15 Inspirational Role Models to Look Up to!!!
Role models may vary from person to person, still these amazing personalities have stood up for things they believed in and stood out in whatever they did.
Be it fighting against bullying and child hunger or expressing themselves against gender norms and status quo.
They’ve inspired millions of people around the world.
Let’s take a look at the 15 most inspirational role models to look up to as of 2023.
|1.||Sanna Marin||Prime Minister|
|3.||Brian Hooks||Actor, Comedian|
|4.||Nadeen Ashraf||Feminist activist|
|5.||John Jumper||Sr. research scientist|
|7.||Bart Staszewski||Film Director|
|8.||Paloma Elsasser||Plus-size model|
|9.||Li Jiaqi Austin||Influencer|
|13.||Telfar Clements||Fashion Designer|
|14.||Megan Thee Stallion||Singer, Songwriter|
Inspirational Role Models to Look Up to
This list is taken out from Time’s Most Influential 100 for 2023.
15. Omar Tate
Omar Tate is a black chef from Philadelphia. He’s been enthusiastic about the food industry since he was a child.
Tate started working in the food industry at a very young age.
He felt that the food represented under the black community was bland and did not show what their food actually tasted like.
Then, he started creating intricately conceptual dinners known as Honeysuckle pop-ups. He describes having food as having an experience and not just tasting it.
Tate tells a story with every dish he presents with pieces of his experiences.
He is known for redefining what ‘restaurant’ means and actively helping black chefs to establish themselves in the food industry.
Tate likes to take inspiration from jazz, hip-hop, and literature to create these exquisite dishes.
14. Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Javon Ruth Pete is an American rapper and songwriter. She is known for her hits on the billboard charts but is loved for raising her voice against injustice.
With many cases of racism being highlighted lately, she has been using her platform to address black victims of police brutality.
She’s made it clear that she will never stop speaking for the rights of black people and especially women.
Also, Megan has stood out with her emphasis on education. While most artists would not be adamant about continuing their education after stardom, she refuses to quit.
She states that she would like to continue pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She wanted to make her mother proud, who, however, passed away in March 2019.
13. Telfar Clemens
Telfar Clemens is a Liberian-American fashion designer and DJ. He is famous for his involvement in Unisex fashion.
In 2005 when he was still studying at Peace University, he founded his unisex fashion brand: Telfar.
Unisex fashion was not entirely popular at the time.
Over time, Telfar gained more popularity because of its sustainable production as opposed to fast fashion. The company’s mission statement “not for you- for everyone” reflects it.
The items are made with vegan leather, which increased its popularity among animal activists as well.
12. Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh is an English actress. She is known for her role in the psychological thriller Midsommar, Little Women, and her recent feature in Black Widow.
The Oscar-nominated actress has won 31 international awards and has been nominated for 69 awards as of 2021.
Florence has helped raise funds for non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also partnered with Simon Armitage to voice against domestic violence. She has contributed both spoken word and vocals to a song regarding the matter.
11. Sydney Mclaughlin
Sydney Michelle McLaughlin is an American hurdler, Sprinter, and Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the record for Women’s 400 meters hurdles with a time of 51.46 seconds.
Besides being an excellent athlete, Sydney has the potential to impact lives. She actively advocates for a cause she truly believes in; Anti-Bullying.
She tries to show girls and women that success doesn’t always make life easy. Bullying happens even to someone beautiful, and our voice has power beyond what we can imagine.
Thereby, she has been a constant proponent of anti-bullying and has persuaded many to join her.
10. Anthony Ramos
Anthony Ramos Martinez is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Though he was born in America, his parents are Puerto Rican, making him close to the culture.
When he started working in the Holywood, he shared his challenges, especially regarding his Puerto Rican heritage.
During his early auditions, Ramos was told to get out of the ‘Latino box’ and fit into American standards. He states that Latin artists are underrepresented.
Ramos has been working to encourage 32 million eligible Latino voters in the US to vote.
While growing up, he did not feel like the government prioritized them in politics, and now, he wants to change that.
9. Li Jiaqi Austin
Austin Jiaqi Li is a makeup sensation in China, the second largest industry in the world.
Li once sold 15,000 lipsticks in just 5 minutes. He also set a world record in 2019 for the most application to Models in 30 seconds.
