Sarah Hyland may have chosen to ignore body-shamers in the past, but she had a change of heart last year when she opted to defend herself. Now, the Modern Family star has explained once and for all why she feels compelled to respond to those who try to shame her for being too skinny.

Last week, the 27-year-old posted a pic of herself at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. Her followers immediately being to leave comments suggesting that the star looked too thin. Hyland edited her caption of the photo to say, “In response to the negative comments on this post? I’d like to say 3 things… 1.) 🖕🏼 2.) I looked amazing 3.) Even more importantly.. I FELT AMAZING and that’s all that matters 💁🏻‍♀️”

According to People, she’s now explained why she bothers to respond to those who body-shame her, saying, “For me it’s just kind of like a natural reaction.” She added, “Sometimes it gets too much to where I’m like, okay, I really need to make a statement right now because what is happening is not okay. And it happens all the time.”

“People think that because you’re in the public eye you sign up for criticism from random people and strangers,” she continued. “But I’m in this business because I love the craft, and I love the art of it, and I love creating and evoking emotions out of people.”

She also doesn’t think that making comments via the internet should shield you from her reaction. “I just treat it like if someone’s going to say a comment to me, I’m going to say a comment right back as if we’re talking to my face,” she said. “You’re not behind a keyboard. You’re basically talking to me.”

If you were famous, would you respond to body-shamers? Let us know @BritandCo!

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