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Ariel Winter Says Cruel Comments Inspired Her

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"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter said that cruel internet comments trashing her appearance only inspired her to dress how she wants.

Her journey to self acceptance was arduous, as she would receive nasty comments about her figure from the age of 12, according to Us Weekly.

"I was completely flat and would get ridiculed for that," she said.

As she grew older, she began developing curves -- which only fueled the fire for some internet trolls.

"I started trying to dress for my body and was called a slut or a fat hooker," she said. "It got even worse as I was turning 13, 14, 15. It really took so much of my self-esteem."

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For years, she struggled with her responses to the overwhelming amount of hate. In the end, she decided to remain positive and restrain herself from lashing out at some of the nastier commenters.

"It’s difficult to not write something sassy, but I feel better when I write something positive,” she said. “Maybe they’ll not write something hurtful next time."

In 2015, she underwent surgery to reduce her size 34F chest to relieve some of the back pain that comes with a large bust. That decision -- which was also partly due to her own insecurities about her body -- only led to even more hate. But as Winter analyzed the remarks, she realized that she should embrace her body no matter what anyone says.

"The only person that matters is yourself,” she said. “If you’re happy, if you’re confident, that’s all that matters."

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Now, at age 19, the star has no problem showing off her figure, posting sultry Instagram photos or dominating the red carpet in curve-hugging outfits.

"I went through a lot of hate online, so I tried to change myself for a really long time. But people just kept hating on me no matter what I did," she told Refinery29. "I decided that instead of pleasing these other people, I’ll just spend that time pleasing myself. Those people are going to be rude to me regardless of what I do, so I should just try and be happy with what I am."

To Winter, body confidence is important now more than ever. She believes that the newest U.S. leader, President Donald Trump, will only further a culture that tolerates body shaming and misogyny.

"Our leadership is really anti-women right now," she said. "Thanks to Donald Trump, we’re being objectified and made to feel bad about ourselves, so I think it’s really important for women to stick together and do the opposite of that; to let their bodies be seen and be heard, and to empower each other; to remind each other that what they look like is not the only thing that’s important when it comes to who they are."

Sources: Us Weekly, Refinery29 / Featured Image: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr / Embedded Images: voicechasers/Flickr, Disney / ABC Television Group/Flickr

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