Ariel Winter defends her revealing graduation dress: ‘I looked hot’


Ariel Winter has engaged in another social media scuffle. For a little context, when she was 17, Ariel reduced her breast size from an F to a D cup. Her reasons for doing so were both physical and self-esteem. She is thrilled with her new physique and has proudly showed the results on social media. With that however, has come a great deal of criticism. Ariel has been very vocal about standing up for one’s right to dress as they want. She has defended both herself and Kim Kardashian’s right to post whatever selfies they chose.

After Ariel’s recent high school graduation, Ariel’s sister threw her what looked like a delicious party. Ariel excitedly posted this pic of the celebration:

Couldn't be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night…the amount of love and support they've shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything…❤️ Thank you so much. I couldn't be luckier or more grateful. I was in awe last night and I still am that you guys love me that much to do all of that for me…I never would be where I am today without you two…you guys saved me and taught me to be the person I am today. Dad…I love you!!! Thank you for always being there to support and love me as well and always put a smile on my face no matter what :). I'm so grateful for the bond we now share. Alenah the song you put together with Shanelle and recorded for me was one of the most special gifts I've ever received. I'm still tearing up thinking about it. Thank you for that and for your beautiful, special performance. Also a big thank you so much to Geraldine for putting it all together and to @contemporarycatering @robpauerful for the most amazing food! A special thank you as well to Sharon who is probably the biggest reason I was able to get through high school and accepted into college…you pushed me to always do my best and encouraged me…not to mention you were always there for my 1am freak outs about late projects 🙂 Anddddd thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing family members and friends that flew in to celebrate with us- you guys are the absolute best. Thank you also to the ones who didn't have to fly in…so much love was felt all around last night. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! Class of 2016…❤️ #uclabound

A photo posted by Ariel Winter (@arielwinter) on

Some people wasted no time condemning Ariel for her dress choice so she fired back at them on both Twitter and Instagram.

Ariel Winter is sick and tired of body shamers, and she’s firing back.

The Modern Family actress received criticism over the form-fitting pink dress that featured a cut-out below her bust that she had worn for her high school graduation party. Commenters on social media bashed Winter for her choice of wardrobe because they found the dress to be too revealing while others zeroed in on the teenager’s figure.

“Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress,” the 18-year-old tweeted on Wednesday. “And if you hate it, don’t buy it. But please get a hobby. XOXO Ariel #EmbraceYourBody.”

Winter followed up with a photo preaching a similar message, posting a mirror selfie that she captioned: “Embrace all that you are. Don’t let those outside voices become your inner voice #mychoice #loveyourcurves.”

The actress, who had breast reduction surgery last year, said she doesn’t usually “give power” to mean things said about her on the Internet, but felt inspired to speak out for other girls who have been bullied.

“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,” she wrote. “Celebrate you and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!”

[From People]

I am not a fan of the dress and I’ll be honest, modesty factors into my opinion. I may not care for the dress but I don’t care if Ariel posts pictures of herself wearing it, she can wear whatever the hell she wants. Also, I understand her excitement about her new figure. When I was 43, I finally finished losing weight I had been trying to shed my whole life. I dressed in anything I could find that would show it off. I’m sure my name was dropped at a few school PTO meetings but I didn’t really care. And I agree, she did look hot.

I don’t think her response hit the right note, though. I feel like she is giving her critics the power she doesn’t want to by continuing to respond to this nonsense. Especially considering that most of the comments on that Instagram take down her detractors for her. I like her following up with another provacative-but-perfectly-acceptable pic, that’s how I would have fought them. You do you, Ariel.

Not related but Ariel’s puppies!

From my little Rocco's 1st birthday!!!! ❤️

A photo posted by Ariel Winter (@arielwinter) on

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  1. swak says:

    Whether it is her or any one else, under boob, side boob to me are a big NO.

    • Jane says:


    • orangecrush says:

      She would have looked just as hot without showing any boobage. Her body, her choice, blah, blah, but where is the line drawn between looking hot and just looking trashy?

      • Loulou says:

        Too much time around Sofia Vergara on a show that made too much of body image…? She’s young, but she’s coming across Vergarized.

    • Denise says:

      Oh dear. That dress was not meant to look that way on the body, the cutout is supposed to sit under the breast line. She’s young and having fun with her new body and if she later looks back and cringes that’s ok, that’s what youth is for. But she needs to chill with her responses. She comes off as a bit bratty. Don’t give people a legit reason not to like you.

  2. Bridget says:

    It’s not something I would personally choose (even at 30 something, I would die if I wore something like that in front of my dad) but it’s her body to dress. More power to her if this makes her feel good.

