Judge a person by Who they look up to.

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Amy Cuddy, James Franco, Chiara Ferragni, Malala Yousafzai

Classmate, “Who is your role model” 
Me, “Uhm…I don’t know. I have so many!”
Classmate, “Name top 4 without thinking..”
Me, “James Franco, Amy Cuddy, Chiara Ferragni, and Malala Yousafzai”
Classmate smiles, “hmm, interesting.”
Me (raising an eyebrow), “What?”
Classmate, “Just surprised you didn’t name Hillary Clinton or, like, Britney Spears or something”

This little conversation had me thinking. Aside from what the dictionary tells you, what makes someone a role model? What makes them a good role model or a bad? To me, I think a role model is someone that, you not only adore and look up to, but is also a figure that helps mold your future self. Whether they inspire you through their experiences, teaches you ways to help better yourself, or motivate you in a sense that makes you want to strive to be where they are– it’s pretty clear to me, that a role model is much more than just someone you simply look up to. Mine are:

  • Amy Cuddy – Harvard Professor and Psychologist. Her Tedtalk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” really gave me the confidence to put good use to “fake it until you become it.” Basically she explains that we’re not always going to be comfortable with everything but even when we are faced with life’s adversities — as long as we handle ourselves in a manner that we think would be appropriate, we can break out uncomfortableness and start becoming what we want to be. She’s the reason why I have such confidence.

  • Chiara Ferragni – blogger for The Blonde Salad, fashionist/designer. She started her career with a simple blog that she started in 2009. Her tips on fashion, pictures of travels, and her overall personality really makes brings that freshness to the world of social media. She taught me to always follow your dreams because you never know when you’ll catch a break!
  • Malala Yousafzai – education activist. This Pakistani girl had the courage to speak up about women’s right to education. There was an attempted assasination because she spoke so openly about her beliefs and even after that — SHE STILL spoke for the importance of educating women. It’s amazing how we complain about so many things when there are people out there that would die to have what we have. She reminds me to be appreciative of all of our rights and freedom, as well as never giving up in what you believe in.

  • James Edward Franco – actor, author, director, professor, poet, artist, model, etc — this dapper mother effer, is pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Not only is he good looking but is also brilliant and versatile. How many celebrities do you know that is so open with his fans on social media sites such as instagram? I could literally spend hours upon hours talking about this man but we’ll let his resume do all the talking. He motivates me to be brilliant

So, as much as I love Britney Spears and admire Hillary Clinton — these four are my role models. 

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