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Ariel Winter has officially become one of our new favorite body positive role models! After developing at an early age, the Modern Family actress was forced to deal with harsh criticism from the media and nasty commenters.

Ariel has spoken out against the way the media has depicted her body and now she has written a beautiful essay for Refinery29 on the topic.

“As soon I went to my first or second Emmys, I was criticized; I was called fat; I was told I was dressing like a slut because I had larger breasts. And then, at a certain point, I really pushed myself to change the way I was thinking. I decided to have a better relationship with myself. I stopped reading the comments, because I didn’t need to. I posted the photos I wanted to post, and whatever people wanted to say about it is what they said about it. And that worked out really well for me.”

Although Ariel has come to love her body, she still has bad memories of her early days in the public eye.

“Looking back, it makes me really sad that that’s the time I grew up in, and that’s what was being promoted in the media: the way I looked at 12 and 13 years old — instead of the fact that I was really lucky to be on the show, and that I was working hard and that I was doing my best in school.”

It’s crazy that she had to deal with haters at such a young age. She’s since  stopped reading comments online and listening to the negativity.

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