Ariel Winter on her revealing Instagram pics: ‘It’s a butt. Everyone has a butt’


Ariel Winter likes to show off her figure in revealing outfits. Moreso, she likes to post pictures of herself in those outfits to her social media. And it doesn’t matter if it is a red carpet slinky gown or just casual daywear, pretty much anything Ariel wears these days shows a lot of skin. Probably due to Ariel’s age (18), everyone has an opinion on both her look and her showing it off. The only problem is, all of those opinions – good or bad – are falling on Ariel’s deaf ears because those shots are for her and nobody else.

Ariel Winter’s revealing social media posts have drawn both praise and ire, but the Modern Family star isn’t too concerned about what her critics say.

“Everybody is so hyped up on the fact that I post photos where my butt’s out. It’s a butt. Everyone has a butt. I don’t think it’s crazy,” the 18-year-old actress told ET Tuesday at Variety’s Power Of Young Hollywood Issue Celebration in Los Angeles.

Winter has fired back several times at body shamers who took to her Instagram section to leave not-so-kind comments about her choice of wardrobe or her figure. But the backlash hasn’t prompted her to think twice before posting a sexy photo, she said.

“I don’t really think I’m telling myself, ‘You should post this, you shouldn’t post that,’ I feel like I’m just having fun,” she said at the event, where she donned a striped pant suit with a black, cleavage-flaunting top. “I like my fans to see what I’m doing.”

Along with the criticism, Winter’s posts have prompted praise from fans who have called her photos “body positive.”

But, Winter says, whether she is hated or loved, she is determined to live life the way she wants to.

“It’s like, Let me live! I’m enjoying my life, you’re enjoying your life. You should be posting your butt if you like it, too!” she added.

[From People]

I had my tsking finger out and ready to wag at Ariel when I opened this story. But once I read it, I kind of don’t have a problem with it. I mean, the logic that a bare rear is fine because we all have one is a dumb argument but I agree with the rest of it. I don’t dress like Ariel and doubt I’ll let my children dress like that when they enter their teens. But Ariel isn’t trying to say that her attire isn’t provocative, she’s saying she likes her body and posting it makes her happy. We now know she didn’t always feel this way and I am happy to see her her confidence post breast reduction. I respect that her posts are not affected by detractors or fans but just what her 18-year-old self feels like posting. It gives credence to her body-shaming comments, that she won’t back down because someone cried shame but at the same time, she’s not pushing the envelope to garner cheers.

Two things: 1) Ariel is young but she is an adult and at this point, a photo of her décolletage or derrière is about as shocking as Ariana Grande’s duck lips – we might as well get used to them because they aren’t going to stop anytime soon. 2) As much as I agree that Ariel has every right to post the pictures she does, in no way am I condoning her outfit selections. Her fashion sense has been declining rapidly and body-positivity or not, ugly clothes are ugly clothes.




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  1. tegteg says:

    She just looks trashy these days, but she’s entitled to dress (or not dress) however she wants, just like I’m entitled to my opinion. Blahdy blah, time to go find something more interesting.

    • Morning Coffee says:

      Exactly. I’ll shade her for looking trashy, but not for showing her body. There are ways to show off your body and still look good.

    • detritus says:

      She’s definitely taking her style inspiration from the wrong CoCo

    • swak says:

      She can show her body all she wants but she is starting to look thirsty. She also has to realize that by posting these photos on social media that is for everyone to see then she has to expect comments, both the good and the bad.

    • C says:

      Very trashy

  2. Kimma says:

    I really, really liked her… And, I really felt for her with her whole family situation a few years ago..and maybe she is just testing her boundaries right now, and at her young age. But, I just hope she doesn’t start going Kardashian-like overboard, because she seemed so classy but now is kind of getting a bit trashy for my liking….it’s a bummer. Yes, everyone has a butt, however, it doesn’t need to be hanging out…let’s leave some things to our imagination.

    • Dirty Martini says:

      Completely agree. Liked her on MF, felt so sorry for her family dynamic, and really was rooting for her. However all these “look at my body” posts have just made me sad. Her self esteem is clearly toast and she’s looking for attention (good, bad or indifferent). If it’s just for her that would be no need to live it out there on blast social media.

      She needs a good therapist.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        Self-esteem and modesty are not the same thing.

      • Dirty Martini says:

        No they aren’t. But I said nothing about modesty whatsoever.

      • detritus says:

        Self esteem doesn’t necessarily mean covering up either. You don’t need to be modest to have self esteem, which I think was OFs point.
        You didn’t blatantly equate the two, but you did make reference to her not having self esteem based on the way she dresses. Implicitly saying that if you are not modest, you have no self esteem.

