WTDWTK 2012 Best & Worst Role Models



We again asked adults: Who are the best and worst role models for boys and girls.

Much like our first report last year, finding the worst role models was extremely easy while suggestions for the best were few and far between. With 401 responses, results were tabulated based on all responses received and is not scientific in any way.

The overwhelming choice for worst role model for boys was Lance Armstrong. Many commented on how they felt he betrayed his fans for cheating but many also commented that his work with his charitable organization raising funds for cancer research would have made him a very good role model.

Malala Yousafzai is the fourteen year old Pakistani girl who has been active in promoting the right for girls to be educated despite the threats and attempted assassination by the Taliban. She is currently recovering from her wounds in the UK.

The worst role model for girls was a pretty close race with Kim Kardashian edging out Lindsay Lohan. Last year’s number one, Paris Hilton, had edged Kardashian but that was before her “marriage” which made headlines after our poll closed for 2011. Although Lindsay had a good run with her legal problems and Playboy spread, Kim’s reality shows kept her name at the top of most parent’s lists as the worst role model for girls.

Justin Beiber retains his number one spot as the best role model for boys in 2012.
Over 400 people from the United States, Canada and the UK sent their nominees. Here are the results:


Best Role Models for Girls

  1. Malala Yousufzai – Pakistani Activist
  2. Taylor Swift – Singer
  3. Selena Gomez – Singer/Actress
  4. Michele Obama – First Lady
  5. Ellen Degeneres – Talk Show Host


Best Role Models for Boys

  1. Justin Beiber – Singer
  2. Usain Bolt – Olympic Athlete
  3. Barack Obama – President
  4. Michael Phelps – Olympic Athlete
  5. Justin Timberlake – Singer/Actor


Worst Role Models for Girls

  1. Kim Kardashian – Reality TV
  2. Lindsay Lohan - Actress
  3. Amanda Bynes– Actress 
  4. Kardashians – Reality TV
  5. Miley Cyrus – Singer


Worst Role Models for Boys

  1. Lance Armstrong – Cyclist
  2. Ashton Kutcher – Actor
  3. Chris Brown – Singer
  4. Simon Cowell – Reality TV 
  5. Men from Jersey Shore – Reality TV


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