My Role Models

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Hey guys! 

Hope you all had a great week and have a fun-filled weekend ahead of you! I’m going to the BWB Launch tomorrow and I can’t wait – it’s been a while since my last blogging event! I recently published an article over on Huffington Post about my favourite role models, and I thought I’d share it on my blog too. Enjoy! 🙂

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In a world that’s dominated by the Kardashians, it’s important that young girls have good role models to look up to. The media is full of images of heavily edited celebrities who have undergone extreme diets and wear too much make-up. This has a negative impact on girls, particularly teenagers who are at an impressionable age. Audiences need role models that are relatable and talented, give back to their community, and have realistic body proportions. Here are some of the best female role models:

1. Hilary Duff

While many Disney stars have fallen prey to the odd scandal or two, Hilary Duff has managed to keep her squeaky clean image for almost three decades. Not once have I heard anything negative about her, and she has matured from a well-known child star into a successful woman. Hilary may be most famous for starring as the lead in Lizzie McGuire, but she has also appeared in a number of films, including Cheaper By the Dozen and A Cinderella Story, and she has released three albums. Beyond that, Hilary Duff has written a dystopian trilogy for young adults and launched her own perfume collection. In recent years, Hilary has donated some of her earnings to charities that deal with cancer, poverty and disadvantaged youths.

There is so much to love about Jennifer Lawrence; I’m pretty sure I could fill up a whole book! She’s classy, intelligent and down-to-earth. Sure, she has made a few silly comments, but hasn’t everyone? Jennifer is best known for her role as the feisty and fearless Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games films, and she has also played the leading female characters in Joy, Winter’s Bone and Silver Linings Playbook. Another thing I like about Jennifer is that she isn’t afraid to make fun of herself. She acknowledges that she makes mistakes, just like the rest of us. Jennifer also understands that girls will look up to Katniss and refused to lose weight for the part as she knew the audience would copy her.

3. Zoe Sugg

Whether you love her or hate her, you’ve got to admit that what Zoe Sugg, a.k.a. Zoella, has achieved is pretty amazing. It’s like Zoe has her own mini empire, with her YouTube channel, books and beauty range. Zoe’s success in the vlogging world has encouraged more and more young girls to follow their dreams and not give up. People seem to think that vlogging is easy and can’t be considered ‘real work’, but it actually requires a lot of time, patience and dedication. Having a vlog isn’t something just anyone can do, and I admire Zoe for continuing to be a total girl boss despite her anxiety and all the criticism she has received over the years.

4. J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling is without a doubt one of the most inspirational women out there. She went from living on benefits to being hugely successful in just a small amount of time – what’s not to admire about that? J. K. Rowling created an alternative universe in the form of the Harry Potter books, which were made into films and inspired thousands of stories on FanFiction. Rowling is adored by adults and children around the world and has encouraged more people to take an interest in reading. She is also a feminist and believes that women should be able to make their own choices. As with some of the other women on this list, J. K. Rowling has helped a number of charities, including Comic Relief, Book Aid International and Make A Child Smile Appeal.

5. Julie Andrews

I have admired Julie Andrews ever since I first saw her as Maria in The Sound of Music when I was about five or six. She is an amazing actress and has a beautiful singing voice. I also thought that Julie Andrews was fantastic in Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries, which are two of my favourite films. Julie is well-spoken and genuine. She’s never been involved in any drama (as far as I’m aware) and it’s amazing that she is still acting in her 80s.

6. Lucy Hale

I had to include one of the main girls from Pretty Little Liars, and Lucy Hale seemed like the obvious choice. Her character Aria is my favourite on the show (with Shay Mitchell’s Emily following closely behind). So why do I consider Lucy a role model? Well, for starters Lucy has a lovely personality and will stop to take photos with her fans, which is a rare thing for a celebrity to do. She also keeps her private life private, so it’s not often that you hear about her in the media – most articles that mention Lucy Hale are focused on Pretty Little Liars. Not many people will know this, but Lucy can sing too. She has a country-style album entitled ‘Road Between’, which unfortunately didn’t get the recognition it deserved.

7. Taylor Swift

It’s hard not to fall in love with Taylor Swift. She has a great personality and she’s the kind of girl that everyone wants to be besties with. Taylor is fashionable and cares about her fans, unlike a lot of other celebrities. Girls can easily relate to the lyrics in her songs; Taylor normally sings about breakups and relationships. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I stick on one of Taylor’s albums and I instantly feel much better.

8. Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley has come a long way since the days of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She has played the lead in a number of big films, such as The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants and Divergent. She won awards for her performances in all three films, including Best Young Actress for The Descendants. Shailene is quite different to other Hollywood stars since she is an avid environmentalist and is passionate about protecting the world for future generations. She prefers to make her own beauty products, using natural ingredients like clay and coconut oil. If Shailene wasn’t an actress, she’d probably “be a herbalist, or [maybe I would] open a fruit stand on a Hawaiian island.”

9. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was named one of the world’s most admired women back in 2015, and it’s not surprising. She’s incredibly wealthy and talented – Angelina is an Oscar-winning actress as well as a filmmaker. She also has to look after several children and has a charitable heart. Angelina became a Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and has visited refugees in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Kenya. Together with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, Angelina set up the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which aimed to help people who live in extreme poverty.

10. Demi Lovato

Although I’ve been aware of Demi Lovato since she starred in Camp Rock almost a decade ago, it’s only recently that she has become one of my role models. She oozes confidence and didn’t let her bulimia and other health issues stop her from becoming one of the most likeable and talented young stars. From singing to dancing to acting, there isn’t anything that Demi Lovato can’t do. Like Lucy Hale and Taylor Swift, Demi puts her fans first and she reminds teenagers that they are not alone and should “never be afraid to ask for help.”

11. Emma Watson

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been considered one of the most inspirational women in the world ever since she first appeared on our screens back in 2001, and it’s easy to see why. Emma is still relatively young but she is worth millions and set to become the most wealthy woman in the world, overtaking Jennifer Lawrence. She is also a major name in feminism and believes that “it is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” In other words, people should be treated the same, regardless of whether they are male or female. Emma was recently criticised for posing in a revealing outfit on a recent cover of Vanity Fair but came back with a witty response: “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.” Emma Watson, I salute you.

12. Anne Frank

Okay, so she may not have been alive for decades, but I think Anne Frank is someone all young girls should look up to. She was so brave and managed to stay positive, despite the horror that was happening in the world at the time. Anne was also a normal person, not a celebrity like most of the other women on this list. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of my favourite books of all time and I urge you to read it if you haven’t already.

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Who are your role models? Do you admire any of the women on this list? 

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Serena

14 Comment

  1. Claire says: Reply

    I love Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie and Zoe Sugg – my favourite roles models. I’m not a fan of Jennifer Lawrence at all though, she’s just not for me!
    Claire xo

  2. Great post, I am a BIG Demi Lovato lover! I can’t wait for her to release new music. I also adore Hilary Duff!

  3. Love this! I really look up to Angelina Jolie! She’s one of my faves 🙂

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  4. Hilary Duff is one of my favourites, and definitely a role model of mine, she’s kept a stable and happy life without going down the wrong road, I love her in a cinderella story and Lizzie McGuire was a favourite of mine as a child!, I also of course love Zoe Sugg and will forever look up to her as a role model xx

  5. Sophia says: Reply

    I too look up to Zoe! She has achieved so much and puts up with a lot of hatred xx

    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  6. Stacey says: Reply

    I love Demi lovato, I love what she represents and Her music…

    Much love,
    Stacey

  7. abbeylouisarose says: Reply

    Such a varied list, Serena! I love it! Hilary Duff is such a great person to include, I totally agree that she has retained her ‘clean’ image very well and I respect her a lot for that! I would also love to be besties with Taylor Swift – so long as she didn’t write a song about me, it’d all be good! hahah

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  8. Yes! Totally agree, Emma is fab and for me tbe epitome of a female role model. Hilary Duff and Angelina are great examples too.
    Fab post sweetie!
    Love Lily xo
    http://www.essentiallylily.co.uk

  9. Kayleigh Zara says: Reply

    This is such a great list and very varied! I have to say I’m a fan of most of these women too, especially Emma and Angelina x

  10. Robyn says: Reply

    Awwh I love this post and it includes some really inspirational women! Great post lovely!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  11. Kirsty says: Reply

    I absolutely love Emma Watson, JK Rowling and Zoella as well! What a fantastic list of people!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

  12. Maya says: Reply

    Congratulations on Huffington Post! Definitely well deserved for writing an inspirational post. I’m with you on giving girls and women role models who are strong, intelligent women of all shapes and sizes. I agree Zoe is amazing (even though I’m not really her target audience), she achieved so much at such a young age and it winds me up no end when people are trying to blame her for one thing or another (I even wrote a post on that).
    I’m a big fan of Julie Andrews and she’ll always be Maria for me. JK Rowling, her story is just incredible, makes you believe that there’s always room for change and that you should never give up.
    I loved this post so much!

    Maya | http://londondamsel.co.uk/lifestyle/makes-successful-blogger/

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Aw thanks! Yeah, it is so important for people to have role models.

  13. Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence are great role models. Mine are Sheryl Sandberg, Mulan and Kim Catrall 🙂 xx corinne

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