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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated June 24, 2020 61.5k votes 5.6k voters 40.7k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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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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    Betty White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
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    Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
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    Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    585
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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
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    Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
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    Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
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    Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
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    Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    769

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
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    Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    740

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
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    Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    938

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
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    Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    521
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    Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
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    Grace Vandewaal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    497

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
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    Laura Bretan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Laura Bretan

    Singer
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    Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
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    Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer
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    Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    622

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
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    Ahin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Ahin

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
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    Nayun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
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    Dame Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
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    Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
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    Taeha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Taeha

    Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
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    Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
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    Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Celebrity Role Models
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    Amy Poehler

    Television director, Comedian
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