1 March 2019
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After a stress-filled week also riddled with unusually cold weather, I decided to unwind on Friday with binge-watching the end of the most recent season of Modern Family. Like other fans of the series, I have always been drawn to the spunk of Alex Dunphy. Luckily, I was able to have a conversation with Ariel Winter, the actress that brings Alex to life on the show.

For the Modern Family star, some of the most important aspects of life are the simpler ones: comfort, finding joy (as well as humor) in the small things, and not being too hard on yourself. To start, I wanted to know what similarities exist between Alex and Ariel, if there were any. She told me about how they are both “pretty sarcastic” and believe in the importance of education. “There’s not a ton of differences.” Ariel did point out, with a laugh, that the “main difference” between them is that she doesn’t “wear as many flannels” as Alex.

While her role as Alex is what she is most known for, Ariel also has plenty of experience with voice acting projects including a princess named Sofia in Disney Channel’s Sofia the First. Since she has had years working in both realms, I sought to find out if there was anything about voice acting she enjoyed more than her live action works. Ariel described how, with voice acting, she gets to “see a character that someone draws come to life on the screen” which is a more unique experience than live action acting. One of the main perks, as Ariel excitedly told me, is that “with voice acting you don’t have to get all dressed up. You could be in your pajamas. You could just be out of the shower with your hair in a bun and that part’s pretty awesome.”

Even when she is not voice acting, Ariel loves to stay comfortable with her choice of clothing from day to day. When asked about her personal style, she described to me how, normally, she does not stress too much about putting outfits together because she goes for “anything [she] can find that is comfortable and possibly matching.” She recounted to me how, in addition to “heeled boots,” one of her wardrobe staples would definitely be “legging pants because I’m super into comfy.”

Throughout our conversation, the emphasis on being comfortable was prominent. For Ariel, this extends beyond style. Ariel wants everyone to experience the joy of comfortability, including animals in their environments. When I transitioned the topic of conversation from her career to more personal goals she disclosed to me that a goal she is working towards is “trying to get every sheltered dog in the world adopted.” Eventually, she explained, she “would like to buy a lot of land somewhere and make my own animal shelter.” She went on to how, more specifically, she would want her personal shelter to house dogs that have been in shelters for more than a year, so these dogs could experience a more comfortable environment while waiting to be placed in a forever home. (more…)

28 February 2019
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21 February 2019
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When she had curves, Ariel Winter was told she looked too provocative. Now that she’s lost weight — which she says is a result of changing her anti-depressant — critics are complaining that she’s too skinny. Now the Modern Family star is being body-shamed on social media over her — wait for it — feet.

The criticism came in response to a moody black-and-white portrait the 21-year-old shared, which shows her left bare foot.

Apparently, said foot — thanks to angles and lighting — is too big for some people’s liking.

“Bigfoot sighted,” snarked one commenter.

“D**n you can braid hair with those toes!” joked another follower.

“D**n u got big feet,” read a comment.

“Y’all talkin’ shhhh about her feet, better watch out before Flipper roundhouse kick-steps you into yesterday,” quipped another commenter.

Winter’s loyal fans fought back.

“Y’all will find any excuse to tear a woman down,” a supporter wrote. “Y’all got big insecurities and it shows through your comments.”

“Guys … her foot is just OK, and BTW nobody is perfect!!” another fan wrote.

“Gotta love all the people who pick @arielwinter apart,” added someone. “You people need to put your phones away, go run to the closest mirror and take a good look at yourself and then CRY!!”

While Winter is often quick to fire back at shaming comments, she seemed to take the jokes about her feet in, ahem, stride.

“I’m literally a 6.5 and people are commenting I have like men’s size 13 feet,” she responded, adding a crying-with-laughter emoji.

She’s in good company. Last year Kendall Jenner received similar backlash about her feet after posting a nude photo.

12 February 2019
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Even though Ariel Winter turned 21 at the end of January, she postponed her official birthday celebrations until this past weekend. Actress recently rang in her momentous 21st birthday in style at Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas, NV. The “Modern Family “star celebrated with 70 of her closest friends, family and boyfriend Levi Meaden.

