Ariel Winter Responds to Backlash Surrounding Her Bikini Photo

Ariel Winter had no idea her bikini photo would spark such a conversation.

Just days after calling out Twitter trolls with Ariana Grande, turns out Ariel wasn’t done fighting the good fight.

It all started when the Modern Family actress posted a photo of herself in a bikini with her young nieces. Soon, users began commenting negative things about her body and the way she was dressed, saying she was “asking for it.”

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Just an hour later, 17-year-old posted a follow-up photo with a long caption addressing the backlash. “Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this?” she began her post. “It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m ‘asking for it.’ I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don’t you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing.”

  Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl’s skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m “asking for it”. I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don’t you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!   A photo posted by Ariel Winter (@arielwinter) on

Earlier this month, Ariana and Ariel brought attention to a Twitter user who said he’d prefer Winter over Grande because “curves are sexy, sticks aren’t.”

Ariana called the user out, saying “you know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling and body shaming!!!”

Ariel echoed Ariana’s Instagram post, saying, “I love the message you’re putting out there. I especially believe in today’s world we all need to stick together—I believe in EMPOWERING other women and not putting them down.”