Over the weekend, Ariel Winters slammed online bullies for their negative comments on a bikini photo she posted on Friday.
The "Modern Family" actress wrote on Instagram, "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."
She added, "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!!!!!!
This isn't the first time that the 17-year-old has discussed body image. She recently showed support for Ariana Grande, who faced online bullies writing that they preferred Ariel's body. When Grande wrote that diversity and loving yourself are truly sexy, Winter tweeted, "Thank you @ArianaGrande ❤️ Women should empower one another.Celebrate each other- you're all beautiful.."