Bye Tyga: Female Celebrity Role Models For Young Women And Girls
Rihanna, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj may dominate the headlines but they aren’t the only famous females young girls and teenagers can look to as role models and inspiration. Despite Tyga’s recent claim that Black women don’t have a lot of role models, we found several ladies proving that girls do indeed run the world.
This summer Mo’Ne Davis grabbed the nation’s attention. That’s because she became the first female pitcher to have a shut out game in the Little League World Series history. The 13-year-old pitching phenom landed on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” becoming the first little league player, male or female, to do so. Showing a lot of young girls out there that sports isn’t just for the boys, Davis threw the ceremonial first pitch at Game four of the World Series as the San Francisco Giants faced the Kansas City Royals earlier this week.
Janelle Monae has never been afraid to walk to the beat of her own drum. The eclectic singer’s wardrobe consists of black and white clothing but she’s never tried to use sex or her body to sell music. Monae’s style of music matches her personality and she may not rule the charts but the “Tightrope” singer has carved out her very own lane. She has been featured in numerous fashion magazines including “Vanity Fair,” and became the new face of CoverGirl in 2012.
More young women should value an education as much as Malala Yousafzai does. Growing up in a country where girls aren’t encouraged to go to school, the young Pakistani native became an activist early on in her life. The 15-year-old had already received numerous death threats when she was shot at point blank range in 2012. The assassination attempt received worldwide coverage and Yousafzai became a symbol of courage and resilience. This year she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against suppression of young people and the right for children of all ages to receive an education.
There has never been a First Lady as cool as Michelle Obama. Graduating from both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, the Chicago native gave up her own career to help her husband get elected as the nation’s first Black president. In addition to being a loving and hands on mother, the First Lady has used her platform to help military families and battle childhood obesity. And she’s quick to show off her dancing moves.
Faith Jenkins proves that you can have both brains and beauty. She won the title of Miss Louisiana back in 2000 and graduated at the top of her law class. Working as a prominent attorney in New York, Jenkins regularly appeared as a contributing legal analyst for cable news including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Last September the Louisiana native made her debut in the world of court television with her own show “Judge Faith.”
Jennifer Hudson didn’t win “American Idol” when she was on the singing competition show but she didn’t let that deter her. J. Hud never stopped believing in herself or her talents and in addition to becoming a Grammy-winning singer, she won an Academy award in her film debut “Dreamgirls.” While other celebs have opted for surgery to lose weight, Hudson did it the old fashioned way.
Raven Symone grew up in the spotlight. She started working in the entertainment world as soon as she was out of diapers and we first fell in love with her and her adorable cheeks as the precocious Olivia on “The Cosby Show.” But Symone managed to pull off what a lot of former child stars couldn’t do, especially growing up in the era that she did. The “That’s So Raven” star managed to stay out of trouble, out of jail, out of rehab and out of the tabloids. She credited her parents for providing a strong foundation and giving her the structure she needed to handle life as a very rich adult.
2014 was a very good year for Lupita Nyong’o. The Kenyan actress had graduated with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama and her first feature film out of the gate was “12 Years A Slave.” Nyong’o brought home the Oscar gold for Best Supporting Actress and her moving acceptance speech brought tears to many. In addition to being crowned the Most Beautiful Woman by “People” magazine, Nyong’o was announced as the new face of Lancôme.
Keke Palmer’s first role was in “Barbershop 2” but her big break came when she landed the lead role in “Akeelah the Bee” two years later. Soon she had her own show on Nickelodeon and was a welcome brown face on television for the youth to look up to. In her spare time, Palmer worked with the Boys and Girls Club on their Cool to be Smart campaign, traveling across the country to speak to the children about the importance on an education.
Shonda Rimes owns Thursday nights on ABC. But it wasn’t always like that. There was a time when the Chicago native was just another unemployed scriptwriter in Hollywood. But she got her big break penning the HBO biopic “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” After creating “Grey’s Anatomy,” Rhimes worked on its spin-off show “Private Practice” but it was “Scandal” that really caught the nation’s attention. Her latest show “How To Get Away With Murder” was one of the most anticipated shows of the fall.
Who wasn’t cheering for Gabby Douglas as part of the 2012 U.S. Gymnastics team? Douglas became the first Black woman in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. And if that isn’t enough firsts, she’s also the only American all-around champion to win multiple gold medals. Douglas is currently prepping for the 2016 Olympics.
Skylar Diggins was a basketball star back in high school. Named the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year twice, Diggins had her pick of colleges and she chose the University of Notre Dame. By the time she graduated, the Indiana native became their all-time leading scorer. And after signing with Jay Z’s sports agency, she was gifted an all white Mercedes-Benz SUV before she played a professional game of basketball. Diggins is currently the point guard for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.