Ariel Winter has urged those who take aim at her on Instagram to "stop the hate".
The 18-year-old actress has urged those who take aim at her on Instagram to "stop the hate" and challenged them to become more accepting of themselves and others.
She wrote on Instagram: "Every time someone bullies me online, it gives me a chance to re-emphasize to my fans, and even myself, how important self-acceptance is.
"Those who say such harsh things on my Instagram, thank you for this opportunity - but the question I ask myself every time I read the mean comments is if this is how you talk to a stranger online, I can online imagine how cruelly you speak to yourself.
"Stop the hate. Accept all that you are and know your flaws are what make you the PERFECT you. I love my fans and I love my bullies for what they truly NEED is love.
"Take the high road, there is less traffic. XO (sic)."
Meanwhile, the 'Modern Family' actress recently revealed that she has deferred her university entry for one year.
The star actress has been accepted into the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she intends to study political science, but has decided to delay her education because of her hectic work schedule.
She told E! News: "Unfortunately this year, due to production schedule, I have to start next year.
"So I will be starting as a [UCLA] Bruin next year."