Selena Gomez in Spring BreakersAnswered by Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting expert
Q. I'm a 13-year-old girl who misses Selena Gomez when she wasn't so grown up. Who are some other alternative role models? My list so far is: Zendaya Coleman, Bella Thorne, Bridgit Mendler, and Ariana Grande.
A. Selena Gomez sure has grown up, hasn't she? The good news is that your new choices (for anyone who might not be familiar with them) are all Disney and Nickelodeon stars whose music and acting work (Shake It Up, Lemonade Mouth, Freak the Freak Out) is mostly wholesome and totally appropriate for preteens and teens. So far, so good!
But when you're seeking role models, challenge yourself to look beyond appearances. These young entertainers actually work really hard to train their voices and bodies. To get where they are, they've had to be disciplined, smart, and, of course, talented. That's what's admirable.
Also consider finding role models in your every day life -- they don't have to be celebrities.Read More »from Q&A: Which Celebrities Are Good Role Models for Girls?