Ariel Winter Continues Her Campaign for Body Positivity Amid Graduation Dress Backlash

The 'Modern Family' actress won't be shamed for embracing her body.

Ariel Winter Continues Her Campaign for Body Positivity Amid Graduation Dress Backlash
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Modern Family actress Ariel Winter has no time for body-shamers.

The 18-year-old, who plays Alex Dunphy in the hit ABC show, received hefty backlash after posting a picture of her graduation party to Instagram. In the picture, Winter can be seen rocking a pink bandage dress with a cut-out revealing the underside of her breasts.

Couldn't be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night...the amount of love and support they've shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything...❤️ Thank you so much. I couldn't be luckier or more grateful. I was in awe last night and I still am that you guys love me that much to do all of that for me...I never would be where I am today without you two...you guys saved me and taught me to be the person I am today. Dad...I love you!!! Thank you for always being there to support and love me as well and always put a smile on my face no matter what :). I'm so grateful for the bond we now share. Alenah the song you put together with Shanelle and recorded for me was one of the most special gifts I've ever received. I'm still tearing up thinking about it. Thank you for that and for your beautiful, special performance. Also a big thank you so much to Geraldine for putting it all together and to @contemporarycatering @robpauerful for the most amazing food! A special thank you as well to Sharon who is probably the biggest reason I was able to get through high school and accepted into college...you pushed me to always do my best and encouraged me...not to mention you were always there for my 1am freak outs about late projects :) Anddddd thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing family members and friends that flew in to celebrate with us- you guys are the absolute best. Thank you also to the ones who didn't have to fly in...so much love was felt all around last night. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! Class of 2016...❤️ #uclabound

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While the post was meant to document a meaningful event in the teen's life, fans were quick to criticize what they considered overly revealing attire.

Winter, however, was not having it:

So, in an ongoing campaign to prove that clothing doesn't define character, Winter has continued to post photos of the body she works hard for:

I have a Burt shirt and you don't #throwinshade

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Only a little crazy, baby 💋

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In August, the actress went public with her decision to undergo breast reduction surgery, telling Glamour it was difficult to live a normal life as 32F:

"I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts]," she told the site. "How do you navigate that?"

The 5 ft., 1 in. bombshell went from that 32F to a 34D, and has since embraced her body in a way she felt she never could prior.

It can be incredibly hard to love yourself in a world constantly telling you to change, to conform, and to slim, so naturally there's only one appropriate response to Winter's body love:

Ariel Winter Continues Her Campaign for Body Positivity Amid Graduation Dress Backlash
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