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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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

    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...
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    Comedian, Television producer
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    942

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
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    952
    Model, Actor
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    535
    710

    Maggie Smith

    Actor
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    446
    726

    Katharine Hepburn

    Actor
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    853

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
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    633
    Ronu771 added

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
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    1,245
    Model, Actor
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    388
    540

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
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    1,226

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
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    659

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
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    353
    Diane Louis added

    Natalie Portman

    Film Producer, Model
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    740

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
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    69
    21

    Jennifer Garner

    Spokesperson, Businessperson
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    59
    29

    Zendaya

    Actor, Singer
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    735
    Ronu771 added

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
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    Alaina Hillman addedActor, Presenter
    Great with animals, very positive and polite, sweet and respecful. 
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    Tyron Shooze added

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
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    uzxx addedBallet Dancer, Actor
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    461

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    Actor
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    825
    Ronu771 addedSpokesperson, Film Producer
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    39
    Television producer, Film Producer
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    Reese Witherspoon

    Businessperson, Film Producer
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    715
    Actor, Voice acting
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