In a photoshoot done for Cosmopolitan, Modern Family actress Ariel Winter posed as films ultimate “mean girls,” including Regina George (from Mean Girls) and Blair Waldorf (from Gossip Girl) to stand up against bullying and the glorification of such characters.
Winter wants to pass on the message that what these types of girls do is simply “not right.”
“Being mean to people is not cool,” Winter, 18, told Cosmopolitan. “And why I found it so awesome to do this shoot and play these characters is that I’m right now trying to speak out against bullying and people tearing others down, and I love that I got to play these characters and trump them in a sense. I got to overtake them. What they do is not right — and I’m above it.”
“When I was younger, we didn’t have a lot of role models that were not Regina George–like. We didn’t have a lot of super-nice women who were just OK being themselves — didn’t have to dress in designer clothes, didn’t have to bleach blonde their hair, didn’t have to limit themselves at every meal,” she explains. “That promoted a lot of insecurity. People love her so much because they’re like, ‘Wow, I wish I could be like her.’ … It’s just disappointing that that’s what they consider a perfect girl.”
Winter also dressed up as Amber from Clueless, Heather Chandler from Heather’s and The Craft’s Nancy Downs.
“There’s absolutely no reason to be mean to other people,” the young actress said. “It’s unwarranted.”