I think that we have preconceived notions of whom or what celebrities are. The truth is they are just the same as us, only their lives are put on public display at all times. They are subject to rash, snap judgments by the general public for no other reason than because we can. I think that some celebrities are idolized for trivial and materialistic reasons, but there are quite a few celebrities who use their fame and recognition to bring awareness to causes that they care about and believe in.
These are the celebrities that I look up to and admire. I respect them for using their fame to help the world or animals or hunger, whatever the cause they may care about.
I am also inspired by celebrities who are unapologetically themselves. I think we take for granted that we can be whoever we want and do whatever we want with out thousands of people judging us. Sure people still judge us, but our lives are for the most part not on public display for the whole world to see and judge.
I can admire the strength and self-confidence it takes to be who you are, eat what you want, say what you feel, wear what you want and not care what people might be thinking or saying about you. A mentality like that is something to strive for in my opinion, and everyone on this list exemplifies these traits. I am inspired by their actions and the way that they carry themselves, in business and in their everyday lives.
Nikki Reed has recently become one of my most favorite celebrities, not because of the work she has done on screen, although she is a great actress, but because of all the wonderful things that she does and represents in her everyday life. Her recurring beauty and nutrition column, Take 5 with Nikki Reed, on Elle.com, is amazing. I wish that she would post more often as I am constantly checking the site to see if she has posted anything new and I just missed it!
Nikki lives a very active and healthy lifestyle and from what I can tell is holistic in the things she eats and puts on her body. She is also an avid animal lover and advocate. She has also collaborated with Freedom of Animals to help promote their vegan and cruelty free bags, which look lovely.
Also, before I forget, I have major brow envy. She probably has some of the best eyebrows I have ever seen. I can only hope one day that my eyebrows and my lifestyle choices will look slightly similar to hers.
Lauren Graham has been a long time favorite of mine since my days of watching back-to-back reruns of “Gilmore Girls” when I got home from school.
I have enjoyed watching the different roles she has played both on screen and off. She was amazing on “Parenthood”; I am so guilty of getting too emotionally invested in that show and crying along with her in almost every episode, like I’m sure many other fans did too.
I devoured her book “Someday, Someday, Maybe” and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, which hopefully is coming soon! I absolutely loved her writing style and the way she told her story. It made me want to try to write a book that was just as relatable and down to earth as hers was.
I have loved her commitment to the characters she has played and the way she can make you feel like you know her. I also admire her attitude and take on life. She is hilarious on twitter and in interviews; I always love seeing what she is up to next.
Kristen Bell has been one of my favorite actors since I first starting watching, and instantly becoming obsessed with, Veronica Mars. I soon realized that she is a completely honest, funny and confident woman; all traits that I aim to have in my own life.
In every interview that I have seen, she seems to be so down to earth and really loves her life and what she does. She is hilarious and isn’t afraid to say and act how she really feels, even if it makes her look a bit ridiculous at times.
And I have to mention her relationship with Dax Shepard, which is something to strive towards. They seem so happy and carefree and loving and I feel like that is how a relationship should be.
Plus, PS, she is vegan and an environmental activist too!
Leighton Meester is the epitome of an indie, cool girl. She has taken the indie movie world by storm, in my mind anyway, and I have liked almost everything she has done. I think that she has really come into her own as a person and with her style since “Gossip Girl” ended. Don’t get me wrong I like “Gossip Girl;” I just like Leighton more now since the show has ended.
She is also a singer and I absolutely love her songs and her vibe. I feel like it has kind of an indie rock feel, with a bit of a folky vibe weaved into it. I went to see her perform in person and she just seemed like a very chill person. A lot of people were there because they wanted to see Blair Waldorf, but my friend and I were there to see Leighton. You could kind of tell that she wanted to be recognized for herself and not the character she played, but she was still polite and welcoming to all her GG fans.
It seems like she is completely comfortable being herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and that is an outlook that I am trying to adopt for myself. I love her fashion sense and her carefree attitude; she never tries to be anyone but herself and I like that about her.
All of the other celebrities that I mentioned I admire because of their lifestyle choices and their business endeavors, as well as their personal beauty and fashion styles, but I admire JK Rowling for entirely different reasons.
She is an amazing writer and a successful businesswoman, but she is also so much more than that. She is strong, independent, fearless and determined. She has taught me to never give up on my dreams.
I will leave you with the speech that J.K. Rowling gave at the Harvard commencement ceremony in 2008. It’s a bit long, but so worth it.