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Six Reasons Why Zooey Deschanel Is An Amazing Role Model

Updated on August 29, 2017

Zooey Deschanel - An inspirational role model

Zooey Deschanel is an American actress and singer. The Golden Globe, Grammy award and Comedy Award nominee is probably most recognised for her excellent roles in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Elf", "(500) Days of Summer", "The Happening" and the television show "New Girl".Behind those deep blue eyes, however, Zooey is one of the most inspirational women and a powerful role model in today's world. This article explores just why.

She reaches out to bullies

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In her youth, Zooey was a victim of bullying. As she gained fame Zooey reached out to her former bullies, but did not attack them. Instead she expressed to them her feelings in a very mature and adult manner and spoke to them about the impact they had on her life. She also wanted to understand why her bullies were so hostile to her while they were growing up. Zooey has never used her past as a bullying victim to gain attention nor has she ever used her celebrity status to belittle others.

She values personal lives

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Zooey guards her personal, love and private lives very closely. She protects them from the media and doesn’t use them for fame or attention, unlike the majority of celebrities these days. By doing this, she is showing others, especially young women who aspire to follow her footsteps, that you don’t need to expose every inch of your life to the world to gain fame or popularity.

Ten Funny Tweets By Zooey

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She is an advocate for self love

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In today’s world, the media, particularly Hollywood, has made people obsessed with body image. Thousands of women every year fall into a spiral of depression over their body image thanks to Hollywood (Thinnywood?). Zooey however does not care about body issues and is hugely against Hollywood’s “anorexic” image. She criticises Hollywood’s unrealistic standards and explains how dangerously detrimental they are on the self-esteem of women all over the globe. She tries to educate people that you do not need to be skinny or anorexic to be a successful star.The only other celebrity I can recall at this time who thinks the same way as Zooey in this matter is Jennifer Lawrence.

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Which of these, in your opinion, is a more powerful role model and why?

Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That's just the greatest feeling.

— Zooey Deschanel

She is an advocate for femininity and women's rights

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Zooey identifies as a feminist, but not as a modern feminist.
Modern feminism seems to imply that women need to act like men with vaginas in order to get what they want. Zooey however does not believe in this. Zooey believes that women have the right to be as girly and sensitive as they like and still get the equality they deserve. She shares similar views to the famous dissident feminist Camille Paglia.
I myself am a man, and I fully support Zooey’s views on feminism.

New Girl on DVD

New Girl - Season 1 [DVD]
New Girl - Season 1 [DVD]

New Girl is a fantastic TV series starring Zooey Deschanel. Buy now and experience her adorkableness.


A lot of people work out to be skinny. That's so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.

— Zooey Deschanel

She has iron skin - (Move over Tony Stark!)

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Zooey does not let other people put her down. She refuses to be hurt by negative comments. Zooey has spoken out against people who timidly hide behind the computer screen and criticise her. She has made it clear that she is who she is and nobody can take that away from her. This will show others to ignore the trolls, shrug off the critics and just be who you are. You can’t please everyone and you never will.

She is adorkable

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Zooey is an ambassador of dorkiness. She puts the fun and cute back into being a dork. She represents all of the dorks out in the world, giving them a much needed boost to their confidence. She is quirky and retro, which is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of Gaga and Cyrus imitators. Zooey always strives to be a good role model, she always dresses appropriately, never makes a spectacle of herself, always tries to be herself in such a superficial world and carefully chooses on-screen roles that are relatable.She has inspired a new word - adorkable.

I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal.

— Zooey Deschanel

The conclusion

Zooey Deschanel is a fresh of breath air. A sigh of relief. She restores our faith in humanity.
In a world obsessed with so many unrealistic expectations, impossible goals and a culture of twerking, sexism and dresses made of meat, Zooey brings back the normal in normality.
She is a role model, an inspiration for many people and is undoubtedly one of the fine ladies every parent hopes their daughter will look up to.

Thank you Zooey, for being you.

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Do you look up to Zooey Deschanel? - Is Zooey a good role model to you? Are there any other celebrities who make great role models?

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    • Scott A Butler profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott A. Butler 

      4 years ago from England

      @Susie05: Thank you!She certainly is a fantastic role model and we need many, many more of her! :)

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      4 years ago

      Great Lens! I think Zooey is a Great role model for girls! We need more people like her...


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