    • Kiliki says:

      Yes Bridget. I’m more like you, and maybe I have my dad to thank- he forbade me to get into acting or modeling as a very young teen when my high school boyfriend’s agents were pulling on my shirt to get into the business. I was very shy. It’s a slippery slope. Bring on the Kardashian “glamour” to outshine her extraordinary talent if that’s what she wants.

      She does look hot but I always knew she was hot. Maybe she has to keep proving that to herself, but I hope she keeps her self-worth in her talent and achievements. She has what it takes to go all the way (and not that way).

    • SK says:

      Goodness me! The photo wouldn’t load for me at first so I saw all the comments and thought people were massively overacting and THEN saw the dress. Well. I’m not a personal fan (I absolutely hate this on her) and I think that dress was made for someone with a much smaller bust. I think one day she will probably look back at this and cringe. HOWEVER, she is a teenager, and one who has suffered a ton of body critique for many years from her own mother, the general public etc. She has recently had a boob reduction and obviously had a boost in self esteem so good on her for being proud! Her body is fabulous. I wore some absolutely atrocious clothes at her age and now I just look back and laugh/cringe. I was a little tiny stick that suddenly got boobs at 17/18 and I had no idea what to do with them. I thought I could still wear lots of drapey tops, halter necks, bra-free dresses and tops. My boobs popped out a LOT. Oopsies! Learning curve! I also wore some pretty tight, short, booby things that I wouldn’t be caught dead in now. To each their own. I’m not a fan of underwear as clothing, or of no underwear under short skirts, or what Ariel here is wearing, and a bunch of other stuff. I was shocked a few years ago to realise that I could no longer tell the prostitutes and club-goers apart in a notorious nightlife area. However, being young is about taking risks, making harmless mistakes, and having fun. Good on Ariel for the lovely message she wrote, for being proud of her education, and for being eager to educate herself further. Good on her for being proud of her body. Good luck to her!

    • Fee says:

      Was this for high school grad party or after grad? At school, I’d find it wrong but at her age, I dressed up as I wanted too. Maybe because of her body type it looks like that but its her life, she ain’t naked.

    • Rayya Kirt says:

      Precisely. If this is her preference of style, I find it unfortunate that people have so little decency and enough time to spew negativity at some one. Talk about trashy on the inside. I never understand the desire for someone to actually stop and criticize someone where it’s nothing to do with them. Nasty characteristic.

    • Nan says:

      This! If that what she wants to wear than that’s it. I don”t get why some people think it is their place to go spew hate lake that.

  3. eggy weggs says:

    Looks like something Snooki would wear.

  4. Pri says:

    I am not going to criticize her body, but I can criticize her (and Kim’s) narcissism.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      Yeah, she has taken a page right out of Kims playbook.

    • Tonka says:

      This. Her public image has taken on overt Kardashian tones and I find it as tedious with her as I do the Kardashians. They are welcome to this brand of feminism but it doesn’t speak to me at all. I find her posts increasingly desperate for attention with an unsatiable need to be the next new wave feminist.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      “…her (and Kim’s) narcissism…” Kim K? Yeah. Ariel Winter? Only time will tell. She’s pretty new to this level of fame, and so far I haven’t heard anything about her behavior, so it’s a little too early to tell how she will turn out. Right now, she’s just a person who’s career depends on her being noticed- so she uses interviews, comments, and photographs to get her noticed- just like Channing Tatum, Pink, Chloe Moretz, and practically everyone else in Hollywood who’s actively promoting themselves in-between or during a project. At least she actually seems to think about these things and is regularly putting out positive, feminist messages about victim-blaming, and regularly speaks up when other people are targeted by things like homophobia and slut-shaming- which is more than can be said for Kim Kardashian, who gets criticism for only seeming to care about feminism when misogyny and sometimes even just harmless criticism are directed at her.

    • a reader says:

      yes, this exactly.

      personally i think the underboob look is tacky and gross. i would never. i would also never shame a woman for choosing to rock that look. by all means.

      but the narcissism she has displayed over the past few years does nothing other than make me suspect she’s an incredibly shallow person.

    • antigone says:

      Agreed! I know I’m going to sound like an old lady, but when did it become acceptable to brag about your appearance (or brag about things in general)? That’s great that she felt hot but does she need to tell everyone how hot she looks? I’m 43 and if I would have talked like that about myself back when I was in my teens and twenties I wouldn’t have had any friends.

    • helena says:

      yes. at first I was like…oh, that’s so great that this girl is so curvy and loves it and all. but now I see she’s so full of herself…me, me, me, me, me…my body, my body, my body, I’m hot….. and that just sucks.

  5. mee says:

    whoa. looks like she dressed to match the balloons in the background.

  6. minx says:

    That dress is ridiculous for a graduation dress, I’m sorry. If that’s body shaming, so be it.
    And my daughter graduates next year so I’m pretty aware of what girls wear to proms, graduations, homecomings, etc.

