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Ariel Winter shorts tweet
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... but when a curt "Yes people, I live in shorts. Who cares?" tweet didn't work, she uploaded a full-blown rant that slammed anyone who thinks it's OK to call her a "whore" for trying to "squeeze" into standard summertime attire.

Ariel Winter Twitter rant short-shorts
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"Pretty annoyed about the focus on the fact that I wear shorts, and the commentary that I'm 'squeezing' into them or the idea that it's not okay for me to wear shorts," Winter began. "It's SUMMER. Get over it. It's hot, I'm obviously going to wear minimal clothes."


"I'm not going to suffer in a turtleneck to please anyone. I'm not a whore because I wear shorts and tank tops."


"I'm a normal girl," she continued. "Also, I'm not 'squeezing' into anything. My shorts fit me and everything I'm doing is just fine. Please leave young women alone. We're just living our lives. It's really troubling that we even have to deal with this kind of stuff nowadays. Please stop criticizing everything everyone does!" 

3. When she epically called out the paparazzi for taking photos used to slut-shame her.

Ariel Winter boyfriend
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Winter isn't oblivious to the paparazzi's sneaky tactics. She knows most photographers aim to capture her at unflattering angles so trolls can use the photos to mock her "revealing" clothing and "inappropriate" appearance. 

After the paparazzi went out of their way to catch Winter leaving the supermarket with her "much-older boyfriend," Levi Meaden, she decided to put the paps on blast.
Ariel Winter
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

"What headline are you getting with this?" Winter demanded, slamming the paparazzi on Instagram. "Over and over! 'Ariel in SLUTTY SHORTS & live-in lover Levi.' Like OK, can we just live and not be followed?" 

"Take pics on red carpets where we sign up for that, not when we're just trying to grocery shop for fucks sake," she added.

(Bella Thorne, another young celebrity who is frequently slut-shamed for her appearance, showed her support in Winter's comments.)

4. When she refused to be pitted against other female celebrities.

Ariel WInter Ariana Grande
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When a jerk decided to compliment Winter's body at the expense of singer Ariana Grande, Winter quickly reposted Grande's statement that called out the sexist comparison.

"Tweets, comments, statements like this are not okay about anyone," Grande wrote in a message that she uploaded onto Instagram. "We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are."

"Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing, and body-shaming. Talking about people's body's [sic] as if they're on display asking for your approval/opinion."

Ariel Winter Ariana Grande
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

"Thank you Ariana Grande for posting this," Winter added. "I love the message you're putting out there."

"I believe in EMPOWERING other women and not putting them down."

5. When she called out a male Vine star for viciously mocking women.

Ariel Winter Nash Grier
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In 2013, Vine star Nash Grier uploaded a video onto YouTube to instruct women about what men find "attractive." He bashed women with body hair and showed his disgust over female "peach fuzz."

His unwarranted commentary did not sit well with Winter.

"You made a completely misogynistic video telling all young women what we have to do to get your attention," Winter called Grier out in a scathing Instagram post. "In a time when women are fighting for beauty to not be defined by anyone, especially a man, you, a member of my generation, proved your ignorance."

6. When she defended Kim Kardashian's decision to post a nude selfie on social media.

Last year, Kim Kardashian caused an internet uproar after she posted a nude photo (with two strategically placed black bars) onto social media.

Kim Kardashian nude selfies
photo: Instagram

Many people criticized Kardashian for exposing her body to the world, blasting her for being a "slutty mom" who "failed to think about her children" when she made the decision to celebrate her figure.

But Winter publicly supported Kardashian's choice to do whatever TF she wants with her own body.

Ariel Winter Kim Kardashian nude selfies
photo: Twitter

"I think everyone, men and women, should have the right to choose what they do with their bodies — and not be criticized," Winter noted.

7. When she slammed Chloë Grace Moretz for slut-shaming Kim Kardashian.

Ariel Winter Chloe Grace Moretz
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

Winter's support for Kardashian's nude selfie didn't end with a simple tweet. 

When Winter caught word that actress Chloë Grace Moretz had bashed Kardashian's "inappropriate" photo, Winter issued a classy statement to explain why Moretz was wrong.

"If you take a photo in which you feel CONFIDENT about yourself and think it spreads a positive image, then GO FOR IT," Winter insisted. 

"No picture is the exception to someone else's rule."

8. When she stood up to bullies for her #SpeakBeautiful campaign with Dove.

Ariel WInter
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

In October, Winter joined Dove to promote the #SpeakBeautiful campaign, which aims to shut down slut-shaming, body-shaming, and other incredibly damaging talk. 

"To those who attack me with body-shaming comments, your words are a reflection of what’s inside you, not me. #SpeakBeautiful," the actress wrote on Instagram. "The bullies I encounter online give me the chance to reaffirm to myself, and [to] you guys, the importance of self-acceptance. I want to help girls realize that words and other people cannot define your beauty; that’s why I’m partnering with the @Dove Self-Esteem Project."

"It has a huge impact on girls’ confidence," Winter continued, adding the hashtags #EmbraceYourCurves, #EffYourBeautyStandards, and #BodyPositive. "Let’s transform social media into a place where girls feel supported and empowered. Isn’t it time we stopped this negativity?"

9. When she publicly condemned her own mother for putting down her lifestyle.

Winter finalized her emancipation from her mother, Chrisoula Workman, in 2015. But that has't stopped Winter's mother from bashing her for "exposing" her body.

"She needs to grow up," Workman told In Touch Weekly. "I would tell her to dress properly, be the beautiful person she is. I feel sad that she feels the need to expose herself when it's not necessary."

Ariel Winter mom fight
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

Winter took issue with her mother's criticism. Her mother's plea to "dress properly" gives into a sexist double standard — and especially given their strained relationship, it's not Workman's place to tell Winter what or what not to wear.

Ariel Winter relationship with Mom
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"What's sad is that you lie consistently," Winter retorted with a tweet. "Also, why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press? I'm doing just fine. Toxic."

10. When she reminded women that they're allowed to wear WHATEVER length of skirt, no judgement.

Ariel Winter slut shamers
photo: Instagram/@arielwinter

On Instagram, Winter shared this graphic that illustrates the often-ignored fact that skirt length does *not* correlate with how "sexually available" a person is. She added the hashtag #yourbodyisYOURS to further emphasize the point. 

11. When she showed a little underboob at her high school graduation party and gave zero fucks.

Ariel Winter slut shamers pink graduation dress
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When Winter graduated from high school last May, she celebrated by wearing what she wanted: a peach-colored bodycon dress with underboob cutouts. 

Unsurprisingly, shocked fans had a lot to say about her outfit choice, calling her dress "skanky" and "tasteless." But she brushed off the slut-shaming comments.

"Oh my God, I got so much flak for this dress for my graduation," Winter recalled to People. "I had a great time at my graduation party and everyone at my party loved my dress, so, 'Whatever hater!' Who doesn't love a little underboob?"

"If you like your underboob, show your underboob," she added.

(Thanks to Winter, we maaay have just found our new favorite motto.)