Who Are Our Role Models?

Today, the question of role models arise as Coca Cola drop footballer Wayne Rooney from their ad campaigns.  A definition for a role model is A person who serves as a model in a particular behavioral or social role for another person to emulate. Does Wayne Rooney fit this?

For me, no way. He may be a great footballer which has given him celebrity status because the media have created a star out of him but he is far from a role model.

I think we as a society have to be really careful of who we call role models. Yes children do want to play football like him but do they want to be like him? I would hope not. We as parents need to teach our children appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.

So who are our role models? Who do we look up to and aspire to be like? Are they celebrities or members of our family and friends? As an Asian female growing up in the UK, there were hardly any celebrity Asian role models so for me, when Meera Syal came into the limelight, I wanted to be just like her.  She was for a rebel with a cause. She was funny, clever and witty and she wasn’t afraid to share her views.

I would also look closer to home and say that my grandfather is one of my heros and role models. I have always looked up to him and my values stem from his.

I think it is important to have role models but they have to be ones that demonstrate positive behaviour rather than negative.  God forbid a world of Wayne Rooney’s.



4 Comments to “Who Are Our Role Models?”

  1. Another great post. Thanks for sharing this. I enjoy reading your blog very much. Spending time with my family and doing fun activities is something that truly makes me happy.

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    • Thank you for sharing this article.. The value of the people around you are so important. Delighted that you enjoy the blog. Please keep sharing.

  2. Maybe the term role model is over used. Remember when newspapers were running stories about school girls naming Katie Price/Jordan as their role model?

    People are imperfect, celebrity or not so I think it’s nice to have role models in the family or from your social netowork. There is not one single famous female who I aspire to be like. That’s quite sad too.

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