    • doofus says:

      I don’t think that is body-shaming…her bod is amazing, but that dress, IMO, a bit much for a graduation party. I was just at my niece’s and NONE of the young women were wearing stuff like that. if she feels comfortable, that’s great, but I feel like the dress is inappropriate.

      and calling someone out for dressing inappropriately is NOT body shaming. if you saw a woman wearing a dress like that in church, or at a wedding, or at a baby/bridal shower, you’d (likely) think it was inappropriate for the event.

      • JustVisiting says:

        Some was calling out the dress. Most was using the dress as a backdoor way to body shame.

      • my3cents says:

        This. Yes she looks good, but totally inappropriate. To a club- fine, graduation-not so.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      Its more of a nightclub / date night look. Too much for daytime.

    • Bridget says:

      I do want to remind you guys, this isn’t going to be an apples to apples comparison – not only is Ariel an LA Kid, but also a showbiz kid. Look around that room and chances are that you’re not going to see outfits like what we’d see with normal kids.

      • Tifygodess24 says:

        @bridget I realize that, it’s not just LA where kids dress like this. Look at any major city and you will see it but that also doesn’t mean every LA kid/celeb kid or not is also dressing this way either. It’s just not a good look for a grad party, heck any day party. It’s too try hard. Plus it’s not even that cute.

        On a side note- The biggest disservice parents have done for their children is to teach them criticism doesn’t exist and everyone is a special little snowflake. It’s seems like this younger generation has a hard time dealing with anyone not kissing their butt or telling them what they want to hear. So what people criticized her dress? Put on your big girl panties and move on with your day. If she wore this for herself then she shouldn’t be so bothered by what others say and not every line of criticism is some sort of shaming. It’s getting old.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        “The biggest disservice parents have done for their children is to teach them criticism doesn’t exist and everyone is a special little snowflake. It’s seems like this younger generation has a hard time dealing with anyone not kissing their butt or telling them what they want to hear. So what people criticized her dress? Put on your big girl panties and move on with your day.”

        If we were talking about Kendall Jenner and Yolanda Foster getting all butthurt about that ‘bitches of the moment’ comment, then I’d agree with you (that was probably more of a ‘spoiled, sheltered, privileged celebrity’ thing than a ‘this generation’ thing. I’m only a little older than Gigi and couldn’t see myself, peers, or their parents responding like that.) But this situation isn’t a good example of the special snowflake thing because she’s not being a brat or a crybaby about any old criticism, she’s criticizing the body-policing/female modesty-policing crowd (knowing the usual things they say) and saying something people need to hear. And someone can do something for themselves but still see some of people’s reactions to that thing as prudish, ridiculous, or narrow-minded.

    • HH says:

      I don’t like it, personally. More importantly, though, was this a friends-only graduation party? Or was her family there? didn’t read the long insta caption. I most certainly would not be comfortable being in that dress around family–or anything revealing.

      Also, she’s just a D? In the black dress, I see. In that pink dress, though???? Some people’s boobs do grow again after a reduction.

    • Suzy from Ontario says:

      I think the dress is inappropriate for a graduation. A club, yes! A party, yes! But a graduation? I don’t think your boobs should be showing. That’s not body shaming. I think she has a nice body and can wear that dress out… but there’s a time and place and I just don’t think a graduation is the place for it.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        The thing that kind of makes me sad is that graduation is such an achievement of the mind. And it kind of seems like the dress downplays that and makes the focus on the bod. She looks hot, I think it would make sense at a club. But the need to be seen as “hot” at all times is kind of sad. I realize the allure, I certainly enjoyed asserting my sexuality when I was around her age…but I just wish there was more confidence in the mental part of her being. But perhaps I am just old fashioned and thinking too much that it needs to be either/or.

    • JS says:

      It’s not body shaming, it’s clothes shaming.

      Look at her Instagram. She is nothing but THIRSTY. There is a recent video she posted of her wired up in her trailer and it’s a blatant lingering shot of her crotch. Nothin but thirsty for attention, and then when she gets negative attention for it, which she knows she will, she fires back and calls it anti feminism and embrace your body or some other BS excuse. Give me a break. She’s an awful role model for young girls and takes the sexiness a little too far…Kylie Jenner 2.0.

  7. doofus says:

    samoyed!!!! (not sure I spelled that right but I love those fluffy pups!)

    as for her dress, I sure wouldn’t wear it, but if she wants to, more power to her. I just feel like it’s something you’d see at the AVN awards. I don’t mind cut-out dresses but this one is a little much for my tastes.

