Many times too often, we are left feeling lost and abandoned, confused and wondering which way to turn or which route to take. Throughout high school I remember feeling extremely puzzled as to how I should act, what I should wear, the person that I should be. Whenever teachers ask me to define my personality I wouldn’t even have a clue where to start because I had so many personalities, how can I just choose one? And which one is the most appealing?
That is where role models come in. I’ve heard this word all the time, ever since I was young. But I wouldn’t fully comprehend its importance until years, years later. They give you a platform to strive to be the person you want to be, setting examples and giving advice. For a lot of my high school career I’d considered many times to perhaps take the “trashy” road, because I hated how my baby face made me seem so vulnerable and weak. My mother, of course, was against this at all costs.
Then I became interested in Ms. Audrey Hepburn and the rest is history. Her grace, elegance, and class were all the things I loved in her, and she’s influenced me in ways that I could’ve never imagined.
When you’re feeling lost or confused, look for someone to admire. Or better yet, a friend once told me, become a role model yourself. Set great examples for the younger generations to follow. What I’ve been learning recently also is that a bit of kindness goes a long way. Strive to become a better person without negativity or hate and you’ll see the world in a completely different light.
So today I want to share four women who I consider as my greatest influences to this date:
1. Audrey Hepburn: kindness
OBVIOUSLY, Ms. Hepburn must be on the list! One of the greatest things I love about her is her true beauty inside and out. She never found herself particularly beautiful (even though she was stunning) and believed that love could fix anything. Her son described her as “his best friend”, and she never followed the trends during her time either. Instead, she set her own trends. Being a mother was so important to her (the reason why she wouldn’t marry William Holden, since he couldn’t bear children) that she had even taken time to move out of her fame and popularity to become a full-time mother. Her status of kindness is one that I can never reach but hey, a girl can dream.
2. Natalie Portman: smartness
What surprised me most about Mrs. Portman is that she’d graduated from HARVARD! She’d once stated that she’d rather be smart than a movie star, and her intelligence greatly helps me strive to achieve much knowledge myself. She has such a smart look to her, yet she can also portray herself as sexy and scandalous, proving how well she can act. Not to mention she’s vegan and has stuck to such morals since her teenage years. She also acted as a doctor in No Strings Attached, one of my favorite movies. Natalie, may I be as smart and talented as you?
3. Lauren Conrad: stylishness
I liked her a lot after The Hills, but even during the show I found her to be of the chic, next-door-type gal, a style that I absolutely love. Now she has a super cool instagram and website, a place that I visit regularly for pretty pictures and outfit ideas, as well as etiquette. She writes books and even has her own clothing line at Kohl’s! Her style is so well put together and I love the soft colors and prints. Her artistic style is what I would like to achieve in my lifetime.
4. Jacqueline Kennedy: fierceness
JFK’s uber beautiful wife may seem frail and delicate on the outside, but she was one of the strongest women I have ever read about. It always amazes me how she’d handled her husband’s assassination situation, how from then on she vowed that her life would be solely to take care of her children, how she didn’t want her husband’s image to be tainted. She raised her children so well to become their own independent person. Her poise and strength amazes me every time I read about her.
Who are some other great people to look up to? Tell me in the comments below!