The Best 8 Role Models For Girls
Everyone from performers, to actors, to reality stars, even YouTubers will take their fancy.
Thanks to the wonders of social media, following their favourite celebrity has never been easier, or more interactive and personal.
But who are the best role models for girls to follow?
Without a doubt Jennifer Laurence ticks all the boxes as far as the definition of a strong woman.
Apart from her kick ass role as Katniss in the Hunger Games. She has also let it be known, that she is one very strong willed, determined and independent young lady, who is not afraid to stand up for herself.
She has often been criticised for her weight but has refused to conform to the “norm” of Hollywood telling all her critics that they can basically go and get knotted.
Harry Potter star and feminist, Emma Watson hasn’t just flown off into the sunset on her broom after the end of the Harry Potter series. Instead she is devoting her time to study, the promotion of womens and girls rights and the fight for equality.
She is never seen out partying, is well spoken and articulate.
She has shown girls that being a successful woman is more than appearances. Proving that one of the most attractive features about a girl is her brain.
The First Lady of America has been one of the most influential women in the world over the past 7 years.
She has wielded this power with responsible dignity and has chaired many terrific initiatives, particularly ones aimed at empowering women and girls.
As a mother of two girls of her own she has understood the need for anti-obesity programs for children and a push to ensure that women received an education around the globe.
Apart from being a fashion icon, she is also an accomplished lawyer, mother and writer. She is also a lovely all round person.
Many young girls will have no idea who Audrey Hepburn even is, but after introducing my girls to Breakfast at Tiffanys recently they have became smitten.
She was once one of the worlds most glamorous actresses, starring alongside some of Hollywoods elite. She however decided to retire from acting and concentrate on raising her family, a decision she never regretted.
Later in her life she became an ambassador for UNICEF and devoted her life to compassion and kindness. She remains once of my favourite actresses today.
Malalas story is so inspirational and amazing that it would be remiss of me not to include her on this list.
Endeavouring to seek an education for which at the time, for a girl in that region was unattainable.
Since, alongside her father she has campaigned for the right to an education for all girls.
She is one the youngest to ever win a Nobel Prize and her book “I am Malala” has become an international best seller.
Her father once said “ Why is my daughter strong? Because I didn’t clip her wings”.
She is one of our best and well known international exports.
After a multitude of awards and accolades Cate Blanchett has become one of our most successful actresses.
Not content with this she also runs the Sydney Theatre along side her husband and is a committed environmentalist.
She is very independent, strong and inspiring woman.
Former Govenor General of Australia, successful Barrister and mother to 5 children. Who says we can’t do it all! (well I can’t).
In her own words “ Yes you can have it all, but not at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart”.
Some sound advice there.
Another successful export. She has shown that with the right support and love, you can have a very rewarding public career, while maintaining a sense of privacy.
That although you are a girl with an introverted personality, don’t let that discourage you from chasing your dreams.
One important lesson that we should teach our girls is however, all these women, no matter how inspiring are human and are fallible. Nobody is perfect.
While it is OK to admire your favourite celebrity from afar, never lose sight of yourself and the mark you can leave behind on the world too.