Ariel Winter is standing up against body shamers once again.
The 17-year-old Modern Family star recently posted a cute family photo to her Instagram, showing herself in a bandeau-style bikini with her two nieces, both wearing bathing suits and life preservers. What Winter didn’t expect was a barrage of slut-shaming comments telling her she was “asking for it” by wearing a bikini.
Winter fired back by posting a photo of the back of a woman’s legs with a ruler drawn on, showing the appropriate skirt length for things like “prudish,” “provocative” and “slut.”
“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,” Winter wrote alongside the photo. “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!!!!!!”
Winter’s post also received support from her followers, many of whom defended her on both photos.
“What do people think SHOULD be worn to the beach or for swimming, snow pants and a parka? Internet trolls are some of the most backward people, there is NOTHING wrong with this photo,” one wrote on the original photo. “Only thing that could POSSIBLY be being ‘asked for’ in this photo, MAYBE, is a sun burn.”