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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613 519
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Television producer, Author

2
551 426
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

3
660 584
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

4
348 241
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Brooks added Poet, Journalist, Television producer

5
335 157
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
RobertDowney added Activist, Writer

6
1,145 1,144
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 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...

7
617 685
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

8
447 466
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

9
419 489
Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter

10
456 412
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor, Dancer

11
449 521
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

12
332 368
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

13
357 324
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

14
373 493
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

15
221 131
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Television producer, Model, Actor

16
377 247
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor

17
287 310
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

18
446 640
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

19
444 557
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model

20
542 571
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Model, Actor

21
294 194
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
rrggg added Film Producer, Model, Actor

22
296 231
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Theatre Director, Musician, Author

23
333 355
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

24
276 371
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

25
240 298
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter