Who do you consider to be your role model?

This prompt by WordPress was too interesting to ignore. I find that having a role model is a strange thing – as far as I know, none of my close friends have any. Then again, they are not as into pop culture and entertainment as much as I am. The truth is, ever since I was a little girl, I had a tendency to get obsessed with people I liked. My friend and I used to make our parents call us by whatever name my favourite movie character of the month was called, and we would attempt to dress like them on a daily basis, whilst I (in secret because I must have known this behaviour was a little odd) would spend hours thinking about their personal traits and how I could go about adopting them.

I have always felt that it is a dissatisfaction with oneself that spurs a need for a role model. However, as I am much older and much wiser now, I think role models can certainly have a positive influence on your life, and I know that I for one will never go without having one. Currently, I would say I have many. My role model for singing? Lea Michele. My role model for life? Kate Winslet and Troian Bellisario. My role model for fashion? Rachel Bilson. People I will forever admire with all my heart? Emily Bronte and J.K. Rowling.

It’s interesting how these role models come and go, and even more interesting for me to ponder why these different people, who have done different things and come from different backgrounds all have well, ME, in common. Who are your role models and why? I’d like to read many peoples posts as possible on this topic!



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Filed under Celebrities, Fashion, Film, Lea Michele, Lifestyle, Television

One response to “Who do you consider to be your role model?

  1. Personally, I consider the concept of a role model problematic: We humans are all very flawed and a close enough look at anyone will reveal enough of these flaws to make “cherry-picking” the better road. If X is exemplary at Y, then the task is to emulate him in this specific area. (For clarity, “Y” would not be e.g. “is a good singer”, but possibly “has the self-discipline to train singing Z hours a week”. In a wider sense, looking at specific characteristics of the singing might be relevant.) At the same time, the apparent absence of great flaws is almost certainly a sign that the role-model is not yet understood well enough (applies in particularly to celebrities).

    To this, I would possibly see one exception: Those who excel exactly when it comes to handling their flaws…

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