    • JustCrimmles says:

      Yeah! Idgaf about the dress, it’s a pretty color but eh, I’m just here for the dog party 😍😍

    • Kitten says:

      THE DOGS!!!! ♥ ♥
      Samoyeds are ridiculously beautiful.

      I think she looks hot in that dress but for a graduation party..? Eh..

      • justcrimmles says:

        yup. even as a bodycon dress, it’d be ok for the event, were it not for the full-on display of…inner-middle boobs? under-front? titty frottage? everything but the nips? i know from having bigguns myself, you can wear most anything and look cheap. but sometimes tacky is tacky, no matter what type of body is wearing it. but more power to her for feeling herself in it. i can’t say i wouldn’t literally run my ass around naked if i were her size/shape, so…yeah.

        some of our neighbors have what i think is a samoyed. s/he barks whenever we walk our dog near their house, but i don’t care, because A PILE OF FLUFF IS BARKING AT ME AND OMGOMGOMG IT’S SO CUUUUUTE!!! i’ll stop now 😀

      • Kiliki says:

        I know, Kitten! THE DOGS! 🙂

        Is that a black pug on the right?

  8. AmyB says:

    People on social media really need to get a life lol……I’m not a huge fan of the dress, but I applaud her body confidence and I’m sure after her breast reduction surgery she feels great! From what I have seen, Ariel has gone through a lot (becoming emancipated from her own mother at like 14/15, being in the public eye with her role on Modern Family). It’s refreshing to see a child actor continue on and pursue their education, as she is by attending UCLA! Go Ariel 😉

    • detritus says:

      The dress looks like something I would have picked when I was younger and exploring what ‘sexy’ felt like. It’s not the most subtle. I def wouldn’t wear it now.

      I get the feeling most people have an issue with the cutout, and the impressive amount of underboob. Which, I think, is actually what she is arguing about. If Taylor Swift wore this outfit it would look a lot different and people wouldn’t be so judgey about the skin showing.

      It’s like if you show skin (and heavens to betsy, if it’s boob skin) as a larger chested woman its automatically trashy. Small chested and model thin women get away with an amount of nudity because its considered artistic or pushing the envelope. Curvier, or top heavy women, do not get the same benefit of the doubt. They’d best not want to be proud of that cleavage either, because good god keep those things under wraps, the public doesn’t need to see it.

      I can completely understand how this pisses her off. She feels limited and labelled by her body, something she can’t control. Wear what makes you happy and f&ck the haters.

      • Chris says:

        Couldn’t agree more. Modest breasts are allowed to be shown. Large breasted women are expected to wear minimizing bras and hide.

      • AmyB says:

        @detritus I didn’t really think about it in terms of large breasted women exposing skin, but I think you are right. If Taylor Swift or some other tall, lanky, small breasted woman wore this, would they get so criticized? I kind of doubt it. I agree F**K the haters!

      • detritus says:

        Exactly, Chris and AmyB.
        If you’re thin, even with modest implants, you are ‘edgy’ for wearing cut outs/belly baring tops/short shorts, not trashy. Or at least there is a greater likelihood that you will be labelled as such.

        Taytay was ‘edgy’ for her spaghetti strapped cutout jumpsuit.

        No wonder she admires Kim, Kim is lauded as being sexy and fashionable (lololololol) and shes got big boobs and a giant bum. There are not a lot celebrity women deemed ‘hot’ by the masses that are not very, very slender.

        Amber Rose was right when she said that there is frequently a veneer of classism when people denounce certain women for being trashy or slutty or overexposed. It’s OK when it’s fashion on the runway, but not when its non-wealthy individuals expressing themselves.

        For comparison. If you had bigger breasts that Balmain jumpsuit would be even more revealing than the dress Ariel chose.

      • Aren says:

        Thank you for this.
        I’m super skinny and people have told me I could get away with wearing pretty much anything, I can’t say I fully understood what they meant, until now.
        From this point on, I’ll make sure to give even more support to the “anybody should be able to wear whatever they want” wave.

      • Polly says:

        A flat-chested woman would be exposing a lot of sternum in this dress which reads a lot less “sexy” than having half your b00bs hanging out the bottom of the cutout. Anyone CAN wear anything, it just won’t always be flattering.

  9. Mgsota says:

    I’m about to comment on her fashion choice and nothing else…

    H O R R E N D O U S!

  10. racer says:

    Eh, I’ve seen more revealing prom and graduation dresses. Voicing your opinion is not the same as body shaming- whatever body shaming is, I have no idea but it sounds like some 21st century hipster adage to justify impropriety. If you don’t want opinions or criticism stay off social media and live your life like it’s 1990- take a Polaroid and send it to people you actually know.

    • Hazel says:

      Well stated.

