As Ariel Winter continues to defy body shamers, her estranged mother, Chrystal Workman, tells In Touch exclusively that she thinks her daughter doesn’t need to expose herself because she is a legitimate actress.

Although Ariel has gotten flak for her skimpy fashion choices as of late she continues to urge fans to “feel HAPPY about who you are and YOUR choices.” It’s been a common response for Ariel, who’s been dressing to show off her body since 2015, the year she was emancipated from her mother, Chrystal Workman, and had surgery to reduce her breasts from an F to a D.

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Ariel had accused her mother of abusing her physically and emotionally and attempting to “sexualize” her at a young age.

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But Ariel’s mom insists she never “sexualized” her. She also denies accusations of abuse.

“I would not do that,” Chrystal, who’s still estranged from Ariel, reveals.

Chrystal, like many of her daughter’s critics, also questions Ariel’s desire to show a lot of skin.

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“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.”

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