      • Samtha says:

        That’s now how I read what Dirty Martini was saying. Her (his?) point seemed to be that Ariel is posting these pictures for a sense of validation and attention from her followers. And if you need validation from strangers that badly and are relying on your looks to get it, yeah, you might have some self-esteem issues. Modesty has nothing to do with it.

      • DIrty Martini says:

        @Samtha….exactly. It’s as if her sense of self worth is tied up in her body and more pointedly to the continuous attention she brings to it. It’s as if she believe she has nothing else of value to offer……or she herself doesn’t value her other positive attributes. Given her regrettable family history, I am not surprised and yes i am a tad concerned for her.

  3. Nicole says:

    Aren’t they having to change her character on Modern Family as well?

  4. Lolad says:

    Meh she’s at that age where your new body is a lot if fun to show off because its Like a newfound superpower you can wield over half the population. And being in Hollywood, she probably deals with a lot of pressure to be thinner, so this might just be an act of defiance on some level.

    • QQ says:

      Exactly this! i was in her spot growing up too she might as well embrace her body and make the fashion mistakes now

    • Tiffany :) says:

      ” its Like a newfound superpower you can wield over half the population”

      So true!!! Ha! Well phrased.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      When I turned 18 a few years ago I definitely went into “Defiantly wear revealing things you never would have been allowed to wear by parents and teachers when you were 14” mode, and there were other girls who felt the same way. It’s forbidden fruit type of thing.

    • detritus says:

      She’s feeling herself and good for her. She’s practising being confident and sexual and she’s playing with her style. It just happens to be on a global scale because of who she is.

      It’s weird, because girls should have confidence, and be secure in their sexuality, but they shouldn’t experiment with clothing or be too sexual. People complaining that she’s thirsty… well damn. I will take booty out of the bottom of shorts over fake pregnancies, marrying a senior citizen, getting a new face every year, writing op-eds about how you never got a new face, talking about how your ex killed your vag, etc. I really wish there wasn’t this strange morality associated with the way you dress. It’s a bit showy but it is HARMLESS.

  5. aenflex says:

    Her body is awesome. Meh, even when I was young I wouldn’t have worn those teeny shorts. But she looks great. Kids these days…

  6. Lynnie says:

    I feel like tailoring would do much more for her, and her figure, than her current strategy lol.

    Besides Modern Family what else does she do? All this clapping back at her “haters” and outfit choices makes me feel like she’s angling for a body positivity persona a la Demi

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “what else does she do?”

      She’s also the lead character on a Disney animated series called Sofia the First. It is really popular and she has a lovely singing voice. I wonder what they think of all of this? Maybe since the character is animated they don’t care because kids don’t make the connection?

      • Lynnie says:

        That’s probably it. And I think they’ll continue not to care as long as their parents don’t make the connection either

    • AnnaKist says:

      Genuine question: Is this the girl who received so many congratulations for graduating from high school some months ago, and announced she was going to university/college? Has she deferred her studies? If it is the same girl, I thought she’d be scaling back and concentrating on her education for a while? It’s a bit disappointing to see her portraying herself like the K’s, but eh, she’s 18, and not doing anything very different to others her age in Hollywood. She’s a very attractive young woman, but I must be getting old, because all the starlets are starting to look the same to me… I love those white pants, but detest toe cleavage on anyone.

      • Lynnie says:

        I know for me my classes don’t start until the 29th, so it might be a similar situation for her. If she had deferred I feel like she would’ve dedicated an insta post to it or something lol

  7. Layla Beans says:

    This might just be a big F U to her estranged mother.

  8. Krista says:

    I wonder if everyone would be so concerned if she didn’t have such a shapely body? If she had Taylor or Selena’s body would people be clutching their pearls so?

    • justme says:

      I’m not “clutching” my pearls, but she looks like trash IMO. I don’t think anyone need to walk around with their butt hanging out.

      • amilu says:

        That outfit with the bathing suit(?) and shorts is something one of Kelly Bundy’s TRASHIER friends would’ve worn. I’m so disappointed with this girl’s trajectory. Instead of striving to be taken seriously as an actress and as a person, it looks like she’s just striving for Kartrashian shock value. Call it body positivity (and I think it was after she had her breast reduction), but at this point it looks like a desperate grab for publicity — ANY publicity. Outside of Modern Family (that show still comes on?!), she and Courtney Stodden are at the same level.

