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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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Helen Mirren Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Betty White Comedian, Television producer, Author

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

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

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Kate Winslet Actor, Voice acting, Singer

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Audrey Hepburn Model, Actor, Dancer

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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Jackie Evancho 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 ...

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Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Harriet Tubman Activist, Writer

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

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Kristen Bell Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Adele Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Julia Roberts Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
rrggg added Jessica Biel Film Producer, Model, Actor

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Maggie Smith Actor

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Shania Twain Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Charlize Theron Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Amy Poehler Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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

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

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Jessica Lange Television producer, Model, Actor

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Emma Watson Model, Actor

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

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

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

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Naomi Watts Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Emma Thompson Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Melissa McCarthy Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Bindi Irwin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Alaina Hillman added Bindi Irwin Actor, Presenter - Great with animals, very positive and polite, sweet and respecful. 

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Cate Blanchett Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Tina Fey Comedian, Television producer, Musician

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Martha Stewart Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Uma Thurman Television producer, Film Producer, Model

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Emma Stone Actor, Voice acting

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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Amy Schumer Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Sophia Bush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
VeryCloseTalking added Sophia Bush Spokesperson, Television director, Actor

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Kristen Wiig Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Businessperson, Politician, Economist

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Jennifer Lawrence Film Producer, Model, Actor

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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Ann Coulter Commentator, Author, Writer

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Leslie Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Leslie Mann Actor, Voice acting

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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
linde-knighton added Lucy Lawless Activist, Musician, Actor

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
TheWelshGuy added Cyndi Lauper Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Joan Jett Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Politician, Lawyer

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Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Gary Thompson added Faith Hill Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Angelina Jolie Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Iain Davies added Maria Sharapova Tennis player, Model, Athlete

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Kate McKinnon Comedian, Actor