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The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

Updated June 24, 2020 64.6k votes 5.8k voters 41.3k 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 Evancho1
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    1,209

    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
    805
    1,075

    Betty White

    Comedian, Television producer
  • Audrey Hepburn3
    620
    835

    Audrey Hepburn

    Model, Actor
  • Maya Angelou4
    537
    727

    Maya Angelou

    Poet, Journalist
  • Emma Watson5
    742
    900

    Emma Watson

    Model, Actor
  • Kate Winslet6
    519
    796

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Sandra Bullock7
    719
    999

    Sandra Bullock

    Television producer, Entrepreneur
  • Kristen Bell8
    538
    823

    Kristen Bell

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Maggie Smith9
    464
    581
  • Meryl Streep10
    768
    1,170

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor
  • Katharine Hepburn11
    438
    673
  • Adele12
    530
    818

    Adele

    Arranger, Musician
  • Helen Mirren13
    616
    949

    Helen Mirren

    Film Producer, Actor
  • Grace Vandewaal14
    1,064
    607

    Grace Vandewaal

    Singer/ Songwriter
  • Anna Kendrick15
    401
    639

    Anna Kendrick

    Actor, Voice acting
  • Julia Roberts16
    402
    682

    Julia Roberts

    Television producer, Film Producer
  • Taeha17
    137
    142

    Taeha

    Singer - Songwriter, Produce 101
  • Dame Judi Dench18
    348
    536

    Dame Judi Dench

    Theatre Director, Musician
  • Ahin19
    135
    141

    Ahin

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Nayun20
    137
    145

    Nayun

    Singer - Songwriter, Finding Momoland
  • Shania Twain21
    332
    623

    Shania Twain

    Songwriter, Musician
  • Melissa McCarthy22
    383
    631

    Melissa McCarthy

    Comedian, Film Producer
  • Charlize Theron23
    451
    845

    Charlize Theron

    Spokesperson, Film Producer
  • Michelle Obama24
    154
    221

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer
  • Natalie Portman25
    179
    282

    Natalie Portman

    Film Producer, Model