VOTE 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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587 456
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Author

2
535 369
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

3
635 504
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

4
592 611
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

5
1,118 1,088
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Classical singer - Sings with Bocelli, Carreras, Domingo, Sumi Jo (and for The Pope 9/27). Strong sense of family, and of charity. Spokesperson for the Humane Society of the U.S, performed (3x) for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night Parkinson's Research Charity, Cirque du Soleil's "One Night for ONE DROP" clean water charity, David Foster Medical Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Loma Linda Children's Hospital Foundation, Hiroshima Peace Arch Memorial Concert, and more. Not too bad for public high school student...

6
434 406
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

7
272 132
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Activist, Writer

8
439 355
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor, Dancer

9
292 219
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Brooks added Poet, Journalist, Television producer

10
398 427
Adele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

11
342 271
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

12
437 459
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

13
317 310
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

14
364 193
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor

15
275 254
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

16
288 134
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
rrggg added Film Producer, Model, Actor

17
358 435
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

18
435 498
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model

19
433 571
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
289 175
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Theatre Director, Musician, Author

21
517 513
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor

22
172 114
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Television producer, Model, Actor

23
183 136
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author

24
325 299
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

25
272 313
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter