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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated July 19, 2021 71.3k votes 6.2k voters 45.3k views91 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

    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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    839
    1,256

    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
  • 3
    782
    1,108

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
  • 4
    494
    719
  • 5
    588
    966

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
  • 6
    609
    964

    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
  • 7
    432
    729
  • 8
    704
    1,107

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
  • 9
    500
    856

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
  • 10
    338
    628

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
  • 11
    352
    552

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
  • 12
    414
    662

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
  • 13
    541
    964

    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
  • 14
    513
    976

    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
  • 15
    220
    334

    Natalie Portman

    Film Producer, Model
  • 16
    379
    710

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
  • 17
    374
    654

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
  • 18
    719
    1,340

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
  • 19
    531
    1,033

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
  • 20
    968
    870

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
  • 21
    60
    34

    Amanda Schull

    Ballet Dancer, Actor
  • 22
    413
    827

    Charlize Theron

    Spokesperson, Film Producer
  • 23
    266
    528

    Bindi Irwin

    Actor, Presenter
    Great with animals, very positive and polite, sweet and respecful. 
  • 24
    140
    216

    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • 25
    229
    487

    Loretta Lynn

    Songwriter, Singer-songwriter