With One Instagram Post, Sarah Hyland Reminds Body Shamers Whose Opinion Really Matters

A reminder to us all.

Sarah Hyland's Oscar night look was as stunning and glamorous as anyone can imagine. But that didn't stop internet trolls from making cruel remarks about her body. The 27-year-old actress, who has been open about her battle with kidney dysplasia and its effects on her body, has faced criticism over her weight in the past. Despite explaining her struggles in maintaining a healthy weight due to her condition, online trolls and so-called fans still continue to accuse Hyland of having an eating disorder.

"Ew put on sum [sic] weight," said one hateful commenter, according to Yahoo Lifestyle.


"To feel beautiful is one of the most important feelings, but this is neither healthy nor a good ideal for young girls," said another.

"Hun you don't even look like yourself, at all," read another comment. "If I didn't read your caption I would've bet money this wasn't you. Here's a lil' tough love for you — you look sickly, you look like an anorexic whose cheeks are sunken in. You are drop-dead gorgeous, but no one is gorgeous when they have the stick-thin body of a 8-year-old girl. Sorry. … If I looked like her, I'd certainly want someone to tell me the truth. She looks sick, she needs help, and clearly she is oblivious to that."

Luckily, all that hate is no match for Hyland's self-love. The Modern Family star clapped back at her body shamers with an empowering message.

"In response to the negative comments on this post? I'd like to say 3 things," Hyland began her caption in an Instagram post. The first thing was especially for the haters: a middle finger emoji. But the other two points she made is an inspiring reminder for all. "2.) I looked amazing 3.) Even more importantly.. I FELT AMAZING and that's all that matters."

This isn't the first time Hyland has clapped back at her haters. Last year the actress took to Twitter to explain her health struggles and reason behind her appearance.

"My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like," she wrote. "No, that's not Photoshop, those are my legs, those are my arms. I write this because I've been accused of promoting anorexia, in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post. And I want young girls to know that's NOT my intention." 

"Love the you you set out to be. Be the best version of yourself. Be healthy," she wrote. "Don't let other's comments alter any part of you! Love and positivity is what we need most. Especially at a time like this. The world may be falling apart but it's up to us to pull it back together. Smile. Laugh. Love. Be happy."

No matter what someone thinks or says about you, the only thing that really matters is what you think and say about yourself. Self-love has become quite the buzzword these days, but it's buzzy for a reason — it's absolutely necessary. Hyland's confidence and positive view of herself smash all of the negativity thrown her way. Her empowering words are a reminder that no one has the right to our joy, peace of mind, or self-love.

(H/T: Yahoo Lifestyle)

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