Whether we think highly of celebs or want to be just like our mates, we all have role models we like to look up to.
But what does your role model say about you? Should we be looking to celebs to set an example or should we look closer to home?
We asked n2k readers for their take on selecting a role model and heard some surprising opinions.
All up to you
Kyla, 15, reckons how your life turns out is all up to you, not a role model. “I don’t really look up to anyone,” she says. “I think you should control your own destiny and make your achievements for yourself.”
Hollywood is bad
Another person not looking to Hollywood for inspiration is 15-year-old Cris. “I don’t think celebrities make good role models. Some of them take drugs and get drunk all the time!”
Respect your mates
Trina, 17, agrees. “People look up to Paris Hilton and I think it is wrong! She hasn’t any talents and just got where she is because of money,” she explains. Trina reckons your role models are all around you. “You should respect your friends and be like them.”
Unreal role models
So disillusioned with famous people is Mark, 17, that he looks for his heroes in print. “With the exception of my parents, I tend to admire fictional role models,” he tells us.
“If they’re between the two covers of a book their behaviour is far less likely to disappoint than the transience and fame-hungry ‘celebrities’ of the modern mass media age.”
Look to the stars
Not everybody reckons famous people are mad role models, but it seems to depend on the reason behind their fame. Farah, 16, explains: “I look to people like Nelson Mandela and Hillary Clinton, people who make a difference in the world and make people feel better.”
Home is where the heart is
For some, family came first. Says Penni, 17: ” I would have to say that my grandparents are my role models because they have struggled a lot in life but still are a loving family.”
Kim, 16, also looks closer to home. “I respect people who have worked hard to achieve what they have not people who do it on reality TV or have rich parents,” she says before explaining “my biggest heroes are my family and friends”.