The star was all smiles when Drai’s massive wrap-around screens lit up the club acknowledging her special day. Winter received a customized pink and white three-tiered cake, a sweet touch to the fantastic revelry. Winter’s birthday celebration happened to be the same night iconic Atlanta MC Gucci Mane, highly regarded as one of the most gifted rappers of his generation, embarked on a brand-new residency with Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas.

And in style she certainly was. Wearing a stunning, crisp white suit, waist-length straight extensions courtesy of celeb hairstylist Jonathan Colombini, and an impressive, over-the-top starry ear cuff, Winter was looking icy and 100% chic.

Giving new meaning to the term “birthday suit,” the now-21 year old looked absolutely stunning in the all-white look, which she paired with subtle nude glam by makeup artist Ash K Holm.

Winter‘s black nails added a dark touch to the otherwise crisp white outfit. Overall, we have to say that this might just be the actress’s chicest look of all time. If this is how she’s kicking off the year, we can’t wait to see what 21 has in store for Winter.

7 February 2019
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In a world saturated by frivolity and pretend, it’s nice to have a voice like Ariel Winter’s. Having begun acting at only four, Winter has become a fixture in global entertainment: from her multiple Disney appearances to dozens of voice-acting gigs. But it was without a doubt her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family that jet-propelled her to stardom. A decade later, Winter is still in Alex’s shoes and she does not plan on stopping (if they let her, that is) but she’s also become a beacon for body-positivity in her own right. With the tenth (and reportedly last) season of Modern Family in full swing, we catch up with the actor to talk about growing into her own skin, her education and what we can expect from Alex Dunphy in the near feature.

When we chat on a transatlantic call, Winter is just ten days short of her momentous 21st birthday and her partying plans are still up in the air, though she assures they probably won’t be anything “fancy” since the occasion falls on a Monday (in the end she settled for a cake-less Dominos pizza bash). But she has clearer intentions of what to do once she’s reached her age of majority. “I want to spend my birthday week volunteering in animal shelters. I don’t know which one exactly yet,” she reveals. “I’m [also] having a birthday party in February in Vegas, because that’s where our families are from. I can finally walk on the carpet there and play a bit of poker, so that’s exciting.”

You can tell Winter is more excited about the first part of her birthday arrangement. A quick look at her social media and it’s evident to see her love for animals. “I love all animals, but especially dogs. They are the best things in the world.” Having four of her own, whom she describes as “her everything,” Winter is an ardent advocate for animal rights, often promoting animal rescue and supporting organizations such as Smiley Tails Rescue to her almost 4 million followers on Instagram.

“We have a lot of people that follow us and it’s great to talk about mundane things, but if I can talk something important that can either help a person or help an animal or just start a dialogue on something, I think that’s really important,” Winter admits of her relationship with social media. Though she declares that it has been one that’s proven to be fitfully toxic over the years.

Having been in the spotlight from a very young age, Winter has never shied away from the fact that growing into her own skin has been a journey, one she’s still embarked on. Though it may seem like she’s built up her confidence to a point where she exudes it on her social media, she’s quick to remind us we’re all human in the end. “I don’t think anybody ever becomes a hundred per cent unwaveringly confident,” Winter says. “Just because we’re human beings and we will never be perfect, and that’s better. It’s better that we never strive for perfection, and we just understand that we’re all people. Everybody has flaws, and those flaws are great. Of course: you should work on yourself as much as possible — work on loving yourself and being the best version of who you want to be. That’s what matters.” (more…)

6 February 2019
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Sarah Hyland, 28, and Ariel Winter, 21, won’t play on-screen sisters anymore after the 11th and final season of Modern Family, which will air in ABC’s 2019-2020 fall schedule, the network announced in a press release on Feb. 5. While it’s amazing the dramedy was picked up for another season, Sarah (who plays Haley Dunphy) and Ariel (Alex Dunphy) are experiencing a whole range of emotions beyond excitement. “It will be a lot realer once they get to their final scenes but both Sarah and Ariel are excited, happy, scared, sad and everywhere in between with the announcement that Modern Family is ending,” a source close to Sarah and Ariel EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife. “This has been something for them that has been most of their lives and that is definitely something they will never forget.”

