Role Model - J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson

J.K. Rowling

"I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently."

"Large amounts of wealth bring a certain responsibility if you’re any kind of human being, then after you fulfil your family’s needs, you think, well how do I do some good with this?"

Best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, many do not know of her amazing philanthropy work, her ability to stay away from the spotlight, and her battles with mental illness.

J.K. Rowlings has been named Forbes wealthiest writer, and the world's second richest female entertainer. However, this wealth amassment has not resulted in the typical reaction of desiring more, but instead, all subsequent works she's done since Harry Potter, given all proceeds to the many organizations that she supports.

In 2000, J.K. Rowling started the VOLANT Charitable Trust  to support charitable causes focusing on MS research, and causes that "alleviate social depravation", specifically in regards to children and women. This is in addition to the dozens of causes, charities, and organizations she already is president of, donates to, and publicly supports.

An aside, personal, achievement for J.K. Rowling has been her battle and surmounting of depression and suicidal thoughts. She has been seen on Oprah speaking upon this matter, helping to lift the veil of stigma attached to mental illness. J.K. Rowling also used this experience in her books when creating Dementors , stating that they are a description of depression, an "absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad."

Beautiful, humble, strong, talented, and empowering girls both through her books and her philanthropy - what more could we want from a billionaire?

 Emma Watson For those of you not familiar with the Harry Potter franchise*, Emma Watson plays the character of Hermione Granger - known not only for her extraordinary intelligence, but also for her bravery and strength. Hermione has become a role model for girls, women, and people everywhere (especially book nerds such as myself), giving them an example that they can make a difference, and that their bookish skills can come in handy.

However, Emma Watson, not only fully embodies that character on screen, perfecting the Hermione from the books, but continues to inspire girls through being a role model outside of that character.

Education has maintained a priority for Emma Watson, managing to receive straight A grades in high school, while juggling filming Harry Potter. She attended Brown University for her first two years, and is about to start again at Oxford. Despite being only 21, she has already made the list for Hollywood's highest paid female actress, but wishes to continue in her education, as she states that it keeps her grounded.

Emma Watson has also turned into an incredibly beautiful young lady, modeling for Burberry, and expressing on her website how fascinated she is with fashion. Yet, she has not been sucked in by the industry, and instead, has turned it into a humanitarian effort - pairing with "People Tree" a fair-trade organic fashion brand.

Additionally, while she has absolutely stunning photo shoots, some of which are certainly sexy, she has continued to maintain her "good girl" image and personality, never posing in overly sensual, suggestive, or inappropriate manners. Proving that it is possible to be a strong, sexy, feminine woman, without succumbing to the industry's expectations. Note in all of her photos for the Burberry spread, not a single one of them involved short skirts, high heels, sexy poses, or cleavage - now that is sexy.
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