Abs-flashing Ariel Winter, 19, and loved-up beau Levi Meaden, 29, pose alongside...

Abs-flashing Ariel Winter, 19, and loved-up beau Levi Meaden, 29, pose alongside a curious giraffe as they mark their nine-month anniversary

Smitten: Ariel Winter, 19, bared her abs while enjoying a date to mark her nine month anniversary with beau Levi Meaden, 29, as they posed with a giraffe together

She is often seen documenting her relationship with boyfriend Levi Meaden, who is 10 years her senior.

And Friday proved to be no exception for Ariel Winter, 19, as she marked her nine month anniversary with Levi while posing alongside a curious-looking giraffe named Stanely during their date night.

Taking to Instagram, the Modern Family star captioned her post: ‘9 months starting off on a night shoot with Stanley.’ (sic)

Wearing a cut off top that hugged her bust, the star’s toned midriff was on full display as she reached up to pet the long-necked animal.

Letting her long chestnut locks flow past her shoulders, she teamed her crop top with a pair of black skinny jeans.

Levi, meanwhile, donned an all-grey ensemble that saw him wear a loose-fitted t-shirt underneath a matching hoodie.

Ariel’s older beau swept his faux-hawk style hair upwards and petted the giraffe alongside his girlfriend.

Loved up: Throwback snap of the pair on a summer vacation with Ariel showing more than a little of her famous derriere

Their date night, that appeared to take place at the zoo, came after Ariel was recently seen defending her racy wardrobe, claiming she is a ‘normal girl’ on Twitter last month.

She tweeted: ‘Pretty annoyed about the focus on the fact that I wear shorts, and the commentary that I’m “squeezing” into them or the idea that it’s not okay for me to wear shorts.

‘It’s SUMMER. Get over it. It’s hot, I’m obviously going to wear minimal clothes. I’m not going to suffer in a turtleneck to please anyone.

Standing up for herself: Meanwhile, Ariel recently hit out defending her racy choice of attire and claimed she was a ‘normal girl’ on Twitter in July

‘I’m not a wh*** because I wear shorts and tank tops. I’m a normal girl. Also, I’m not “squeezing” into anything. My shorts fit me and everything I’m doing is just fine. Please leave young women alone.

‘We’re just living our lives. It’s really troubling that we even have to deal with this kind of stuff nowadays. Please stop criticizing everything everyone does!!!!! Rant over!’ (sic).

Winter’s way of dressing was had been criticised by her estranged mother in June. Crystal Workman had told InTouch Weekly that she wishes her daughter would not show so much flesh.

Hugs: The pair cuddled up as an east-Asian food market with Levi planting a kiss on his Mrs’ head Sultry: The star donned a very revealing semi-shear top with lingerie and knee length boots

‘I would not do that,’ said Crystal. ‘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 added.

Ariel, who previously accused her mother of ‘abusing her physically and emotionally’, declared her legal emancipation from her in 2015. Unhappy family: Ariel, who has accused her mother of abusing her physically and emotionally, declared her legal emancipation from her in 2015