      • perplexed says:

        Kelly Bundy seems kind of wholesomely dressed compared to what we see nowadays.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        Krista’s point about pearl-clutching is definitely being proven with some of the comments. @amilu: Ariel has already shown that she’s striving to be taken seriously as a person by getting good grades, furthering her education, not making a Justin Bieber of herself yet, and using her platform as a public figure to promote equality in the same ways that Zendaya, Rowan Blanchard, Amandla Stenberg, Channing Tatum, and others have been doing. If people still see a women as trash/skanks (or whatever other misogynistic euphemisms for loose woman/bimbo people prefer to thrown in) that they can’t take seriously as a person just because they don’t conform to that person’s idea of classy/chaste/modest woman in the way they dress or live, it’s a problem with that person’s views, not with the woman for failing to play the ‘respectable female’ game in a way that’s more pleasing to the person being problematic.

    • Snowflake says:

      No i don’t think they would.

    • JustCrimmles says:

      @Krista I think you’re probably right.

    • TreadStyle says:

      @KRISTA I would say trashy clothes are trashy clothes no matter body size. I’ve seenSelena dress like this & she too looked trashy. It’s about a certain look and way of dressing, not body type here. I don’t want to see anyone’s butt small or big, but I see many when I’m at the grocery store, mall, ect. What really freaks me out is most of these girls look as young as 12-15. So young, it’s just uncomfortable. I don’t understand parents. But Ariel is of the age to dress however badly she wants so whatever.

      • swak says:

        As a grandparent of two 12- 15 year old girls, trying to find shorts that are an appropriate length is difficult. We, their parents and I, are constantly on “booty” watch to make sure their’s is not hanging out. Manufacturers need to make shorts more age appropriate – even if it’s just adding a couple inches (I’m not talking having to wear the shorts down to the knees).

    • Assf says:

      Exactly! she doesnt have the body to pull it off. Shes too stalky. Hence why it looks so baad. If she would choose better clothes shed look better…more attractive…etc

      • Krista says:

        That’s not my point at all..

      • eleri says:

        yeah for me there is a definitely a double standard around how i interpret bodies. if a woman is very curvy because of the way that the society reads women’s bodies, it is thought to be a sexual act to show it. or maybe it’s just me and i need to raise my consciousness because i truly am both sick of body policing and also sick to see young girls expose themselves in ways that i feel are dangerous. unfortunately we are not in a utopian world where bodies are neutral. women’s bodies are the site of so much violence and lust and i fear for women and i don’t want young women to pick up on that as a reason for moderating their behaviour. i dressed in a very revealing way when i was younger and it was extremely powerful for me and there were reasons i didn’t think i had access to power in other ways.

      • Krista says:

        Eleri- Bingo! I’m tried of listening to society decide who can wear what based on which bodies can “pull it off” or not. I feel similarly to you regarding the wear “what you want” mentality, but also wanting to shout “their’s more to you than your body!” to young women.
        In this instance, I feel strongly that the policing here today has very much to do with the amount of curves this girl has had from a young age and how uncomfortable it makes people that shes showing them off. The amount of skin she’s showing is no more than many many other starlets her age. But I haven’t seen the word TRASHY thrown around those boards with this much vigor.

      • perplexed says:

        Honestly, that outfit is really ugly. Even if Karlie Kloss the supermodel wore it, it would be pretty ugly. The swimsuit on top isn’t even a pretty color. Nothing about this outfit makes sense from a visually appealing standpoint (in the same way that nothing that Miayim Bialik wore on What Not to Wear made any sense visually, and she was pretty much covered up from head to toe).

        J-Lo has a “curvier” body type, but most of what she wears, even when we make fun of it because she doesn’t switch things up, still looks good compared to anything Ariel Winter has worn. This outfit above just looks straight-up ugly to me.

    • perplexed says:

      I’ve seen Taylor wear short shorts before, but I don’t know if they were this short.

      I don’t think even that tacky onesie she wore showed that much of her backside.

      Ariel Winter can do what she wants, but I wonder if it’s the combination of the cleavage with the backside that makes the outfit look so ugly. Usually people show one or the other, not both. If the outfit were actually attractive, people might be more likely to compliment her on it no matter what she’s showing (i.e Elizabeth Hurley’s cleavage Versace dress or whatever J-Lo wears on a daily basis).

    • detritus says:

      Nope, they wouldn’t.

      I don’t think she’s learned that you show cleavage OR legs OR tummy. Not all three.
      Also any form of lace up shirt is tacky. It’s ok. Understand your weaknesses. I really like sparkles, and I need to be told sometimes.

    • Assf says:

      So what about shows like what not to wear. Everyone loves that show. They constantly pick clothes for people to be more flattering. They dont just say everyone wear everything. Same thing here the clothes look ridiculous.