    • TreadStyle says:

      @Racer I have to agree with everything you say here. I don’t get the social media generation that post pictures of themselves for attention but then get mad that everyone doesn’t say they look hot. I’m also saddened by the same opening it gives for never ending bullying, by being able to type what you want w no repercussions. It’s a very narcissistic generation. But glad she’s a smart girl and is truly going to college.

    • lucy2 says:

      I love the Polaroid comparison, it’s so true.

      I think she herself looks great, but that dress is very trashy, IMO. I can’t think of many places where it would be an appropriate thing to wear, but her choice.

  11. Embee says:

    I absolutely agree with her that people feel way too free to treat woman’s bodies as public property, eschewing all boundaries and decency. I believe that etiquette should apply online as well as in person, and that if your wouldn’t say it to her face you ought not online. I also think that her choice of dress was inappropriate for the occasion, but she is 18 and lives in Hollyweird so I am sure her decision-making skills are not necessarily well-honed at this time. She will grow up. I had a couple of body-con dresses at her age that embarrassed my boyfriend/ex-husband to be when I wore them.

  12. tacos and tv says:

    That dress is tragic and ugly. Wayyyyy too much for anyone who isn’t a kardashian. Seriously. It’s ugly. Nothing to do with her body.

  13. M.A.F. says:

    I think it’s the dress people were commenting on. She looks good in the dress but I’m not keen on an 18 year old wearing it. That first photo, of her in the black dress is spot on. But the pink one, it’s too “grown up” for me. But what do I know? I’m 34 and my idea of dressing up is wearing washed jeans.

  14. Jade says:

    Is it bodyshaming if I think the cut of the dress is too revealing in a way that does not compliment her? I think her body is fine. If it were just about lesser clothes, I still think she is gorgeous and her body would look fine in a bikini or if she’s naked at home or in a tasteful photo shoot. This cut just isn’t tasteful to me and I think she can look better. I just think fashion and style is subjective and can be about the dress or cut, not about the body. If it doesn’t flatter you, I reserve the right to think so. The good thing is you can also disagree because it’s about personal taste. But please…am I really bodyshaming?

  15. Sam says:

    Some of the comments were body shaming, but some of them were just saying that they felt like it was not appropriate for a high school graduation party. Which, I tend to agree – depending on the party. If it was a day party, it’s not appropriate – especially if it was a family event with parents or grandparents or small children present. Maybe she doesn’t really have anybody giving her direction? When I was 18, I made very questionable fashion choices, but I had my mom to say, “That is not appropriate now, you can’t do that.” I know Ariel is estranged from her mother, so maybe she’s very on her own when it comes to fashion choices?

  16. katie says:

    While I have so much sympathy for the girl and what she has been through in terms of body shaming, criticizing someone’s dress choice is not body shaming. Unless ppl are talking about her body, it’s just criticizing her fashion sense.

  17. Kimbers says:

    The color is not for her. It makes a pretty girl look dollarstore

  18. Bethy says:

    If you can’t take criticism, don’t put it on social media.

  19. InvaderTak says:

    That dress is tacky AF under any circumstances. Judging fashion choices=/= body shaming.

    • Tris says:

      (And with regards to the cake, who in their right mind thinks black icing looks delicious?)

    • thaisajs says:

      Exactly. There’s a time and place for this dress (if you must), but this ain’t it.

    • swak says:

      I hate to have to use black icing. You have to put so much of the black coloring in it to get a true black. That changes the taste of the icing.

  20. Leah says:


    I am no prude and I am also a total libertarian- do what you want, people!

    That said, people that post pics on social media are ASKING for a reaction. Just because you don’t get the reaction you want doesn’t make it “body shaming” or “bullying”.

    That dress is awful. I’m sick of seeing people’s private junk hanging out of clothes. There IS still such a thing as propriety- don’t wear revealing clothes to places like church, temple, your grandparents’ house! Geesh, save that stuff for the nightclub. 🙄

    • Kiliki says:

      With you here. This dress is perfect for showing off when you want to get crazy UP IN DA CLUB! Have a blast, you deserve it.

      Even Sofia Vergara wouldn’t dress like this. She also had the same chest size as Ariel’s original one, but she has said her mother told her not to alter her body and downsize and be proud of it. I like that much better. But Ariel might very well have had back pain, she’s a good several inches shorter than Vergara. Whatever makes you happy and secure. This just feels off. She’s so young. Her mom shamed her and maybe she’s getting back at her. Her mom sucks, being a teen is complicated. Knowing what’s appropriate isn’t always too complicated though.

  21. Chetta B. says:

    Healthy ego, too. Turn-off.

