Ariel Winter Talks Modern Family Body Shaming

“They’re like, ‘How did you go from Alex Dunphy to being a prostitute?

ariel winter opened up about the body-shaming she experienced as a teenager during filming modern Family.

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in an episode of Red Table Talk: The EstefanusIn this article, Ariel explained how online trolling increased dramatically when she turned 12. “My body completely changed. I was curvy, I had breasts,” she began.

“I was called a ‘fat slut’ when I was 13. He was fat. Because I gained weight and my body changed, I had to wear different outfits, and I wore a dress that had a cutout. [points to chest] – And the spotlight was dark. ‘Fat Slut’ was rough for me, and it continues.”

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“It was the fans, some of them – we have lovely, lovable fans, but some of them were also just as hard on me as they loved Alex Dunphy,” she continued. “And because I wasn’t Alex Dunphy and didn’t look like Alex — I was totally different. I’m not my character.”

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“To them, they’re like, ‘How did you go from Alex Dunphy to being a prostitute? You’re trying to be sexy. You’re 13. You’re a terrible role model. What are you showing people? You got so fat on TV, now you look so fat.'”

A new wave of comments came when Ariel started antidepressants in high school and her body changed again. “I gained 30 pounds,” she explained. “Going to school was hard. It was rough online; on my Instagram it was like comments flooding in. And so I was like, ‘They hate this about me. I need to work on this. I need to be skinny.’ Is required.” I want to change my hair here. My cheeks look weird. If I change these things about myself, the things they hate about me, I won’t get that anymore. I am going to be praised.'”

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“I spent many times trial-and-error with my appearance, and every time I changed something, something else was wrong,” she continued, explaining that she had tried various diets and was more or less revealing. Organizations that do this before realizing that nothing will please people.

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“You can put your breasts in there and feel good about it,” she said. “I can put whatever I want about myself online. To let me know I’m looking for it – that I’m asking for dick pics in my DMs, that I’m asking for everything that’s worth reading disgusting for… [There was] The overwhelming amount of negativity and sexuality that was really dark.”

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As for how Ariel is coping with things now, she said, “I’m definitely still on a journey. I’ve been doing twice a week therapy for years. I love my therapist. I love therapy. I like my time.”

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Ariel has clarified how body shaming has affected her in the past. He said Last year“I think it’s difficult for any child artist, although it’s a really hate word, but for any child actor to grow up in front of millions of people on TV because millions of people think they are […] You know really well and think they can comment on everything you wear or everything you do or how you grow and change” – a sentiment that echoes his echoed by modern Family co-star Sarah Hyland.

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You can watch Ariel’s full red table talk Interview Here,

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