In my day-to-day life I have a distinct lack of real life role models – especially female ones. Every writer that I admire is male, and most women that I admire are fictional. It’s sad. So I gave it a little thought and I came up with my top five real-life role models, and it wasn’t too hard. They are primarily for fashion reasons, but that isn’t the end of the world. These women are popular, good looking, and not always the most ‘feminist’ choice. But I think that anybody who inspires you to get up and be better counts as a role model. Don’t judge my personal choices.
4. Alexa Chung
Fun Fact: I once walked past her at a festival and was too scared to say anything. I am absolutely kicking myself about it now. She is good looking, funny, dresses impeccably and just wrote a book. A book in which she talks fashion and some of my favourite movies. She is an absolute princess and every day that I look at her Instagram is a day that I dress better.
3. Katy Perry
I have loved Katy since 2008. I thought I hated her at first, I thought that she was an annoying attention seeker who wanted the whole world to know that she kissed a girl. But then Waking Up in Vegas came out, and I changed my mind. Since then I have seen her live, watched Part of Me, and done more than enough research to know that she isn’t so bad. She is not homophobic, she is not offensive. She is funny and she cares and her music isn’t to offend you or put across some opinion of hers – it’s usually meant to be funny.
2. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is one of the smartest women in the world. She is also a complete and utter shithead. Have you ever heard her real voice? I have. She has a gravelly, masculine voice that any man would be jealous of. She has created a fabricated world of stupidity and materialism as a cover for her real vulnerability and fear, and as a way to make money. She is a genius and an expert money maker. She has been racist, homophobic, shown her boobs, been a party girl, had a sex tape released – and somehow, she is still standing. She is beyond parody. She is also very funny, and I absolutely idolise her without shame.
1. Nicole Richie
When I was between the ages of 12 and 17, I adored Good Charlotte. I still do, but not in the way I used to. I adored and idolised the Madden brothers with all my heart and soul, and when Joel got together with Nicole I wasn’t a huge fan. I said that if she was a good mother to his children that I’d like her – and thank goodness she was. Discovering Nicole was an important day for me. I watched The Simple Life religiously and I found that unlike Paris, Nicole was genuinely very funny in her own dark way. She is so smart. She is gorgeous and talented and has a humour not unlike my own. It is filthy and awful and she needs censoring for at least half of the entire episode time.