  22. tamiam says:

    I grew three cup sizes in my early 40s and when you grow from hormones and not just normal weight gain, you can’t get rid of it (and nobody tells you this!). I’d always been big, but this growth was ridiculous. After my reduction, which took me from a huge G down to a full C/small D, over about one year’s time, I lost 20 lbs. My body changed and stayed changed – evolved so to speak around my smaller boobs which was so much more fitting of my body. My back, arms and shoulders didn’t need to work so hard to help my chest! I’m not 5’1 – I’m 5’6, but it still makes a huge difference. I wear things now that I would not have been able to before and it’s a pretty powerful feeling. I get that Ariel wants to wear things she could never before. Good on her and hopefully she doesn’t need another reduction in 10 years, but if she does, good on her again.

    • swak says:

      My daughter had one at 20. It’s been over 10 years and hopefully won’t have to have another one done because insurance no longer pays for reductions.

    • Aren says:

      I would like some of whatever you were having at that moment.
      Currently, I’m not even an A.

      • Lea says:

        @Aren. I’m told the breast density changes with hormones so they get bigger for many women in their late 30s/early 40s. I’d had a lot of strange allergic reactions and took prednisone (basically straight up steroids) for over a year, then they -my boobs- just started to get heavy. Even my hubby was like, what is happening? Now, reduction rules. I’ve got no fight in this and believe women should feel as confident and secure with their bodies as possible, severe plastic surgery excepted.

    • antigone says:

      I’m in my early 40’s now and would love to have a “growth spurt” without weight gain or surgery. Maybe that will happen to me lol (doubtful, though). I’m a small 34B-would love to be a natural full B or a small C.

  23. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    She got torn to shreds on People when they posted the photo and yes, the dress is revealing. But after years of having to basically bind her chest and having neck and back issues, I bet she’s thilled to be able to show off her figure.

    • Naddie says:

      I hate this argument, but I’m forced to believe it’s envy. I mean, what’s the point of ripping a teenage girl apart because of a dress??

  24. Kiliki says:

    What is happening to Ariel?!?! She was the modestly truly beautiful one! Noooooooo!! I’m a modern family fanatic! First Sarah Hyland and now this?

    Ariel, you were STUNNING on the inside and outside before. I know they try to make you into an ugly ducking on the show, but we all got to see your beauty off-set.

    These fillers and duck-lips are stupid. You don’t need to turn into a Kardashian. You better think twice.

    Bridget had a great comment above. I though Ariel Winter had the most natural talent and beauty. I see that potential circling the drain already.

  25. Happy21 says:

    Not going to body shame at all. She has a banging bod and should be proud of it. However, she is 18 years old. Still a child really. I feel like she looked hot for a 21 year old for sure but I don’t really think it appropriate for graduation. I have many teens in my life and I cannot for the life of me see any of them dressing like this for grad. Mom and Dad would say NO WAY! There is a time and a place for everything and unfortunately with role models like the Kardashians these days, people are becoming less and less modest at a younger age. I find it incredibly sad that young women feel the need to dress like this at such a young age. I know Hollyweird is miles away from real life but I can’t help but feel that this is too much for an 18 year old to take on. At 18 you know nothing!

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      I think it’s sad that we do such a good job at teaching people that things like role model status, self-respect, value, safety, and respectability are determined by women’s modesty that people automatically think something’s wrong or sad about someone like her NOT dressing modestly all the time. It definitely doesn’t seem sad that some people (like Ariel Winter, but not just her) show that they don’t buy into that belief by criticizing it and wearing what they want.
      Just talking about how she looks in the photo though, I don’t like the hair or the dress.

      • detritus says:

        Yeah… that hair colour is not a flattering one.
        You don’t need to be so on-the-nose with the colour choice, girl.

      • Sam says:

        It’s not so much modesty as it’s just basic appropriateness. Nobody is saying she must dress modestly ALL the time. If she wore that out to a club, or a night dinner, or any other number of places, nobody would blink. The issue is wearing it to an event where it is really not that appropriate. Whether you personally like it or not, clothing is a way that humans communicate with each other and with the environment. Tim Gunn talks a lot about this in his books – and his conclusion is basically, “You can wear absolutely whatever you want, but everyone else has a right to draw conclusions about you based on what you wear.” But that dress is definitely saying something, and it’s not the type of thing that should be said at a daytime high school graduation.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        If the ‘appropriateness’ is about skin showing, then it kind of is about modesty. (Not talking about the people who are just commenting on the look being unattractive). People are saying they wouldn’t have cared if she had worn it to a club or out to dinner, this comes up no matter where (except for the beach) these women decide they’re going to wear something immodest- whether it’s the Met Gala, a party, a red carpet event, a photoshoot, an album cover, a music video, a performance, a selfie on the person’s own account, or just about any other event- the venue probably doesn’t make that big of a difference. It’s just an extra to reach for. Sort of like “the children.” She was at a graduation party thrown by her sister for her, but I’m sure there was no specific dress code policy, so complaints about cleavage being inappropriate by people who weren’t there are just matters of what people were taught and beleive. And just like people may draw stereotypical conclusions about women in certain outfits, people also have the right to draw conclusions about the people with those views.

