12 Celebrities My Daughters Can Look Up To

I’ve got four kids. I’m raising two boys and two girls from ages 6 to 16. I’m trying to teach them a pretty specific set of values that encompass family, kindness, education, and community.

As much as my family loves celebrity gossip, good TV, and the latest superhero movies, we don’t generally look to Hollywood for our role models. Just scan the headlines and you’ll see loads of selfishness, impropriety, decadence, and — I’ll say it — smut.

It’s enough to make a mother gasp!

But, you know what? It’s not all bad. There will always be “celebrities” who become famous for being famous or famous for being shocking or famous simply for having poor, poor judgement. But some people rise to the top because they have enormous talent, have worked hard, live good lives, and do their best.

I celebrate celebrities like this!

I am especially grateful for all the women out there like Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, and Tina Fey who live impressive lives. I can point to them as women I’d like my daughters to emulate. Take a look at these impressive women who are celebrities your daughters can look up to. (Sons, too!)

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  • Anne Hathaway 2 of 13
    Anne Hathaway wears baggy pants as she visits a friend in Silver Lake

    Gracious, educated, poised, and real, Anne Hathaway avoids scandal, seems happy, and keeps her clothes on. Win! With a SAG, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award under her belt for her role in Les Mis, this lady is the real deal.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Rebel Wilson 3 of 13
    Rebel Wilson walks to the set of Good Morning America morning show in Times Square, New York City

    She sings, she dances, she acts. Rebel Wilson owns it. She's a major talent with major confidence and, frankly, I think she's hilarious and I love her. With a shape that doesn't conform to heroine chic, I'm glad she's out there killing it her own way.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Tina Fey 4 of 13
    Tina Fey attends the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles

    Set aside the fact that Tina Fey has won 8 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, 5 SAG awards and wrote a best-seller. Girlfriend is funny. She's talented and hard-working — a champion for women in comedy and, with Amy Poehler, a role model of female friendship. She's the opposite of a mean girl. And she juggles motherhood and marriage just like the rest of us. Tina Fey is everything.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Natalie Portman 5 of 13
    Natalie Portman arrives to the New York City Opera 2013 Fall Gala at the David Koch Theater

    We forget that Natalie Portman was a child star because she never went off the deep-end. Instead, she graduated from Harvard and grew up into an accomplished, beautiful woman. 

     

    When she took time off to go to college she said, "I don't care if [college] ruins my career, I'd rather be smart than a movie star." Amen.

     

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  • Emma Watson 6 of 13
    "Gravity" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

    Emma Watson is the closest thing to Hermione Granger you'll find. She really is brainy, classy, elegant, and kind.

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  • Mindy Kaling 7 of 13
    Mindy Kaling arrives for an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" in NYC

    Mindy Kaling is proof that hardworking, talented women can make it in the business. She graduated with a BA in playwriting from Dartmouth in 2001 and she hasn't let up since, writing and starring in The Office and producing her own show, The Mindy Project.

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  • JK Rowling 8 of 13
    "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling is honoured by the University of Edinburgh for her 'remarkable act of philanthropy', after donating £10million for a new multiple sclerosis clinic

    Not only did she use her passion and talent for writing to pull herself out of abject poverty, JK Rowling made readers out of a generation (maybe more?) of children and — oh yeah — is a billionaire. And that, ladies, is how it's done.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Angelina Jolie 9 of 13
    "World War Z" Germany Premiere - Arrivals

    I wasn't always crazy about Angelina in her younger years with her husband-stealing and blood vial-wearing. But she has really matured and grown into someone I respect. She puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to humanitarian aid, and she really seems to be "doing it" in terms of motherhood. Her double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer was a courageous move.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Oprah Winfrey 10 of 13
    Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of the Weinstein Company's 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles

    The great power of Oprah Winfrey has almost become a cliche, but you know what? She's kind of awesome. We should all be so lucky to have our daughters turn out a like Oprah.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Sofia Coppola 11 of 13
    Sofia Coppola seen at the Museum of Modern Art 2013 Film benefit - A Tribute To Tilda Swinton in New York City

    Sure she's the incredibly connected and privileged daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, but I admire her for making her own name for herself in the world of film with an Academy Award for Best Original Screen Play for Lost in Translation.  She quietly pursues her passion for directing, turning down more glamorous options like modeling and acting.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Nina Garcia 12 of 13
    Nina Garcia attends the Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week Fall 2011 at Lincoln Center

    I love and want to be Nina Garcia. She is effortlessly beautiful and fashionable. She earned a BA degree from the Fashion Institude of Technology. She's an accomplished journalist and incredibly articulate to boot. Not too shabby, Nina. I'd love to live through my 40s with such panache.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Jennifer Lawrence 13 of 13
    Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Odeon Leicester Square in London

    There's a reason the Hunger Games break-out star is becoming America's darling. Gorgeous and talented, it's Jennifer Lawrence's down-to-earth humor and self-deprecating manner that makes us all want to be best friends with her. She's real. She eats real food. She gets celebrity crushes and she trips on stairs. She had us at "I volunteer."

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