Oprah Winfrey: An inspirational role model
Many people find someone in his/her life to look up to, a role model. There are many different kinds of role models; they can be singers, public speakers, a parent, or even a friend. Role models also are not determined by certain criteria. A role model can be a role model just because they are a leader or have a great talent. Oprah Winfrey is considered a role model to many individuals because of her tough childhood, wonderful charity work, her schools, and the true relationships with her fans. Oprah stands out among many people on her ability to feel others’ pain and help those people get through their troubling times.
For most people growing up is filled with memories of joy and happiness. A childhood should be filled with affection and care, but Oprah did not always feel those things. Oprah did not have such a great upbringing, but despite the odds she rose up and became who she had wanted to be. Oprah had dealt with many accounts of sexual abuse, the lack of attention from her mother, and moving from place-to-place for most of her early years (Fry, web). Not only was Oprah faced sexual abuse, but she also became pregnant from one of the instances (Fry, web). This made things even more difficult for the young Oprah.
Despite all of her troubles, Oprah is now very successful. Although when she was young Oprah was faced with many difficult problems, she stuck to her school-work and pursued her love of teaching (Fry, web). One thing that Oprah is known for is her love of reading, teaching, and learning. This passion has helped her move forward and help others that are less fortunate than herself (Fry, web). These troubling things that Oprah was faced with turned her into a relatable, caring figure that many people would follow.
Oprah now seeks out as many ways as possible to pursue her dreams while still making a difference in the world. These characteristics make Oprah a wonderful role model for any person to follow. It is fortunate to have someone as caring and aware of other peoples’ problems in the world. She is an inspiration to everyone, and many celebrities should follow in her footsteps to help create a better world for those who are less fortunate. “She’s famed for her charity work, and now Oprah Winfrey has been named the world’s most generous celebrity. The talk-show host gave more than $50.2 million in charitable gifts in the past year, according to Parade Magazine” (Herald Sun, 125). This dedication to charity has touched many peoples’ hearts and made them want to make an influence on the world as well.
In addition to the variety of causes and charities that Oprah has donated to, she has also created...