  26. thaisajs says:

    She should certainly be able to wear whatever the heck she wants. But that dress is inappropriate for a graduation party, IMHO. For a night out in Vegas? Sure. Take some mace with you, but go for it. Graduation parties tend to include parents and grandparents and friends of the family and other olds who don’t want to look at your 18-year-old under-boob.

  27. mayamae says:

    I think there’s a bigger picture to this story. Ariel has been “the smart but unattractive” sister of Modern Family for years. That type of thing led Tracey Gold to anorexia. Plus, Ariel was big-breasted from a young age, so the show dressed her in a way that made her look overweight and sloppy. Add to that – her mother was seriously restricting her calories to force a weight loss, and the cast had to intervene and assist in Ariel’s emancipation. Now she’s had the breast reduction and wearing clothes she never thought she could wear without being called “slutty” (it’s a fine-line that large breasted women walk), and she’s basically being called slutty. So I get it. She’s so young and still figuring things out. I’m so glad people weren’t listening to what I had to say at that age, because I’m sure I thought I knew everything, too. What she does have is a confidence I would have killed for.

    • AmyB says:

      I agree with everything you said! There is a lot more to the story here, so why can’t people stop with the criticism…..maybe it wouldn’t be your choice of clothing, but my feeling is Ariel had a hard time for many reasons over the years, and if she emerged with self-confidence that is something to applaud.

  28. Jezza says:

    I agree with most of the comments saying it’s not so much the dress, but that she wore it to her grad. That is not body shaming. Nobody would care if she wore it on a night out. There’s a time and place for everything and the dress doesn’t fit with a daytime grad thing.

  29. Trixie says:

    I won’t criticize her body or her choice to dress her body the way she wants to, but I will criticize that dress for being ugly. Personally, I just don’t get why underboob is now a thing. It’s not attractive IMO.

  30. TyrantDestroyed says:

    She is very young and she has a great body and at the end of the day she can dress the way she wants because is her body and her choice

  31. J.Mo says:

    She looked gorgeous and sophisticated in the black gown, I guess that’s not the image she wants to convey.

  32. Dirty Martini says:

    I have a soft spot for this girl, but the truth is I think she needs a good therapist. Her mother did a number on her regarding her body and looks, and now she is completely obsessed with same. It is how she is now defining herself. I don’t think she is a narcissist as suggested upthread…….I think she is way overcompensating for very low self esteem. Methinks she protests too much. I like her for her acting and I want to see her succeed in the future on the basis of who she is and her work — not her (ahem) body at work.

  33. Lisa says:

    It’s not so much that it’s revealing, just unflattering.

  34. Ryan says:

    She does look hot. Anyone who takes any time out of their day to get all huffy about the way a person’s dressed is a sad, sad person.

  35. Naddie says:

    Is it tacky? Yes. Will I say a word about her body? No. Does she have a right to be tacky? Hell yeah. Yesterday I walked out of my house dressed like my granny, but it was nobody’s business. Not that I’ve posted my look for eveyone to see, but… people don’t have to be mean.

  36. Beezers says:

    Little girl, if you don’t want people to comment on your appearance, don’t post pictures to the PUBLIC. You post it, people have a right to comment on it.

    Personally, I think she looks like a 45 year old Real Housewife of New Jersey. That’s not a good look for anyone, especially an 18 year old.

  37. Snowflake says:

    Yeah, her dress shows more than what I personally would. But in the grand scheme, that’s pretty minor. She has gotten emancipated due to family issues so she obviously has family. Despite that, she’s a successful actress, going to college and I haven’t heard anything about her having drinking or drug issues or being a little sh$t like justin beiber. so I think we should give her a pass over a dress. Maybe we should teach boys not to judge how sexually free a woman is by the way she dresses. It’s a dress, fffs.

  38. Biff T says:

    Ok, i have nothing against her dressing however she wants but it’s a graduation not club night.
    Sad fact is people nowadays have no sense of class or decorum. You dress for the event. Some places you go classy, some casual and others whatever.
    The problem i see with this girl is she wants things both ways. She said she hated the attention she got on red carpet because of her boobs. She got them reduced. Now shes finding every opportunity to show them off. Yeah shes young but she needs to cover up or stop bitching when she gets the attention.

  39. Sunshine Gold says:

    I think she’s sad. And it’s not about empowerment. It’s completely tacky – for anyone, but especially for a senior in high school.

  40. perplexed says:

    Is she being body-shamed or “slut”-shamed? Or are the words interchangeable?

