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Ariel Winter rose to fame as overachieving middle child Alex Dunphy on ABC sitcom Modern Family and has since come into her own as a prominent face on social media. Recently, she has become a prime target of the paparazzi and been the victim of body shaming in the tabloids.

Despite being ridiculed, has consistently championed body positivity and proven that she's unafraid to push the envelope when it comes to personal style. Winter often posts a plethora of pictures to Instagram, showcasing her flare for fashion while promoting self-confidence.

Although she's not shy about posing for photos on the red carpet or posting pictures to social media, Winter does not appreciate when the paparazzi takes pictures of her during her downtime. Recently, she snapped back at the paps, giving them a piece of her mind via Instagram.

Ariel Winter Strikes Out At Paparazzi Online

Winter posted a picture of herself and her boyfriend, actor Levi Meaden, taken as the twosome exited a grocery store. This illustrates one of several occasions when Winter and Meaden have been followed by the paparazzi while running errands, and when the pictures surface online, they are usually followed with a harsh critique of Winter’s appearance and dress sense.

Instead of waiting for the tabloids to attack her, Winter jumped ahead of the headlines, criticizing the paps for snapping away and invading her privacy. In the Instagram post, she comments on how annoyed her boyfriend was that they were being followed, and questions the point of snappers infringing on her privacy:

What headline are you getting with this????? 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.

The 19-year-old actress is 100 percent correct, but sadly, the paparazzi has been taking candid pictures of celebrities for decades, and it has become a part of our popular culture. People in the comments section of Winter’s post were unsympathetic to her gripe, claiming it’s the price one pays for being famous.

In Winter’s defense, claiming that being followed and harassed is her fault because she is famous is a ludicrous notion. This belief only serves to dehumanize celebrities. Regardless of someone's status, everyone deserves the right to privacy, and most people would be outraged if someone randomly starting snapping pictures of them going about their day.

Hopefully, the paparazzi will back off Winter in the future, but given that people seem interested in every facet of the starlet’s life right now, it’s unlikely that will happen any time soon.

Sound off! Do you think Ariel Winter is right for chastising the paparazzi? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.


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