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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models 

Lisa Waugh
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Updated June 24, 2020 63.2k votes 5.5k voters 39.9k views 104 items

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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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 18 from Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
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...
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 97 from Oak Park, USA, Illinois
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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age Died at 64 (1929-1993) from Brussels, Ixelles, Belgium
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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Patrick Brooks added Dec. at 86 (1928-2014) from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 73 from England, London
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 69 from Summit, New Jersey, United States of America
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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) from Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 54 from Virginia, United States of America
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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 43 from Reading, England
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 30 from Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 28 from Paris, France
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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 84 from England, London
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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 38 from Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States of America
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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Age 51 from Georgia, USA, Smyrna
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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 33 from Portland, Maine, United States of America
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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 84 from Heworth, United Kingdom
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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Chelsea Long added Age 69 from Cloquet, Minnesota, United States of America
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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 48 from Plainfield, Illinois, United States of America
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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Tyron Shooze added
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Age 48 from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Age 43 from South Africa, Benoni, Gauteng
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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Ronu771 added Age 53 from Windsor, Canada
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Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Geanina Ela added Laura Bretan
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Taeha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Daisy Yoo added
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Ahin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
Daisy Yoo added