8 Good Celebrity Teen Role Models ...


It seems like the media is constantly bombarding us with horror stories of teen celebs behaving badly, but why do we so rarely hear about good celebrity teen role models?

I know there are loads of them out there, compassionate, well-behaved young celebs who make great role models.

Some are actresses, some are athletes, all are admirable in their own ways.

Here are my picks for the best celebrity teen role models.

1. Demi Lovato

I know what you’re thinking: she’s not one of the good celebrity teen role models! But I disagree. She showed great strength and courage when she went public with her battle with an eating disorder and self-mutilation. She’s been very candid about the devastation bullying wrought in her life, and has been a very vocal advocate of various anti-bullying causes. She’s also a very talented actress and singer. Remember her guest performance in Grey’s Anatomy? Brilliant!

2. Gabby Douglas

Like every other woman in America, I was so incredibly proud of Gabby Douglas during the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she took gold in both the individual and team all-around gymnastic competitions.

She was the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to win the individual all-around, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.2

She also demonstrated remarkable dignity and grace when, after this amazing accomplishment, she was taken to task about her hairdo.

Want to learn more about Gabby?

Check out her autobiography, “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith.”

3. Keke Palmer

According to her bio on Wikipedia, Keke Palmer is an “actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, voice actress, and activist.” That’s a long list for such a young lady (she’s only 19)!

What makes her such a good role model, of course, is that last one, the activist.

She’s very involved with several causes she believes help empower girls, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA, the Girl Scouts, and the "Saving Our Daughters" oath project, which is a bullying prevention project.

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