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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated June 24, 2020 62.8k votes 5.7k voters 40.9k views87 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
    1,436
    1,197

    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...
  • 2
    Betty White
    795
    998

    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
  • 3
    Maya Angelou
    534
    648

    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
  • 4
    Adele
    525
    751

    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
  • 5
    Audrey Hepburn
    614
    757

    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
  • 6
    Katharine Hepburn
    434
    619
  • 7
    Meryl Streep
    766
    1,089

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
  • 8
    Maggie Smith
    460
    527
  • 9
    Sandra Bullock
    717
    946

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
  • 10
    Emma Watson
    730
    841

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
  • 11
    Kate Winslet
    517
    747

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
  • 12
    Kristen Bell
    536
    776

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
  • 13
    Helen Mirren
    614
    939

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
  • 14
    Grace Vandewaal
    1,058
    533

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
  • 15
    Laura Bretan
    78
    55

    Laura Bretan

    Singer
  • 16
    Julia Roberts
    399
    669

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
  • 17
    Michelle Obama
    144
    141

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer
  • 18
    Anna Kendrick
    398
    629

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
  • 19
    Ahin
    135
    132

    Ahin

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • 20
    Melissa McCarthy
    380
    623

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
  • 21
    Taeha
    137
    135

    Taeha

    Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
  • 22
    Dame Judi Dench
    346
    530

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
  • 23
    Nayun
    137
    138

    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • 24
    Shania Twain
    330
    616

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
  • 25
    Amy Poehler
    411
    782

    Amy Poehler

    Television director, Comedian