Ariel Winter Fires Back After Complaints About Her Revealing Dress At ‘Modern Family’ Screening

The cast of “Modern Family” gathered for a special screening of the show’s season-eight finale on Thursday. Instead of generating discussion about the show, however, the only thing that many people wanted to talk about was the skimpy, ultra-glam dress worn by star Ariel Winter.

Winter, 19, plays middle Dunphy child Alex on the ABC sitcom, and raised eyebrows with her sexy mini-dress, featuring see-through cutouts revealing her cleavage and portions of her hips.

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Winters’ dress certainly made her stand out in photos, compared to the far-more-casual attire favoured by the rest of the cast.

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Following the event, numerous people on social media took Winter to task for her outfit, some stating she stood out like a sore thumb when posing with the rest of the cast, others making far nastier comments about her attire.

This led Winter to fire back in a scathing Instagram post, telling critics of her clothing to stop focusing on what she’s wearing.

“Why TF does anyone care that I didn’t dress casual like everyone else for the panel? Why do I have to be like everyone else?” she wrote.

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“Why can’t people just let other people feel good about themselves and do what they want?” she continued. “WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT PEOPLE!”

She concluded: “As long as you feel good about yourself that’s what matters. I know I did. Don’t ever let anyone stifle who you are and how you express yourself. Rant over :)”


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Winter continues to exude confidence and express herself freely, rocking a low neckline romper and glittery gold Mickey Mouse ears at Disneyland. The actress spent Thursday, May 4 at The Happiest Place on Earth with her boyfriend Levi Meaden and his family.

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Her appearance at the “Modern Family” screening isn’t the first time that Winter has been criticized for wearing revealing outfits, which her TV mom Julie Bowen (who plays Claire Dunphy) addressed during Thursday’s event in an interview with ET.

“I’m always like, ‘Why are you showing so much of your body?’ and then she’s like, ‘Why not?’” Bowen told ET. “She knows exactly who she is. She knows exactly, and I’ve watched so much negativity bounce right off her, and I’m like ‘Let me learn from you.’”

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