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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated January 29, 2021 66.4k votes 5.9k voters 41.7k views88 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 Evancho1
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    1,205

    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...
  • Betty White2
    786
    1,118

    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
  • Emma Watson3
    726
    945

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
  • Audrey Hepburn4
    601
    885

    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
  • Helen Mirren5
    586
    966

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Maggie Smith6
    449
    604
  • Maya Angelou7
    525
    790

    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
  • Adele8
    511
    854

    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
  • Sandra Bullock9
    693
    1,014

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
  • Katharine Hepburn10
    426
    707
  • Kate Winslet11
    500
    834

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Kristen Bell12
    517
    868

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Meryl Streep13
    731
    1,212

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
  • Anna Kendrick14
    391
    648

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Dame Judi Dench15
    339
    549

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
  • Julia Roberts16
    390
    700

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
  • Shania Twain17
    323
    632

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
  • Grace Vandewaal18
    1,038
    678

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
  • Amanda Schull19
    35
    7

    Amanda Schull

    Ballet Dancer, Actor
  • Melissa McCarthy20
    368
    643

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
  • Charlize Theron21
    430
    860

    Charlize Theron

    Spokesperson, Film Producer
  • Nayun22
    133
    178

    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Ahin23
    130
    175

    Ahin

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Taeha24
    130
    177

    Taeha

    Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
  • Sofía Vergara25
    167
    272

    Sofía Vergara

    Comedian, Television producer