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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated January 29, 2021 65.7k votes 5.9k voters 41.6k 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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    1,202

    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
    783
    1,110

    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
  • Emma Watson3
    721
    937

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
  • Audrey Hepburn4
    596
    877

    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
  • Helen Mirren5
    583
    960

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Maya Angelou6
    521
    782

    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
  • Adele7
    508
    845

    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
  • Maggie Smith8
    445
    600
  • Sandra Bullock9
    690
    1,009

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
  • Kate Winslet10
    498
    828

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Katharine Hepburn11
    422
    703
  • Kristen Bell12
    514
    859

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Meryl Streep13
    728
    1,203

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
  • Dame Judi Dench14
    334
    545

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
  • Julia Roberts15
    388
    696

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
  • Shania Twain16
    320
    629

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
  • Anna Kendrick17
    390
    644

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Grace Vandewaal18
    1,038
    670

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
  • Amanda Schull19
    31
    5

    Amanda Schull

    Ballet Dancer, Actor
  • Melissa McCarthy20
    368
    638

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
  • Ahin21
    130
    171

    Ahin

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Charlize Theron22
    428
    856

    Charlize Theron

    Spokesperson, Film Producer
  • Nayun23
    133
    175

    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Taeha24
    130
    172

    Taeha

    Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
  • Sofía Vergara25
    165
    268

    Sofía Vergara

    Comedian, Television producer