Ariel Winter turns 17
Ariel Winter for Project Runway.Instagram/Ariel Winter

"Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter is not shy about flaunting her curvaceous figure on her Instagram account, but critics haven't been too kind to her for displaying her figure in tiny Daisy Duke short sand cleavage-baring dresses.

Winter isn't too bothered about these negative comments, and she recently told Entertainment Tonight that her focus is on having fun. "Everybody is so hyped up on the fact that I post photos where my butt's out. It's a butt. Everyone has a butt. I don't think it's crazy," Winter said. "I don't really think I'm telling myself, 'You should post this, you shouldn't post that,'" Winter explained. "I feel like I'm just having fun. I like my fans to see what I'm doing."

During the interview, Winter also opened up about her rumoured romance with actor Sterling Beaumon, saying there's nothing there other than friendship. "We've been best friends for 10 years. We're not dating," she told the news outlet. "We see each other every day, but no, we're like, literally best friends." Winter added that she's currently single and has enjoyed being romantically unattached.

Beaumon and Winter first sparked romance rumours back in July, just two weeks after she called it quits with her longtime boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudett, whom she dated for about two years.

Beaumon and Winter attended the SkySpace Launch Party in Los Angeles in July where they were said to be flirty towards each other. "The two arrived at the SkySpace LA event together and left together," a source told E!News. "They were seen hanging out all night and it seemed like they were more than just friends. They were definitely very flirty and always close to each other."

They were also spotted together at celebrity hot spots The Roxy and The Nice Guy.