Five years after being emancipated from her mother, Ariel Winter has engaged in another round of heated discourse with mom, Chrisoula Workman. At just 14-years-old, TMZ reported that Winter had been removed from her home following allegations of physical and emotional abuse caused by Workman. Reports describe that the Modern Family star had been slapped, hit and pushed on several occasions.
According to the guardianship petition, this abuse also took the form of “vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time.”
I am now officially emancipated!!! I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life… http://t.co/lJtlpGoEYc— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) May 15, 2015
Now, five years later, Ariel’s estranged mother has taken to the tabloids to publicly discuss her daughter’s proclivity for showing skin. After denying the multitide of abuse allegations made against her, Workman told In Touch:
“She needs to grow up. I would tell her to dress properly, be the beautiful person she is. I feel sad that she feels the need to expose herself when it’s not necessary.“ Workman, proceeding to lay it on thick, adds that she believes "Ariel is smart, beautiful and talented. She is a legitimate actress. She does not need to do this. She is beautiful with her clothes on.”
That same day, Winter took to Twitter to retort, dubbing her mother “toxic.”
What’s sad is that you lie consistently. Also, why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press? I’m doing just fine. 🚫Toxic.— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) June 7, 2017
Winter’s attitude toward body positivity and self-expression is something we’ve long-apprciated at Playboy. In fact, we recently spoke with the Modern Family star and Burt Reynolds about their new film Dog Years. As if foreshadowing the event, Winter told Playboy, “Parents want you to have your dress down to your ankles and never say anything wrong, and I think that’s the wrong image for people. That’s the wrong idea of role model.”
This could explain why, following the targeted tweet, Winter posted this rather liberal image to Instagram.
Winter also told Playboy that she doesn’t regard her past mistakes–scantily clad or otherwise–as harmful. Instead, they’ve evolved to become life lessons. “The choices we make define us and I think even the mistakes we’ve made are part of our lives and you shouldn’t regret things. I’ve done a lot of things I’m proud of and I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, but I don’t regret any of them.“
Regardless, Winter made her point when she said, "Why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press?” Calling out her mom for her obvious attempt to leach off of her daughter’s remarkable ability to make headlines and fans as one of the most influential celebrities regarding body-positivity, a progressive platform she shares with Ashley Graham.
If you’re unfamilar with Ariel Winter’s scintilating social media presence, let some of her more recent images serve as a lesson that bodies of all shapes and sizes should be considered in the inherently biased, members-only club of Hollywood.