Image: Instagram (@arielwinter).
Nothing out of sorts here, but that didn’t stop some people leaving some hateful remarks, telling Winter her “provocative” attire meant she was “asking for it”. Sigh.
Instead of letting the clearly unacceptable and outdated comments get her down, Winter chose to exhibit her maturity with powerful response on Instagram.
“Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl’s skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m ‘asking for it’,” she wrote.
(Watch Meaghan Ramsey talk to Mia Freedman about the effects of low self-esteem. Post continues after video.)
“I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school… 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. Celebrate you and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together.”
(The “controversial” bikini picture. Post continues after gallery.)