"It's really degrading, annoying and sad that this is what the media puts out," said Winter

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Ariel Winter has hit back against her critics time and time again – and she’s not done yet.

In an interview with Rogue magazine, the Modern Family star opened up about the backlash she receives for some of her Instagram photos or outfit choices.

“It’s called being a woman in the industry,” said Winter, 18. “It’s complete sexism. It’s really degrading, annoying and sad that this is what the media puts out, it’s disgusting to me.”

That being said, Winter said growing up in the spotlight has taught her to brush most of the negativity off.

“At this stage, you get sort of jaded after a certain period of time,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been in the industry for so long that I have gotten to that point where people’s comments and the exposure doesn’t bother me as much.”

“It still bothers people when you get negative feedback for something, but it doesn’t hit me as hard as it would somebody just entering the industry,” she added.

And ultimately, Winter said having true fans makes it all worth it in the end – especially the ones that support her messages of body positivity and fighting back against sexism in Hollywood.

“It’s somewhat life-changing in your mind when you walk down the street and someone recognizes you as ‘that girl from TV’ or ‘Alex, the girl with the glasses,’ but it’s different than when someone comes up to you and says, ‘Ariel Winter I love the things you say online’ or ‘I really love your character, it’s inspired me so much,’ ” Winter said.

“Those are the things that really impact me that I love about the exposure I get,” she continued. “Then there’s the other exposure that can be negative, regarding red carpets and the things that I wear. I’ve gone through a whole bunch of things, both in my personal life and my professional life and they’ve all contributed to where I am now and made me stronger.”

Modern Family airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on ABC.