Actress Ariel Winter has spoken publicly about her desire to dress the way she likes, her confidence in her own body, and her disinterest in critics of her personal style. But one person related to the 19-year-old Modern Family star is still interested in weighing in on it.
In an interview with In Touch, Winter’s estranged mother, Crystal Workman, shared her thoughts on her daughter’s tendency to gravitate toward bold styles.
“She needs to grow up. 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,” Workman said. “Ariel is smart, beautiful and talented. She is a legitimate actress. She does not need to do this. She is beautiful with her clothes on.”
Many deemed a tweet by Winter to be a response to her estranged mother’s remarks.
“What’s sad is that you lie consistently. Also, why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press? I’m doing just fine. Toxic,” Winter wrote on the platform.
What’s sad is that you lie consistently. Also, why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press? I’m doing just fine. ????Toxic.
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) June 7, 2017
The two do not have a relationship; Winter was legally emancipated from Workman in 2015 after a long court battle, in which a number of physical and emotional abuse allegations surfaced.
Workman’s thoughts on Winter’s personal style come in direct opposition to the way Winter presents herself and the open conversations she maintains with her fanbase about body confidence and positivity. She often maintains that she’ll dress the way she wants to — regardless of feedback.
“I’m definitely a makeup at the beach person, and I don’t care if people think I look ridiculous — it’s my beach day!” Winter recently told Refinery29. “Whether I want to go natural or with makeup or in sweatpants, that’s up to me. People are so stressed out about how they’re going to look in their bathing suits that they forget to go to the beach because they want to go to the beach, which defeats the whole purpose. The beach should be a safe space.”
“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,” Winter 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.”
Winter often posts images of herself in revealing looks on her Instagram channel, which draws mixed feedback from her 3.4 million followers.
The criticism she faces for her wardrobe choices in sharp and pointed. In one instance, after wearing a mini-dress to a Modern Family event to which the rest of the cast was dressed casually, Winter felt the need to speak out against the vitriol she faced.
She took to Instagram to question why those insulting her even cared about how she chose to present herself.
“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? Why can’t people just let other people feel good about themselves and do what they want?” she wrote in the post. “WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT PEOPLE! 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.”
The statement made by Winter’s mother seems like just another moment in which Ariel Winter’s outward appearance was unfairly questioned. Only this time, the outcry came from a member of her own family.
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