Modern Family premiered in Sept. 2009, meaning that Sarah and Ariel have stuck with the series for nearly a decade! They’ve picked up an impressive number of accolades along the way, as their show won five Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series (2010-2014, consecutively) and four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010-2013, also consecutively). The show made Sarah and Ariel “into the people they are today both professionally and personally,” our source continues. “They are excited and scared of the unknown but they love that they can go out on their own terms and finish the story as it should be finished.”

And we know how far the actresses’ story lines have come along! Both of their characters have graduated from high school, as Sarah’s character (Haley) now works as a style editor for a lifestyle company. Meanwhile, Ariel’s character (Alex) is a biochemistry major at Caltech. Where did the time go!? And as you know, the Jan. 9 episode of the ABC show shocked us by revealing that Haley’s expecting twins!

“It’s as close to what high school feels like when your heading into senior year,” our source goes on. “You’re ready to move on but you loved all the memories you made. That is exactly the type of emotions they are feeling.” And those are the emotions we’re feeling too!

30 January 2019
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Ariel Winter rang in her momentous 21st birthday in the best way possible: with her friends, boyfriend Levi Meaden, and her dog, all serenading her with the “Happy Birthday” song as they presented her with a Dominos pizza cake.

Ariel posted a video of said moment to her Instagram, where you can see how jazzed she was about the celebration, even excitedly dropping almost into the splits as her friends sang. The actress wore high-waisted black pants and a black crop top with mesh paneling to ring in her 21st year, and here’s hoping her wish comes true — she blew that cake’s candle right out.

Before you pull up the Dominos website to order a pizza cake of your own, we have to be clear: The aforementioned “cake” was really just a Dominos pizza with a candle in it, like a birthday cake. You can order desserts with your Dominos pizza, including their Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake and Cinnamon Bread Twists, but if you want to turn a pizza into a cake, we applaud you.

Ariel, who has been in the public eye since she was a child, thanks to her role in Modern Family, had a big 20th year: She spoke up about feminism, encouraged her followers to vote in midterm elections, made a major splash on Halloween with Levi, and did a little clapping back at paparazzi and online trolls, too.

What’s in store for Ariel as a 21-year-old? Modern Family could be wrapping up this year, which means she could embark on a new chapter of her career. Whatever Ariel chooses to do next, we know she’s going to kill it. Happy birthday, Ariel! Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re craving Dominos pizza right about now.

29 January 2019
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Ariel Winter isn’t going to let trolls get away with body shaming her. On Sunday, Winter, who turns 21 today, shared a photo from her friend’s birthday celebration, which showed her looking significantly smaller. For the occasion, Winter sported a checkered jumpsuit, which highlighted her slim physique.

While many of her fans praised her appearance writing, “you look amazing,” others weren’t as nice.

“Omg you lost your butt,” one fan wrote while another said “Too skinny now.”

“I’m sorry you felt the need to so dramatically change your appearance. I liked you just as you were. I hope you are happy in your new body though,” another fan commented.

A different user wrote, “Nothing wrong with being honest and telling her we liked her better before ‘the change’ she was so beautiful before she started chopping up her body and if me saying so helps one gurl out here to feel beautiful who’s thinking of PS its worth it.”

The comment prompted Winter to fire back.

“I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kind of cutting someone (me) down which isn’t what I think you were trying to do?” Winter wrote back.

“I also didn’t get plastic surgery,” Winter continued. “That is also not supportive of women if you’re just assuming about the way they look.”

This isn’t the first time Winter has had to respond to criticism regarding her figure.

26 January 2019
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Ariel Winter began acting at a very young age, starting with commercials when she was just four years old. Today, Winter stars in Modern Family, one of the most popular and long-running shows in TV history. The show has become the favorite of an entire generation, as people can easily relate to the quirky and dysfunctional families at the core of the storyline. Since she has been in the industry for just about her entire life, many have been able to watch Winter grow up on screen, which has sometimes led to struggles in her personal life. Despite all of this, Winter continues to be a symbol of self-confidence and can perfectly articulate the feeling of a generation struggling with identity and self-love.

