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Ariel Winter on overcoming ‘depression’ from body shaming

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It took nearly a decade to get here, but Ariel Winter is finally living her best life, a life she’s living by her standards.

The actress has essentially grown up before our very eyes, having been cast in “Modern Family” when she was just 11 years old. Now 21, Ariel is opening up about the body shaming she endured over the years and how it affected her self esteem.

© CraSH/imageSPACE/Shutterstock Ariel Winter attends the Walt Disney Emmy Awards after party in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2019.
“I’ve faced body shaming and cyber bullies for about seven or eight years now that I’ve been in the spotlight,” she told Shape. “At 11 years old, I started working on the show and I was super flat and had no curves and was getting hate for that. Then overnight, my body changed and I was this curvy woman. I didn’t know how to navigate that and got so much hate for it. It was really hurtful, and I struggled a lot.”

Because of the comments, Ariel began trying to please her critics.

“I tried to crash diet to lose weight to try to fit the standard of what I thought everyone wanted me to look like, and it just never worked — I wasn’t making anyone else happier, and I wasn’t making myself any happier,” Ariel said. “It led to a lot of depression and anxiety. But now I’m at the point where I’ve stopped reading Instagram comments. I do what I want, I post what I want, and I say what I want. I don’t focus on pleasing anyone else but myself.”

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