Ariel Winter has no intentions of keeping quiet when she’s being bullied online, but what she really wants to do is spread love and body positivity, not hate.
The Modern Family star shared on Instagram, “Every time someone bullies me online, it gives me a chance to re-emphasize to my fans, and even myself, how important self-acceptance is,” Winter wrote. “Those who say such harsh things on my Instagram, thank you for this opportunity – but the question I ask myself each time I read the mean comments is if this is how you talk to a stranger online, I can only imagine how cruelly you speak to yourself.
Winter added, “Stop the hate. Accept all that you are and know your flaws are what make you the PERFECT you. I love my fans and I love my bullies for what they truly NEED is love. Take the high road, there is less traffic. XO.”
The young actress has been speaking out against body shamers for awhile, especially after she received negative comments about her tight, cleavage-baring dress she wore for her high school graduation. “Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress,” she tweeted. “And if you hate it, don’t buy it. But please get a hobby. XOXO Ariel #EmbraceYourBody”