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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581 450
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Author

2
530 364
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

3
628 488
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

4
583 596
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

5
1,105 1,084
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
434 352
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor, Dancer

7
426 402
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

8
288 217
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Brooks added Poet, Journalist, Television producer

9
262 131
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Activist, Writer

10
394 423
Adele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

11
339 269
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

12
433 456
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

13
312 307
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

14
356 193
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor

15
271 252
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

16
285 130
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
rrggg added Film Producer, Model, Actor

17
352 433
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

18
431 495
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model

19
427 563
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
284 175
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Theatre Director, Musician, Author

21
506 511
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor

22
172 111
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Television producer, Model, Actor

23
182 134
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author

24
324 297
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

25
271 310
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

26
229 243
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

27
208 244
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

28
301 282
Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

29
128 147
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

30
172 224
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. 

31
84 46
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

32
316 305
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

33
183 250
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Model

34
186 273
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

35
310 417
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

36
107 89
Sophia Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
VeryCloseTalking added Spokesperson, Television director, Actor

37
304 489
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Actor

38
164 224
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

39
170 445
Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

40
120 217
Leslie Mann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

41
94 104
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Businessperson, Politician, Economist

42
166 274
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
TheWelshGuy added Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

43
67 79
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Gary Thompson added Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor

44
167 293
Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Commentator, Author, Writer

45
55 27
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Diane Louis added Film Producer, Model, Actor

46
108 179
Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
linde-knighton added Activist, Musician, Actor

47
108 240
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

48
71 111
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Politician, Lawyer

49
70 119
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Iain Davies added Tennis player, Model, Athlete

50
235 513
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter