Published On: Fri, Oct 7th, 2016

Kate Middleton trumped by Michelle Obama to 'top female role model' title

Research has revealed the most inspirational and empowering female role models for young girls.

American lawyer Michelle Obama – who is also First Lady of the United States of America – topped the poll closely followed by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Jessica Ennis-Hill, athlete and Olympic gold medalist.

British women took seven out of ten places in the top ten list, compiled after research by Disney. 

Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling and HRH The Queen were proudly in the list. 

American actress Angelina Jolie represented the united states alongside Michelle Obama. 

Malala Yousafzai – a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate – took the tenth place. 

Judy Reith, parenting expert, author of Seven Secrets of Raising Girls, said: “Girls need strong role models when growing up so it is good to see they are looking up to an inspirational list of caring, courageous and determined female figures. 

“It is also positive news that many parents believe their children are more caring, compassionate and confident than they were when they were young, which can only be positive news as girls step out and make their mark in the world.”

The top 10 female role models are:

  1. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America (10 per cent)
  2. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (8 per cent)
  3. Jessica Ennis-Hill, athlete and Olympic gold medalist (8 per cent)
  4. J.K Rowling, author (5 per cent)
  5. Laura Trott, cyclist and Olympic gold medalist (4 per cent)
  6. Holly Willoughby, TV presenter and charity campaigner (4 per cent)
  7. Angelina Jolie, actor and humanitarian (3 per cent)
  8. Emma Watson, actor and campaigner (2 per cent)
  9. The Queen (2 per cent)
  10. Malala Yousafzai, activist and Nobel Prize winner (2 per cent)

The news is thanks to Disney Princess’s work with over 5,000 parents to define exactly what it means to be a Princess. 

Research revealed it’s not about titles, tiaras or marrying Princes, but about caring for others, not judging a book by its cover and believing in yourself. .

The Principles have been made into posters by three of the UK’s top illustrators (two of whom are London-based — Rose Blake and Kate Moross), and are being given away for free in an effort to encourage girls to believe in themselves and follow their dream

Anna Hill from Disney, said: “It is fantastic that thousands of parents have helped us define the principles of a modern day Princess. 

“And the illustrators have done a great job of bringing the Principles to life in the posters, which we hope will end up on bedroom walls across the country and help inspire girls to dream big.”

The Princess Principles posters are available online as a free downloadable print from the Disney Inspired website (www.disneyinspired.co.uk). 5,000 printed posters will also be available for free in Disney Stores across the UK.

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