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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511 341
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

2
548 430
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Author

3
596 424
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

4
550 528
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

5
245 111
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Activist, Writer

6
1,056 1,058
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 6 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 ...

7
268 195
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Brooks added Poet, Journalist, Television producer

8
398 321
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor, Dancer

9
404 385
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

10
419 442
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

11
370 409
Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

12
323 260
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

13
292 293
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

14
340 185
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor

15
279 116
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
rrggg added Film Producer, Model, Actor

16
260 243
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

17
343 423
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

18
423 485
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model

19
416 534
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
274 167
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Theatre Director, Musician, Author

21
166 100
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Television producer, Model, Actor

22
479 501
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor

23
175 127
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author

24
310 290
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

25
261 301
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

26
204 235
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

27
218 236
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

28
284 274
Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

29
164 216
Bindi Irwin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Alaina Hillman added Actor, Presenter - Great with animals, very positive and polite, sweet and respecful. 

30
78 36
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

31
115 143
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

32
303 298
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Musician

33
181 260
Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

34
179 242
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Model

35
298 406
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

36
102 81
Sophia Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
VeryCloseTalking added Spokesperson, Television director, Actor

37
164 425
Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

38
159 217
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

39
92 97
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Businessperson, Politician, Economist

40
292 475
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Actor

41
114 209
Leslie Mann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting

42
165 279
Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Mollevangsvagen added Commentator, Author, Writer

43
106 172
Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
linde-knighton added Activist, Musician, Actor

44
158 265
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
TheWelshGuy added Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

45
102 233
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

46
60 73
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Gary Thompson added Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor

47
69 105
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Politician, Lawyer

48
226 496
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

49
66 112
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Iain Davies added Tennis player, Model, Athlete

50
39 16
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Diane Louis added Film Producer, Model, Actor