You play Alex in Modern Family, one of the most popular shows on television, which is currently on its 10th season. What has the experience of being on a show that has run that long been like?
It’s been fantastic. We are so lucky that we got to be a part of [Modern Family] and that we are still a part of the show. To have been employed for a season is already a blessing, and for it to have gone on for ten seasons is insane. It’s a show that people genuinely like and that we genuinely enjoy making. It is cool growing up on the show because as an actor you get to learn from the other actors. It is really good practice to learn how to be an adult on set. I read the script when it got down to the final callbacks. It was funny, a family comedy; it was smartly written. However, I was also eleven, and I don’t think I fully understood the impact of how big the show could be. I didn’t realize there was even an option that it could go that far, so I thought it was really good, but I don’t know if I fully saw it. I didn’t watch a ton of TV growing up, so I don’t think I really knew what comes of a show once it gets big, other than that people watch it a lot. I didn’t know about the awards and all the other stuff that comes with it. I didn’t know what the possibilities were.

Talking about self-confidence, have you ever struggled with confidence? How have you managed to overcome this?
When I was 14 to 16, in high school, I cared about what people thought about me. And not what my classmates were saying but more what was on the Internet, since there were a lot more people who said things directly. In school, it was more like whispers that maybe I heard or maybe I didn’t. I tried to change a few of those things. Nobody thought anything better of me, the criticism didn’t stop, nobody was ever going to be happy with the way I looked. So I realized that it didn’t matter… the only person that matters is me because I am the only one who has to live with me. These people don’t know me; they know what they see on the internet. You can’t change the way you look in a major way. You are who you are, and there is no problem with that. We are always harder on ourselves than we need to be. And I also think that sometimes we think people are criticizing us, but in reality, we are just doing it to ourselves. Taking time to think about that and understand what is going on and why you feel that way, instead of brushing it aside, is important. Why live hating yourself when there is no real reason to?

The shoot that we did was all unretouched, was that different from other shoots? How so? What about it did you enjoy?
It was definitely more of a difficult process for me, not because I have to be in makeup daily, I don’t, I’m not looking red carpet standard all the time. It is just something you think about like, “Oh, well I am going to be photographed in this setting. Oh no, what if I look weird? I got a pimple today!” But it was nice to be able to do that.

Do you have any tips for young women who are struggling with their own self-confidence?
If we were all supposed to look a certain way then we would have probably evolved that way. We are all different, and that is the way it is. When we see Victoria’s Secret models, they are beautiful! There is no reason we should hate on them. We are not going to look like that person, nor do we need to. There is nothing better than looking like yourself and being unique. Nobody wants to be the same; the same is boring. We all have our different strengths, and so much makes up a person. Our features are not the only things that matter in life. Everyone’s idea of beauty is different. It doesn’t matter if you think one person’s beauty is the beauty you think every person should be. We should all be happy to be different.

22 December 2018
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Ariel Winter has dished out the real skinny on her dietary habits — and it might not be what you’ve read in the media.

“Modern Family” star Winter had a laugh at the media’s expense Thursday night, mocking a report that she keeps herself on a short leash when it comes to sugar and carbs.

In a tweet Thursday night, Winter said that she was tipped off to the article by a friend.

In the tweet, punctuated on both ends by crying-with-laughter emojis, Winter noted that “my friend sent me the funniest article that’s apparently in OK about my ‘super strict diet’ and how I only go out to eat if it’s healthy food and I don’t allow sugar in the house…….”

The actress continued, “HAHAHA I eat every carb possible and I make soft chocolate chip cookies every week…”

Winter was possibly referring to an OK! article published Thursday bearing the title, “How’d She Do It? Inside Ariel Winter’s Amazing Weight Loss.”

The article reads, “A source spilled to OK! magazine that the ‘Modern Family’ actress has an extremely strict diet.”

It continues, “Ariel cuts out sugar completely and avoids carbs whenever she can,” the insider shared.

The article goes on to state, “While cutting out carbs is usually a good idea when trying to lose weight, the star also ‘won’t allow any sweets in her home and only meets people for healthy meals.’”

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