It is no secret that with fame comes a certain amount of responsibility. Young girls are extremely impressionable and celebrities are most of these girls’ role models. Celebrities are expected to act a certain way and encourage younger generations to follow in their footsteps. However, sadly, we live in a society that glorifies bad behavior and talentless celebrities. We support actions like sex tapes and D.U.I’s and the younger generation is growing up thinking that it’s okay to behave poorly because the women they look up to act in that way. People like Kim Kardashian (and the rest of her clan) have way too much power over this up and coming generation.
The following is a list of some of the most incredible women in Hollywood. They are talented, beautiful and use their power for the better. The ten women on the list are not perfect and they don’t try to be. They are real women who help bring up and empower women from around the world.
10. Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama is not only a poised and gracious first lady; she is also a great influence on her country. From the start of her political journey, she was extremely active in numerous charities. She has visited countless homeless shelters and soup kitchens and has helped out numerous military wives when their husbands went off to war. Michelle Obama is also a big supporter of the LGBT community. She is a mother, a wife, a mentor and the first lady of the United States of America, which is why she made this list. Michelle Obama is a class act and was a wonderful first lady and is a great influence and role model to women everywhere.
9. Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton is a picture perfect princess and her squeaky-clean reputation and adorable demeanor are just some of the reasons why she is a great role model. She has already been crowned the “princess of the people” very similar to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana. She is poised and intelligent and her ladylike and classic manners make her a dying breed. She is also extremely educated and uses her intelligence to fuel her passion for philanthropy. This real life princess is going to make an incredible Queen one day and we believe that Prince William made the right choice.
Pink is a badass, independent woman who has been in the industry for years. Pink has always managed to stay out of trouble and has always been her own person. She is extremely encouraging to young women and empowers them to think outside the box. Pink promotes women using their minds instead of their bodies to get through life and she has implemented this message through her music, like the song “Stupid Girls.” Pink is one of those celebrities who has always been true to herself and the mother of one has consecutively managed to release hit after hit, demonstrating to the world that you don’t need to fit into a box to find success.
Ella Marija Yelich O’Connor, better known as Lorde, is a fresh and young singing sensation that has made a name for herself in the past few years. Despite being born in 1998, Lorde is wise beyond her years and is turning into one of the most influential celebrities. She has been extremely vocal about the struggles young girls face in regards to body image. In 2013, she was known as one of the most influential teenagers of the year and she has not stopped since. She is young, talented and grounded and is an incredible role model for young women everywhere.
6. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a world-renowned superstar and unlike most stars of her age and caliber, Taylor Swift is one of the best influences on our youth. Although she gets a lot of grief for dating a lot, T-Swift is a 25-year-old woman who is going to date. Famous or not, girls her age date a lot. She is known around the show business world as being polite and having good manners, giving off that perfect girl-next-door vibe. Not only is she known as having a nice demeanor, she is also extremely involved in numerous charities. Love her or hate you, you can’t deny that this super star is as down to earth as they come.
5. Jennifer Lawrence
It is hard to find someone in the world that doesn’t adore Jennifer Lawrence. She is gorgeous to look at; she has an incredible personality and awesome wit. Jennifer Lawrence is a great role model for girls because she promotes being a “real girl.” The world of Hollywood often portrays women as these “perfect” beings (esthetically speaking of course). J-Law however, does not agree with these unrealistic standards and is known to be very vocal about it. She uses her charm and humor to get her point across and her charismatic way is admirable. She is talented, beautiful and empowering to women, which is why she is on this list.
Oprah is a special woman. She has single handedly changed numerous lives for the better. Oprah is incredibly successful and she uses her power and fortune for the better. She donates a lot of time and money to countless organizations and has even started her own charities. She also helps people emotionally as well as spiritually. No amount of gossip can ever reverse the good Oprah has done for people. More influential people should follow in Oprah’s footsteps, she is a woman who fights for what she believes in and sees the good in both god and his creations.
3. Emma Watson
Emma Watson is best known for her role as Hermione in the incredible Harry Potter films. Emma Watson has grown into a phenomenal woman and she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. She has been part of numerous charities and campaigns including the “HeForShe” campaign advocating gender equality. She has also been travelling to both Bangladesh and Zambia promoting education for young girls. In 2014, Watson was made a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. This talented, educated and articulate woman is the kind of person our generation should be admiring. She has done so much good already and she is only just beginning.
2. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is a special woman. She has helped numerous families and individuals make their lives easier through her success. Ellen inspires people every day on her television show and has become a role model to many girls and women. Ellen DeGeneres is also an incredible advocate for the LGBT community and promotes equal rights for everyone. Ellen is the kind of person who has the ability of inspiring people through her kind heart and vivacious personality. The world needs more people like Ellen DeGeneres, she is by far one of the best influences that Hollywood has to offer.
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is one of the most stunning women on the planet and she is just as beautiful on the inside. When it comes to charity, there is nothing Angelina Jolie won’t do to help those in need. She has adopted children from around the world in hopes of providing them a better life. Not only is she an actress, a wife and a mother of six, she is also an ambassador for UNHCR. She has travelled around the world, donating both her time and money to those suffering. Jolie has grown into a beyond incredible woman and is definitely a great celebrity role model for young girls, especially due to her controversial past. She is trying to make this world a better place and her selfless actions are admirable.