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12th Sep 2016

The abuse Ariel Winter receives is shameful and it needs to stop

Ariel Winter responds to critics who called her a wannabe Kardashian.

Megan Roantree

Her response is perfect.

A few days ago, 18-year-old Ariel Winter posted a photo of herself attending a Drake concert.

The actress was wearing a pink figure hugging dress and had her hair in plaits.

While most of us will think that she looks great, many, many people took to Instagram to shame her for being too fat, too short and a ‘Kardashian wannabe’.

This is an 18-year-old girl who works hard as an actress and is well-known in her own right, but because she wore a figure hugging dress, and has dark hair she was told she ‘wants to be Kylie Jenner so bad’.

Ariel has grown up in the public eye, she has changed and grown like every other human on the planet, but because she had to go through puberty during her career she has been subjected to abuse constantly.

While it is absolutely horrific and uncalled for, Ariel remains calm. She acknowledged the haters in a simple effective post on Instagram.

This is not the first, or second time she has had to respond to nasty comments about her body online and it unfortunately wont be the last, but we respect her for standing up for herself.

The note reads: ”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.”

“Those who say such harsh things on my Instagram, thank you for this opportunity – but the question I ask myself every 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.”

She encourages people to take the high road in these situations:

”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.”

Her compassion and maturity in these situations is admirable, but it is unacceptable that someone should come under so much scrutiny for simply being a woman, with curves, and growing up on screen.

It needs to stop.