The life of the celebrity isn’t all glitz and glamor. Okay, that makes up a fairly large chunk of it, but it’s also about responsibility. As a society, we tend to hold celebrities up to, at times, unreasonable expectations. That’s when they crash and burn, and we latch onto it. But what about the other side of the celebrity? I’m talking about the role model. The ones that we’re perfectly okay with our children looking up to.
There is a lot of bad press around the A-Listers for one reason or another, but I think it’s time to make some acknowledgments. Here are, as far as I can see them, the best celebrity role models.
There was a time when Angie was perhaps the most recognized woman on the planet, but she hasn’t let that go to her head. Following the drama of how her relationship with Brad Pitt unfolded, she’s been nothing short of an inspiration. Angelina is known for having adopted children from deprived countries and championing refugee programs. In addition, both her and her husband have been long time proponents of same-sex marriage. Keep doing you, Mr and Mrs Smith.
The Disney actress is something of an enigma. With so many childhood stars going off the boil with age (we’re looking at you, Miley), Brenda Song is a breath of fresh air. Not only has she managed to keep her composure in spite of her early fame and fortune, but she tries to inspire young girls around the world. She advises – and demonstrates with her actions – the importance of keeping on the straight and narrow. She avoids parties, drinking and drug culture, despite its prevalence amongst young celebs. Not only that, but she’s become a mainstay of many charity projects around the world, especially aimed at young girls.
The star of Divergent has long made a name for herself as a fierce proponent for feminism. And she takes that very seriously indeed. She’s extremely diligent about the movie roles she will and won’t accept. Emphasizing the need for dominant female lead characters, she has long been outspoken about the toxic nature of the Twilight saga. She believes, and she’s not the only one, that there is nothing to be gained from promoting unhealthy relationships for young women. It won’t be long before she’s popping up on websites like Heightline as one of the most sought-after celebs.
Although she’s perhaps known for being the beauty behind America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks has set out to prove that it’s all about brains. Not only is she one of the most successful female models in the world, but she’s a graduate of Harvard Business School. She’s a fantastic role model for young girls around the world who strive to make their name in a male-dominated world. Her generosity hasn’t just come with age, though. At the age of just 18, Tyra Banks set up her very own scholarship program for African-American girls in the US.
Let me know some of your favorite female role models in the comments below. It’s nice to get a gauge on women that are doing excellent work around the world to make things easier for young girls.
*This is a collaborative guest post.