Head and shoulders above other role models Head and shoulders above other role models
IN the past, role models were inspirational people with inspirational things to say, such as Marilyn Monroe, the Queen and, believe it or not, teenagers' parents.
Nowadays however, the definition of "role model" seems to have been twisted.
Google defines a role model as "a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated."
This definition is, of course, fine, but it doesn't always seem to apply nowadays.
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For example, people who say "Lady Gaga is my role model", don't shave their eyebrows off or walk around in a dress made of meat, do they?
Granted, Lady Gaga has done lots of charity work and as a result, was found to be the most charitable celebrity of 2011, but can everybody relate to her
I always found that a role model is someone you have to relate to in order to imitate them.
They should not just be your role model because they are deemed famous or have the "perfect" body shape for example. Which is why I think non-celebrities can easily fall into the category of role models.
They may have success in their area of expertise, such as teachers or friends or siblings.
I do have a famous role model.
She is like me; tall, clumsy, a writer and humorous and (I get the impression) doesn't always quite know what is going on.
I am, of course, talking about the fabulous Miranda Hart. At 6ft 1in, she embraces her tallness with good grace and uses her relatively posh education to her comic advantage.
I can relate to her. Being only 16 and standing tall at nearly 6ft, I have never been the most confident of people. I used to hunch myself over in order to make myself smaller and, when I was younger, tried to keep out of the spotlight.
However, seeing someone clumsy and so tall, just like me, so successful and achieving fame in writing and comedy, like I want to, she became my role model.
I am not saying everybody has the wrong role model, only that role models should be relatable.
So, really, don't just choose a role model for her or his "perfect" hair or figure, choose someone with a proper personality.