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Ariel Winter Gushes Over ‘Role Model’ Sofia Vergara: She Made Me ‘Proud’ Of My Body

Wed, October 19, 2016 9:45am EDT by 1 Comment

Ariel Winter has been targeted by trolls and body shamers over her ultra-curvy body. But she’s always had support from her ‘Modern Family’ co-star, Sofia Vergara, she said! Sofia’s her curvy ally!

From the moment she reached puberty, Ariel Winter, 18, has been ridiculed online by horrible body shamers and gross dudes about the size of her chest. But through the support of some incredible women in her life, Ariel has been able to take it all in stride, she said in a new interview. One of those “amazing women” is Sofia Vergara, 44, who plays her aunt Gloria on Modern Family.

“Over the years, I had some really great role models. I worked with Sofía Vergara since I was a young girl and she helped me navigate being a curvy woman and being proud of it,” Ariel told Refinery29. “My sister was always confident in herself, too, and I always aspired to be like that.

“Through a lot of amazing women, I definitely started to change my opinion. I started to tell myself, ‘Well, it didn’t work to change yourself into what they wanted, because at the end of the day people are gonna say what they want regardless. I should just be what makes me happy, and that’s it.'”

Good for her! It’s wonderful that she had such a positive role model in her life from childhood, especially someone she sees nearly every day. Her TV family became her real family! Sofia is  totally envied for her body. It’s weird and unfair that Ariel is so mistreated for the same thing that Sofia is celebrated for, and Sofia is helping her navigating that. This is especially important, because Ariel said she didn’t have that positive influence at home. Ariel lives with her sister due to a bad situation at home with her mother. Another person who helped her become more confident? Herself!

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“I wasn’t raised with a lot of the support and love that I find all women should be raised with, to love themselves, so it was harder for me,” Ariel said in the interview. “But I definitely had outside role models who were incredibly helpful. I learned a lot of things on my own, and I took care of myself. I worked on myself in therapy and out of therapy. I worked to make myself feel comfortable in my own skin.”

HollywoodLifers, how should body shamers be stopped? Tell us in the comments!