What makes him stand out even more is that he is not afraid to diss luxury brands. When he reviews them, he recommends those he likes and critiques those he doesn’t.
This makes his recommendations even more convincing.
Li brought Alibaba more than $145 million worth of sales. He has a net worth of around $5 million.
8. Paloma Elessar
Paloma Kai Elessar is a British- born Swiss-American plus-size model. She is ad advocate for change and has been actively working towards disrupting the status quo.
Paloma expressed that while entering the modeling industry, she was a target of social media critique. They told her “she was too fat”, “not tall enough”, and “can’t walk”.
Elessar stated that “a huge proportion of the world still wants a thin white woman modeling clothes. But there are also tons of people who don’t and want to see something different.”
She is working to promote the change that she believes in and is supporting numerous plus-size models.
7. Bart Stazewski
Bart Stazewski is a Polish producer and a social and LGBT activist. He is the co-founder of the equality march in the European nation that promotes same-sex couples.
He came to fame by directing Article Eighteen. The documentary explains why the European nation still hasn’t passed a law on same-sex couples despite twenty-five years of freedom and democracy.
Bart has been getting death threats and constant intimidation because of his voice on same-sex marriage. Previously, major Lech Kaczynski tried to ban the equality parade as well.
His courage has inspired millions to come out and speak up for themselves. The LGBT community highly appreciates him for fighting for them fearlessly.
6. Chloe Zhao
Chloe Zhao is a Chinese filmmaker. She is known for her movies about journeys of self-discovery. She moved to England in 1998, where she completed her high school education.
Her most successful film is Nomadland which is based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
As the name suggests, it is about a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and lives in a van as a nomad.
Chloe won an Oscar for directing Nomadland and became the first woman of color to win the award for Best Director.
She is also the first woman to get four Oscar nominations in one year; in the Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture categories.
5. John Jumper
John Jumper is a British personality. He is employed as a senior employees analysis person at Deepmind Technologies. It’s a British artificial intelligence subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. and Research Laboratory.
He has helped to establish a technological discovery that demonstrates the AI to unravel advanced issues and an improved ability to use proteins to know how diseases work, develop new medication, and more.
4. Nadeen Ashraf
Nadeen Ashraf is an Egyptian feminist. She was ranked as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the year in 2020.
She was additionally awarded the Changemaker Award at the Equality Now Virtual Gala, sponsored by Gucci.
Ashraf’s use of social media prompted the #metoo Movement within Egypt and helped copious to raise their voices against harassment.
Nadeen had a huge contribution to the Anti-Harassment revolution of Egypt. She is also the founder of the Instagram page ‘assault police.’
She originally created the account to bring out the culprit responsible for ruining the lives of 50+ silent victims in Egypt.
Later, it became a platform for women to come forth with their stories and share their statements without being anxious about anything.
3. Brian Hooks
Brian Hooks is an American actor, comedian, producer, and director. He is a philanthropist and chairman, and CEO of Stand Together. It is an American philanthropic organization.
They work with around 700 business leaders to empower individuals and take away barriers in business, education, and communities so that everyone succeeds.
Hooks is additionally the President of the Charles Koch Foundation, which supports analysis, learning key policy areas, as well as immigration.
2. Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford is an English soccer player who plays as a forward for the football club Manchester United and the England National team.
His team was the runner-up in the UEFA European Championships in 2020. Rashford has won many titles, including the FA Cup and EFC Cup with his club Manchester United.
He started charity work in 2019. Since then, Rashford has been continuously working to feed the hungry kids and help the homeless.
His Twitter campaign helped convince the UK government to provide free school meals to more than 1.5 million children from underprivileged families.
In addition, Rashford has raised more than €20 million, encouraging England’s poorest families to be provided with food vouchers during the lockdown.
1. Sanna Marin
Sanna Marin is serving as a Prime Minister of Finland since 2019. She became the world’s youngest prime minister at the age of 35.
Marin was raised by two mothers who made her stand up for the LGBT community. She comes from a middle-class family, making others associate with her even more.
Furthermore, Marin has constantly been working to eliminate sexism in politics. She pointed out how double standards are still prominent in our society.
Sanna expressed that we need laws and structures that lead to gender equality; it doesn’t happen by itself.
Her simplicity and how she raises her voice have inspired numerous and shown them that anything is possible.
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