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Ariel Winter's Sparkly Unitard Redefines 'Birthday Suit'

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Ariel Winter has just turned 18 years of age. Which in this country means she has officially crossed over the legal threshold from child to adult, and as such must shed her infantile pinafores and short pants in favor of donning something more befitting of her young lady status. And what better way to signal this momentous transition in a woman’s life than with an ensemble that pretty much screams, “I can buy firearms, legally vote, and attend R-rated movies without parental supervision.”

Ariel Winter 18 Birthday Outfit
Ariel Winter/Instagram

On Wednesday night, the Modern Family star posted this shot to her Instagram account showing off her elaborately Swarovski-laden leotard in celebration of her 18th year of life. The bodysuit in question was custom made by Charbel Zoe Couture (a design house championed by Jennifer Lopez), and features a bejeweled halter neckline with cutouts around the shoulders all done in a Thanksgiving-themed color palette.

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This is a surprisingly bold sartorial move for the young actress, who typically favors more demure, classic silhouettes on the red carpet. This burlesque-inspired number, on the other hand, would look more at home at a Britney Spears performance in Las Vegas than as an ensemble that signifies this person is now eligible for jury duty. But whether you love this look or it leaves you feeling just lukewarm, there’s no denying that Ariel’s got some serious chutzpah, flaunting both brains and body positivity.

What do you think of Ariel Winter’s birthday look? Would you rock this outfit when you were 18? 

–Emily Kirkpatrick