Modern Family star Ariel Winter hasn’t had the easiest go of things when it comes to her relationship with her mother. She has publicly stated that her childhood was very rough without a lot of support, and was eventually removed from her mother’s care due to reports that Ariel had suffered years of verbal and physical abuse in the home. The actress hasn’t spoken to her mother in more than three years, and when you look at how the matriarch has acted towards her daughter it isn’t a surprise that the actress wants to put some distance between them. The latest development in their contentious relationship involves a pretty appalling display of public body shaming by an adult.
After her much-docuemented and discussed (for good and bad) breast reduction surgery, Winter has become a much more confident person in the public eye. She even refused to apologize for wearing a stunning dress to the SAG Awards that showed a glimpse of her surgery scars. This confidence has led to a string of flattering and slightly revealing Instagram photos in fashionable bikinis and dresses. Ariel seems to have a newfound lease on her youth after suffering for so long with unbearable pain, so it only makes sense that she would act like any other young adult in the public eye (or any other young adult, period) and flaunt her looks a little bit on social media. Because what good is a business meeting without a picture of you in the car beforehand in a low-cut dress?
The spate of pictures, however flattering their are for Winter, has also brought her awful-seeming mother out of the woodwork again. Her latest comments, as told by BroBible, are abhorrent for anybody to say in regards to anybody else, but for a mother to voice these opinions about a daughter is pretty awful.
“I’m sorry, I just think this is inappropriate, She should never be embarrassed of her scars but she shouldn’t be flaunting them.”
“I didn’t start this battle. I haven’t seen her in three and a half years. I don’t know why she is bringing this up. I think Ariel is conjuring up stories to help her career at my expense and I feel as a parent I am being bullied.”
It might be different if Ariel was still a 15-year old who had just recently been emancipated from her family, but she is a grown woman who has been handling her career just fine without her mom’s input for a while now. Her confident posts are not overly revealing (nor should it be looked down upon if they were) but a few photos that show off how happy she is now that she is comfortable in her body. It might not be a surprise that her mother has a problem with it, but hopefully people other than her can see the photos for what they really are – harmless posts that a million other young adults are putting on social media as well.