  9. JenniferJustice says:

    Hmmm.. I actually do think she’s pushing the pushing the envelope to garner cheers. Glad she feels good about herself, but her family’s problems are affecting her IMO. She may be “of age” but she’s still a woman-child who is lacking guidance and good role models.

  10. justme says:

    Sorry, but I think she looks trashy like a lot of other young woman I see. No one wants any to comment negatively on their body but they prance around half naked. I’m not with the PC crowd. If you post on social media for all the world to see, you’re going to get reactions you don’t like. Suck it up and deal with it instead of whining. And this “clapping back” nonsense is irritating. People spend way too much time posting pictures of themselves on social media.

    • Mel M says:

      Right??? So much time and energy put into posting the perfect selfie and if she was doing it for herself she would just keep the pics to herself instead of posting them for everyone to see. You don’t post stuff on social media and simply because you love yourself, you are looking for validation of others and wanting those likes. She’s fine to post whatever and dress however but don’t act like you aren’t motivated by the praise and likes you are getting. If I like my butt the only reason for me to post it on social media is so that other people can tell me how great it is.

      • justme says:

        Exactly. Women like Ariel are so desperate for attention, praise and validation and they are completely dishonest about their motivation. And never mind how much time and energy is put into the “perfect selfie.” I just don’t get it.

    • TreadStyle says:

      @JUSTME this 100%!!!! I’m so tired of the narcissism of selfies and then the whining of critiques. If you are posting your selfies bc you think you look good and that’s all that matters, you wouldn’t care… But really it’s the need for the compliments and validation. So w all these people, social media will not only consist of the people who love you (also to Taylor Swift blocking negative comments)! Also to the poster above about finding appropriate shorts to even buy for granddaughter: your absolutely right, it’s shameful that this is all that’s available to girls that young, it’s definitely a bigger problem.

      • sunny says:

        I just go to thrift stores and yard sales, usually I can find some more modest clothing for my girls. Failing that, I’d just buy pants and turn them into shorts. My daughters will not ever dress like this girl while they’re under my roof. People can call it body positivity or whatever they want, but it’s simply giving pervert creeper men a free show and a thrill. If that’s ok with you and you are ok with your kids doing that, that’s your choice but it isn’t for everyone. There is far more shame directed towards people who dress modestly than towards people like this girl so I really don’t see how it’s rebellious to dress in the same over revealing stuff everyone else is wearing.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        No matter how irritating the ‘anti-pc’ crowd finds it, women and feminists don’t have to, and won’t, silently just suck up whatever misogynistic thing people want to say about women. Just as you have the right to express sexist, prudish, and violence-promoting beliefs about women in public places like the internet (because slut-shaming promotes violence against women and girls), other people also have the right to criticize it. All the anti-pc whining about how free speech means “We should all be able to say these women are trash and sl*ts without these women defending themselves and other women and without anyone else having anything negative to say about it” is a much better example of entitlement and narcissism (lack of empathy for others is a narcissistic trait) than someone just taking pictures of themselves to further their career, and it also comes from the idea that women who people find ‘slutty’ are asking for whatever disrespect they get and should just suck it up.

  11. LuluPolly says:

    It’s her right to look tacky.

    • Snowflake says:

      I did the same thing at her age. And if anybody had told me I looked trashy, I would have done it even more. It’s her choice to dress how she wants

  12. shewolf says:

    Oh dear. I remember when I was 18 and I’m really super glad there was no social media to document what I wore. I went to university classes dressed not much better than that booty short outfit. What on earth was I thinking? Ariel on the other hand isn’t wearing those outfits to school so I think she’s got one up on me haha.

  13. JustCrimmles says:

    If I’d looked like that at her age (hell, if I looked like that now) I can’t say I wouldn’t be tempted to go full Lady Godiva in the middle of the street. You grow up getting only negative comments on your body/appearance, then becoming acceptable by society’s standards, it seems understandable she’d dress this way. It’s still seeking validation, even with the veneer of “I do it for me!” Well, You has increasingly bad taste. But, such is your right.

    That said, I kind of like both pantsuits. Perhaps a bit too boobylicious on top and the black pants look too close for comfort, but they aren’t that bad. Those shorts and that green monstrosity, however…

  14. manda says:

    I would never say this to her face, and I would figure out how to say it more diplomatically to my own daughter if I had to–but these outfits are so trashy looking. She’s a pretty girl but looks like a skank

  15. Isa says:

    She has a beautiful body but I agree the clothes are ugly with the exception of the white outfit.
    I’m glad she feels confident and happy. I wish I had appreciated my body when I was 18. I should have been walking around half naked. 😜

  16. paranormalgirl says:

    To my femspawn I would say “can you put those away, please? No one needs to see them.” But Ariel Winter is not my kid, so whatever.

