Over the past year, Modern Family star Ariel Winter has stepped up as an awesome role model for young women. After undergoing a breast reduction in January, the star has since proudly shown off her scars and hit back at body shamers, empowering other young women in the process. And now, after all that the 18-year-old (yes, she did all of that at the age of 18!!) has taken part in an amazing photoshoot for Cosmopolitan to take a stand against bullying.
Posing as famous mean girls of the big and small screens including Regina George (Mean Girls), Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) and Amber Mariens (Clueless), Ariel spoke to Cosmopolitan about bullying, and how there's simply no need to be cruel to others.
Speaking to Cosmo, Winter said:
"Being mean to people is not cool. And why I found it so awesome to do this shoot and play these characters is that I'm right now trying to speak out against bullying and people tearing others down, and I love that I got to play these characters and trump them in a sense. I got to overtake them. What they do is not right — and I'm above it."
And Winter isn't all talk about rising above bullies. Most recently, the teen leaped to the defense of Kim Kardashian after the reality TV star posted a nude selfie on Instagram.
Winter then went on to talk about the type of role models she had when she was younger, especially touching on the fact that there didn't seem to be enough who were comfortable in their own skin:
"When I was younger, we didn't have a lot of role models that were not Regina George–like. We didn't have a lot of super-nice women who were just OK being themselves — didn't have to dress in designer clothes, didn't have to bleach blonde their hair, didn't have to limit themselves at every meal. That promoted a lot of insecurity. People love her so much because they're like, ‘Wow, I wish I could be like her.’ … It's just disappointing that that's what they consider a perfect girl."
I don't know about you, but her assessment on the role model situation seems pretty spot on, which makes her dedication to being outspoken on body issues so, so important for many young women.
Take a look at Ariel playing the part of famous mean girls below:
Do you think Ariel Winter is one of the best role models for young girls?