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Modern Family star Ariel Winter recounts being called ‘fat slut’ by some fans when she was 13

Modern family star Ariel Winter reflected on being fat-shamed by some fans of the series.

Winter portrayed Alex Dunphy in 11 seasons of the hit sitcom, which ran from 2009 to 2020. She started the role when she was 11 years old.

According to the report of ET Canada, Winter discussed being fat-shamed by fans on the upcoming episode of The Red Table Talk: The Estefans.

“I was called a fat slut when I was 13 years old. That was brutal,” she said. “Because I gained weight and my body changed, I had to wear different outfits and I wore a skirt with a cut here.

“And dark headlines. The fat slut was rough on me, and it continues. ”

The 23-year-old added: “It’s the fans, some of them. We have lovely, likable fans, but some of them are just as hard on me as they love Alex Dunphy. And since I’m not Alex Dunphy and I don’t look like Alex, I don’t want to dress like Alex. I’m just different. I am not my character”.

She recalls fans asking: “How did you go from Alex Dunphy to a whore? You’re trying to be sexy, you 13. You’re a terrible role model. What are you showing people? You looked so fat on TV, now you look so fat.”

Winter explained that her weight gain in high school was due to her taking antidepressants.

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“I gained 30 pounds (14kg). Going to school is difficult. It’s very rough online,” she said. “My Instagram is full of comments, full of comments. And then I said, ‘They hate this about me, I need to work on it.’

Last year, Winter shared a series of photos from Modern familyThe ultimate wrap party in Los Angeles, in which she wore a mini dress with sheer cutouts at the waist and skirt.

Some online trolls have criticized Winter’s outfit choice, calling it too revealing.

Winter Modern family costar Sarah Hyland (who plays Haley Dunphy’s sister) defends the actor on Instagram.

“She is a sexy and confident woman,” Hyland wrote. “Everyone who is making negative comments about my sister can support it because I WILL NOT tolerate it.”

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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/ariel-winter-fat-shamed-modern-family-b1972781.html Modern Family star Ariel Winter recounts being called ‘fat slut’ by some fans when she was 13

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