My own mother modeled to me a lot of strength of conviction in what she did professionally speaking. She had an inner sense of conviction about genuinely helping people and making the world a better place around you. My family was in a very conservative profession, and from an early age -- taught me to "dress the part"-- with paying attention to how you are dressed, wearing a pleasing fragrance, and exhibiting good taste in makeup application and styles. She used the term "Lady-like", which was a standard to live up to.
I will always be thankful to my Mom for being such a classic role model for me. She was always the perfect "lady", and maintained that throughout her entire life.
Other women that I look up to--
Princess Diana, Mother Theresa, Oprah Winfrey, Ann Richards, Amelia Earheart, and at times Hilary Clinton (although I don't agree with all of her political decisions, etc...).
I admire a number of singers and actresses for their professional accomplishments such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Tina Celine Dion, Christina Aguelera, Jewel, Barbara Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Anniston, etc....
We are very lucky to have such talented singers and actresses that demonstrate many different reflections of "who" the ideal woman is-- and why.
We are surrounded by women on TV, in the movies, and in magazines that look great in their clothing, makeup, and the feminine mannerisms that the camera catches glimpses of. However, I feel that often these images are empty shells and don't have a lot of depth.