Ariel Winter Shut Down Her Estranged Mother After She Publicly Body-Shamed Her

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Modern Family
star Ariel Winter has been butting heads with her mother publicly for a while, having finalized her emancipation from her in 2015. But an already tense situation reached a fever pitch recently when Winter's mom, Chrisoula Workman, criticized her daughter in an In Touch Weekly interview published this week. "She needs to grow up," Workman lamented. "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."

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She continued, "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."

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Okay, sure, Workman's quote sort of sounds like it's coming from a place of love, but Winter sees it in a whole different way. The 19-year-old actress took to Twitter to respond to her mom's take.

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The whole situation does sound thoroughly toxic. It does seem a bit eyebrow-raising that Workman would rely on a celebrity weekly to share what she "would tell" her daughter. 

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Granted, differing opinions on how to dress and express your body confidence is well-trodden terrain for most mothers and daughters, but obviously, Winter and Workman have a particularly acrimonious track record.

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All the way back in 2012, Winter's sister, Shanelle Gray, became the actress's guardian after the Department of Children and Family Services found evidence of her mom emotionally abusing Ariel, People reports.

In early 2016, Winter shared that she felt she now has a "great support system." Good to know -- as that will be especially invaluable as she navigates additional emotional landmines that are unfortunately bound to pop up down the road. In the meantime, she's handling her mom's behavior nothing short of beautifully. 

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