Whether made up or real. These women are remarkable role models.
Summarizing an entire generation’s role models is not easy. Especially when there are 15 years between the oldest and youngest of the same generation. This means that the oldest Gen Zers are already in their 20s, and the youngest are only 12 years old. So the role models from my childhood (2000s Gen Z) are very unlikely to be the same as those of younger Gen Zers. This list therefore refers to the role models of older Gen Zs.
The year is 2012. You turn on the television and it shows all your favorite stars. Whether it’s an actress or a singer. They all have a special fascination for you. You look up to them. They are your heroines.
It is them:
1. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has been dating for the past decadevictoriousCharacter worked up to become one of the most outstanding and popular artists in the world. Of course, with the great fame came a lot of criticism. Everything the beautiful singer does is critically scrutinized and often questioned. But Ariana is undeterred and continues on her own path.
It is difficult for many Disney stars to make the transition from children’s/teen films and series to more mature content in Hollywood. The image that comes with Disney is hard for many to put down. Many are therefore accused in this transition process of having become problematic. But let’s face it: these stars grow up, and at some point they grow up for Disney, too. Zendaya made the transition from teen celebrity to Hollywood stardom with ease through her authentic demeanor and has been a role model for Gen Z ever since.
3. Kim Possible
Kim Possible from the Disney series of the same name proves that girls and women are strong and brave. In fact, in the series, Kim is the one fearlessly saving the world, while her boyfriend and sidekick… Ron Stoppable often takes on the anxious, weaker part. But Kim isn’t just a superhero, she’s also a popular high school cheerleader and a perfectly normal older sister. Kim taught Gen Z that categories don’t exist and you can be whatever you want.
4. The Cheetah Girls
These four friends stick together, support and love each other because of their different ways. The Cheetah Girls used to show Gen Z that they shouldn’t try to fit in because the right people will love them – just the way they are.
5. Hannah Montana
A normal student in the morning and a pop star in the afternoon and evening? Hannah Montana from the Disney series of the same name proves that anything is possible. Gen Z just needs to follow their dreams and each of us can live those dreams.
6. Katniss Everdeen
I think Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Gamesseries is probably one of the reasons why Gen Z often goes for “confrontation”. Especially when it comes to injustice or other socially important topics such as climate change. Katniss proved that it’s important to fight for yourself, those around you, and a better world, and that it will all pay off in the end.
7. Taylor Swift
Women supporting each other? we love Taylor Swift is especially known in Hollywood for her loyal “ride or die” attitude towards her friends. But Taylor is not only popular in her environment, but also among her fans, whom she occasionally surprises with birthday wishes or concert tickets. Down-to-earth and friendly, it’s no wonder this talented musician is a role model for Gen Z.
8. Elle Woods
Switch from fashion to law to get your ex back, then discover your passion for law, finally ditch your ex, win your first case while still in college, graduate with honors and look good all the time? It’s from Elle Wood Natural blonde and I think it goes without saying that Elle is a huge role model for Gen Z because of her remarkable achievements.
Merida off Merida – The Legend of the Highlands shows how important it is to stand up for yourself. In this Disney movie, the Highland princess is supposed to get married. The freedom-loving Merida is reluctant to do this, and she tries everything to prove that even as a single princess, she is exactly what her people need. Finally, a princess who doesn’t wait for her prince and takes her destiny into her own hands. A message that Gen Z internalized from an early age.
Actress and UN ambassador at the same time? Emma Watson can only be a role model for Gen Z. At her young age, Emma has already done a lot to make the world a better place and with her dedicated nature, she has encouraged many people to follow her deeds. For example, Emma campaigns for the abolition of child marriage or designs fair trade clothes in her spare time.
Aquamarine from the film of the same name is a mermaid who becomes human on land. Therefore, it is not surprising that she is not familiar with the culture and the way people are treated. Due to her lack of knowledge, many around her perceive her as strange, but Aquamarine doesn’t mind. She stays true to herself and is not swayed by what others say about it.
12. Princess Tiana
Finally, a Disney princess who doesn’t live in a fairytale castle, but has to work hard for her dreams. Tiana works two jobs to eventually save enough money to open her own restaurant. She has a great work ethic and believes that anything is possible as long as you work hard enough towards it.
Which of these women is your role model? Tell me in the comments.
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