Role models are something children, adolescents and adults all have; the person they admire and sometimes idolize. A role model is a person who always knows how to be an exemplar for manners and good behaviour.
With Justin Bieber trending as always (and not for the right reasons) it is safe to say he is not a good epitome of a role model. In fact he is quite the opposite. A role model would not egg a neighbor’s house causing damages worth over $20,000, nor would a good role model get arrested for drag racing under the influence. Not only does this put him in danger, it puts other people in danger too and can make impressionable people think it’s okay to do such a thing.
So who is a good role model then? It’s an obvious one for me. Audrey Hepburn. She was not just a style icon, beautiful actress and gorgeous woman; she was a humanitarian who cared about the wellbeing and health of others. There is nothing I like better than to curl up in front of Funny Face or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but what makes this experience even better is all the good deeds she did in her 63 years of life.
Towards the end of her life Hepburn devoted more of her time to UNICEF, a charity that helps mothers and children in LEDCs or developing countries. Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity in 1954 and because of her amazing and selfless work with the charity she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
Hepburn’s good deeds did not stop there between 1988-1992 she travelled around South America, Asia and Africa visiting disadvantaged communities, helping and aiding them. Some of these communities suffered from drought starvation and diseases.
Audrey is the essence and manifestation of a true woman role model. She didn’t spit on her fans, she held herself with grace and elegance. She was happy with her body and was loved and adored for being herself and not being afraid to show it. Although Hepburn past away in 1993, he legacy will never die. Her films will always be classics and her good deeds and kindness to the less fortunate will always be remembered.
I can’t help to think that if Justin Bieber had a role model like Audrey Hepburn, he himself could become a decent and respected role model to the millions of fans that adore him. An example of a role model Bieber could have might be somebody like Paul McCartney. An icon in his own right and somebody who in his day had his fair share of dramas and safely came out of the other side, still a music legend.
A role model does not have to be famous though. A role model could be anyone who inspires you, someone you respect and love. A mother, father, sibling, aunt or uncle, anybody who is the presentation of the person you’d like to become.
Words By Mia Riley