  17. Frey says:

    You can have the best body in the world, but the insecurity she projects is so bad, it’s painful to read of. She should be focused on more important shit. I’m glad I didn’t go through this phase as a teen.

    I’m out.

  18. Pansy says:

    It’s startling for sure. You can have body positivity and still cover that #%^* up. Those shorts? With obviously little to no underwear? They don’t need to sit down anywhere in public, for her sake or for the people coming behind her’s sake.
    It’s her right, but it doesn’t project a good image. Which some people don’t care about, I get, but I want my girls to be respected for their drive and intelligence and personality, not their body parts. Old-school, maybe, but whatevs.

    • me says:

      Yeah I don’t get why in order for you to “love your body” you have to walk around half naked. It’s ridiculous.

  19. Aren says:

    Ariel, you’re very wrong dear, Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have a butt.

  20. Dani says:

    I really like the black outfit and think she looks great, but that body suit and those shorts are a major no. Especially with loubs?? Like it just screams I’m trashy but trying to be classy.

  21. Anahit says:

    Maybe the reason she has an affinity with the Kardashian aesthetic is because growing up they kind of look similar? As in both petite, curvy and not 100% Anglo-Saxon (I think Ariel is half Greek). Growing up in that industry, perhaps you look for someone similar and the whole thing imprints onto your style. The thing is, the Kardashians are quite “covered up” in candids (coats in August, long gym wear, etc) and only really let loose on social media or on designated pap strolls where the angles and skin showing can be manipulated to look a certain way or unflattering pics bought off. Whereas Ariel is just doing day to day things in Kardashian-esque outfits.

  22. lars says:

    she got a real nice butt , I love to have her in bed for same good time

    • sunny says:

      Here’s a good example of what I was trying to say! Why would someone want men (or anyone) to look at them and think this? How degrading and dehumanizing. It reduces you to a body for creeps to ogle and say crude and disgusting things about. Maybe that’s what she wants, who knows. It’s her life and choices but she shouldn’t be astonished if people come to unflattering and unpleasant conclusions about her based on this. Not saying it’s right or fair but life is neither.

      How does a comment like this get posted but mine don’t?

  23. me says:

    I just find it interesting that she wasn’t wearing these types of clothes until she lost weight and got a breast reduction.

  24. Erica_V says:

    I don’t think it’s body shaming to say I’m sick of seeing the butt cheeks of strangers.

  25. poppy says:

    one day in the future she will look back with embarrassment on all those outfits except the white pants/vest.

    glad my own coming of age/independence was not possible to document because i too was young and stupid. from the hair to the clothes -total embarrassment after the fact. at least limited to in person, not the masses, not interwebz forever *thanks god*

  26. Caitiecait says:

    I think the lace top and the booty shorts make her look fat because of the way both are cut. She isn’t fat at all, but that is one unflattering outfit.

    She’s 18 and she can do whatever she wants, but I do think posting selfies to any social media is about external validation. I think Ariel and other celebrities get ragged on for this because they are more visible, but everyone with a social media account who posts pictures/writes posts is looking for validation whether it comes from friends or strangers.

  27. I Choose Me says:

    Hm, I get feeling yourself and wanting to feel sexy but the constant posting to social media does suggest she’s doing it in order to feel validated. The problem with making such photos public is that you’re not always going to get the positive comments you crave.

    Still it’s her body and I’m not going to tell her to put it away. I’m just going to scroll past or ignore the way I do for anyone male or female, young or old, who’s insecure and jonesing hard for attention.

  28. Amanda DG says:

    She can do what she wants, but she’s doing it wrong IMO. She looks trashy and try-hard. She used to be sexy, but in a classy way. Your ass and tits don’t have to be out to be sexy!

  29. TyrantDestroyed says:

    Meh, is her body and her right and choice to dress however she wants. If I’d had her body at her age I think I would had dress the same.

  30. Jezza says:

    You do you, ariel, but you’re now courting the attention you sough to avoid with the breast reduction. Just saying.

  31. Reece says:

    All I think of when I see ANYONE in shorts that short are germs and bacteria! And creepy crawlies with easy access. I mean is there someone with a pad or something for her to sit on?

    ETA: That said I do like the other two outfits, minus the cut of the tops.

  32. Trixie says:

    Ariel has every right to wear what she wants. And I have every right to think her clothes look ugly. Except the white pant/vest combo – that’s pretty.