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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models  

Lisa Waugh
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Who are the top celebrity role models for girls? They're those famous females who encourage girls to be themselves and to stay true to their own thoughts and imaginations. They run their own world and make their own decisions. No one is perfect and celebrity role models for girls are certainly human. It’s because of this, not despite it, that artists and actress role models can best influence the badass women of tomorrow. This list aims to include both women who have always been positive role models, as well as those who have faced some tough times, scrutiny, and even scandal to come out on the other end even more successful and healthy than ever.

The older ladies on this list have been around the block and can give some real life on surviving the slings and arrows of life. Betty White is one of the most positive celebrity role models for girls because she’s been scandal-free, hardworking, hilarious, and still popular as she approaches a century.

Younger female actor role models can teach a master class on how to lead, too. Emma Watson is a UN ambassador and has been inspiring girls since her Hermione days. Her HeForShe campaign has put Watson on the world stage where she is happy to inspire and promote women. "My recent research has shown me that 'feminism' has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists ... Why has the word become such an unpopular one?” Why, indeed, Miss Watson.

P!nk, Ellen Degeneres, Leslie Jones, and Katharine Hepburn are examples of role models who inspire young girls to embrace both sides of their personalities. You can be a girly girl and then switch over to sports in a flash. You can be smart, nerdy, introverted, or a social butterfly. Just be yourself in all cases, according to these celebrity role modes for girls. In fact, Amy Poehler started an entire online community, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, dedicated to this mission.

Who leads the pack of the top artist and actress role models? Who will stand the test of time as one of the most influential celebrity role models for girls? Upvote the female role models who inspire you the most or add any other Hollywood celebrities who are leading the way.
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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author
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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Musician
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Bindi Irwin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Alaina Hillman added Actor, Presenter
Great with animals, very positive and polite, sweet and respecful. 
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Actor
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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting
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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter
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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter
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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Model
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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer
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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
bigcraig added Model, Actor
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Leslie Mann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting
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Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Pin-up girl, Fashion Model, Supermodel
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Taeha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Daisy Yoo added Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
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Ahin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Daisy Yoo added Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
TheWelshGuy added Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
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Nayun is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Daisy Yoo added Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor, Voice acting
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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Commentator, Author, Writer
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Sophia Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
VeryCloseTalking added Spokesperson, Television director, Actor