    I don’t think her figure looks bad at all — I just think the dress is really ugly. Even Blake Lively couldn’t make that dress look good. And I’m not even sure if J-Lo of all people would bother to give it a try. The dress is just straight-up ugly, I think.

    I wouldn’t be commenting on the ugliness of the dress if it hadn’t been posted on social media though ( with a comments section attached — is it not possible for celebrities to disable that section?) It’s not like I’d have any idea of the existence of the dress if she hadn’t shared the image. I don’t get why she just didn’t wear the dress and go about her day like a normal person would. I see weirdly dressed people on the street, but probably don’t feel inclined to even have an opinion since we’re all going about her business on our own and are busy with our own thoughts.

    • Nicole says:

      @perplexed, great comment. You share it, you wear the criticism too. Everyone has an opinion. What I don’t like is the fillers in her once lovely 18 year old face. Hopefully they will wear off.

  41. Atlanta Girl says:

    I had a breast reduction done over a decade ago. I “get” having the opportunity to wear clothes that you “couldn’t” before and adjusting to the new body. She is a bit younger, so she has some catching up to do – younger ladies tend to experiment with looking older but some of those outfits are downright skanky.

  42. guest says:

    morality of people here: one can wear revealing dress at night or clubs but not at daylight or graduation party.
    heh, if one wears trashy dress at clubs what makes you think that person will/can not wear trashy dress at other times? that is just controvertial.
    you either wear modest dress all the time or not. one time modest dress, other time trashy dress- odd and creates confusion.

  43. Veronica says:

    Being an old maid of 30, I do think it’s a bit over the top for a graduation party – granted, the graduation party was for HER and she was presumably covered with a robe during the actual ceremony – but to be completely honest…if I was 18 and had her body, I might have done the same thing. She probably couldn’t wear outfits like this before the breast reduction, so to be able to pull off this kind of clothing is probably really exciting for her. We live in a society that encourages women to value their looks above everything else, to be thin and beautiful, to dress and act sexy – what, exactly, do we gain from getting angry at teenage women who follow that trend? Ten years from now, she’ll probably look back at that dress and laugh at how ridiculous it was – the same way most of us probably do at some of the outfits we wore to bars and parties when we were around the same age.

  44. Shelley says:

    People should honestly worry about their own “modesty”, and not concern themselves with anyone else’s.
    There is a culture of hypersexualizing girls and women with large breasts and asses. It is inappropriate and shameful, and women play a large part in it too…as demonstrated by this thread and article.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I agree that women play a large role in hypersexualizing girls and women with large breasts and Winter is one of them or she wouldn’t be wearing a dress specifically designed to bare half her breasts. Nobody asked to see them. She likes showing them off, which to me, is a sign of insecurity – not confidence. A confident young women does not feel the need to attract attention to her body due to pride and self-respect which wouldn’t allow her to use her boobs to get mens’ attention. Confident women get attention without trying bc confidence itself is attractive as are their brains.

  45. A.Key says:

    I wouldn’t call it body shaming, more like taste shaming. The dress is goddamn horrible and ugly. There are so many beautiful dresses that accentuate one’s figure and are sexy, but this one is just an insult to anyone’s eyes. Girl has a great body but shitty taste.

  46. Jag says:

    My issue is that she apparently got all huffy about people looking at her chest before she got a breast reduction. Now she’s wearing dresses that show almost half of her breasts and she expects people to not say anything. Which is it going to be?

    I don’t think she looks hot because she looks trashy. She could’ve chosen another dress. Her body is amazing, but she could’ve dressed better.

  47. NeoCleo says:

    I’m happy that she feels good about her decision to go with the breast reduction. At 60 years old I am finally getting rid of these damn lumps of fat I’ve been dragging around for the last 40 plus years! A lifetime of heavy breasts have given me severe degenerative disk disease in my neck and the pain is awful.

    However, that dress is all kinds of ugly!

  48. hogtowngooner says:

    Maybe I’m an old prude, but I think that dress is inappropriate for a graduation ceremony.

    God I’m tired of twits like her posting things like this just to get a reaction and then scream “body-shaming!” or “cyber-bullying!” everytime someone says something that isn’t 100% adoration.

  49. JenniferJustice says:

    She can do whatever she wants, but when she puts those pics on Instagram she’s got to know some backlash will follow. I think she likes the attention and the drama. Most of my friends and relatives weren’t trying to look hot at their highschool graduation or after-parties but then we’re not Hollywood. She has no sense of appropriateness and no decent parents to guide her. She’s going to do alot of trashy stuff and stomp her feet when people give her flack. She can say “If you hate the dress, don’t buy it.” And I can say, “If you hate the responses, don’t Instagram.” It goes both ways.