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In 2015, “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter was emancipated from her mother after accusing her of being physically and emotionally abusive.
In fact, before her emancipation, TMZ reported that the entire cast and crew of Emmy Award-winning show disliked Winter’s mother, Chrystal Workman:
Chrystal would sit on set and watch Ariel like a hawk — and then berate her for her physical appearance, saying her ears were too big and she looked ugly in her clothes. She also blocked Ariel from eating anything but egg whites and raw veggies.
[…] the mom’s obsession with Ariel’s diet was so extreme … crew members contrived a plan to “sneak” the 14-year-old food (like grilled cheese sandwiches) when her mom wasn’t looking.
Since then, Winter underwent breast reduction surgery, and has been vocal about her body positivity — which entails never apologizing for her body. She previously told E! News that she’s received criticism on her physique since she was just a girl:
“I was bullied for being super flat and super skinny when I was 11 years old and then I turned 12 and I suddenly was curvy and had this bigger body that I wasn’t prepared to deal with yet, but I was super excited because when I was younger, I’d always wanted boobs and I wanted a butt.
Unfortunately, photos came out of me on the Internet after my body had kind of blossomed and people were really hating on me for it. I got a lot of comments like ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re a slut … it was a lot coming from people I didn’t know at such a young age.”
And she’s made it her mission to make sure no other girls grow up with so much body shaming:
But suffice it to say, Winter hasn’t been shy when it comes to showing off how proud she is of her womanly figure.
But now, she’s being called out by the one person she claims body shamed her the most — her mother.
Chrystal recently spoke to InTouch Weekly and said that her daughter needs to cover up:
“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. 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.”
And when asked whether she abused or “sexualized” Winter like the emancipation case alleged, she denied it, saying:
“I would not do that.”
According to Dr. Leslie Sim, clinical director of the Mayo Clinic’s eating disorders program and a child psychologist, the number one cause of body issues for young girls is their mothers. She told USA Today:
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“Moms are probably the most important influence on a daughter’s body image. Even if a mom says to the daughter, ‘You look so beautiful, but I’m so fat,’ it can be detrimental.”
In fact, she recommended that mothers never mention weight or dieting in front of their daughters, ever:
“Zero talk about dieting, zero talk about weight. Zero comments not only about your daughter’s weight, obviously, but zero talk about your weight and even other people’s weight.”
Although Winter has become a significant positive body-image advocate, and it’s clear that her own mother’s effect on her self-worth might have a lasting impact.