If you follow Ariel Winter on Instagram, you know the girl enjoys posting the occasional risque selfie.
And by that, we mean she spends more time in swimwear than both the original cast of Baywatch and the stars of the Zac Efron remake no one saw.
Ariel’s bikini selfies are the stuff of Internet legend, and they’ve helped her amass an astonishing 3.4 million followers.
But it seems not everyone is a fan of the Boobs of Winter, which is also the name of our seven-part fantasy series inspired by both Ariel’s Instagram and the works of George R.R. Martin.
Ariel was emancipated from her mother back in 2012, and there relationship has been … tense, to put it mildly, ever since.
In fact, on several occasions, Ariel’s been harshly criticized by her mother, who, like roughly 95% of mothers who have lost custody of their teenage children, is named Chrystal.
Chrystal has some unsolicited thoughts on Ariel’s racy selfies, and she recently shard them with In Style:
“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,” she explains.
“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.”
Obviously, Chrystal sounds like an unconscionable douche monster who should probably stick to offering opinions on matters she knows well, like which scratch-offs offer the best chance of winning and why the smokes she buys at the reservation are just as good as Newports.
That said, there’s a lot to unpack here.
Obviously, Ariel is free to dress however she wants, and from what we know about her mother, Chrystal’s the last person who should be offering any sort of life advice.
That said, Ariel is at a crossroads, and it seems a little guidance from the right grownup would go a long way.
At 19, Winter finds herself in a position most young people would kill for.
She has an established acting career and she’s been accepted to UCLA.
(She deferred her enrollment last year, and may or may not begin classes this fall.)
So it’s not hard to see why some fans might be a bit confused by the fact that cosplaying Kylie Jenner seems to be Ariel’s primary focus these days.
That said, any concerned words should take the form of career advice, not the sort of slut-shaming that her mom is offering up.
Fortunately, Ariel works with Sofia Vergara, so she doesn’t have to go far for solid advice on how to spellbind with curves and comedic acting talent simultaneously.