“I tell myself every day, ‘I look fabulous.’”
By: Emily J
Every time Ariel Winter opens up her Instagram account, she is met with hundreds of hateful comments. “It’s definitely hard being self-conscious and having the world be able to tell you how they feel about you,” she tells Seventeen in their latest issue. “Before Twitter and Instagram, if you felt a certain way about a person you didn’t know, you couldn’t tell them. Now I wake up and I have tweets to me about how I’m a fat, ugly blah-blah.”
It took a lot of grueling work, but this Modern Family star has finally learned how to block out the haters and not let them ruin her day. “When I was younger, it took a lot more of a toll on me than it does now,” she says. “Three or four years ago, I would have been devastated, like, ‘Why do people feel this way about me? I’m just being me.’ My sister helped me understand that people will say those things regardless of how you look. I tell myself every day, ‘I look fabulous.’”
Which is why Ariel will continue to wear whatever she wants, despite what people might think. Recently for her high school graduation, this UCLA bound grad wore a fabulous body-con dress even though the haters were quick to tear her down. “I looked great in it, I loved it, and that’s all that matters to me,” she continued. “There are so many other issues in the world that are more important than my graduation dress showing a little underboob.”
Ariel’s positive body image and self-love is one of the reasons so many of her fans look up to her. Which is why you’ll never see a news story of her deleting her social media accounts. “I definitely have pushed myself to deal with the good and the bad because I feel there are so many girls who need to hear positivity,” she concluded. “I feel like as many of us women who can band together and discuss things in a positive way will be so beneficial. Losing one person in that discussion wouldn’t be helpful.”
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