1am freak outs about late projects 🙂 Anddddd thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing family members and friends that flew in to celebrate with us- you guys are the absolute best. Thank you also to the ones who didn’t have to fly in…so much love was felt all around last night. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! Class of 2016…❤️ #uclabound
“It’s called being a woman in the industry,” she told Rogue magazine of the criticism of her selfies. “It’s complete sexism. It’s really degrading, annoying and sad that this is what the media puts out, it’s disgusting to me.”
“At this stage, you get sort of jaded after a certain period of time,” Ariel explained. “I feel like I’ve been in the industry for so long that I have gotten to that point where people’s comments and the exposure doesn’t bother me as much.”
“It still bothers people when you get negative feedback for something, but it doesn’t hit me as hard as it would somebody just entering the industry,” she added.
Ariel wrote a powerful note on Instagram earlier this month, aimed at her online critics. “Every time someone bullies me online, it gives me chance to re-emphasize to my fans, and even myself, how important self-acceptance is,” she wrote. Despite the sometimes negative attention she gets, Ariel is more than happy when fans of the show approach her in public.
“It’s somewhat life-changing in your mind when you walk down the street and someone recognizes you as ‘that girl from TV’ or ‘Alex, the girl with the glasses,'”, she said.
However, she would prefer it if her fans would tell her just how much her work has inspired them, rather than how much they simply love her character.
“But it’s different than when someone comes up to you and says, ‘Ariel Winter I love the things you say online’ or ‘I really love your character, it’s inspired me so much,'” Ariel adds. “Those are the things that really impact me that I love about the exposure I get.”