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Selena Gomez’s biggest female role models: an Oscar-winner, a lawyer and a teenager

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Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s BazaarSelena Gomez is a role model to millions of fans, but when it comes to the people that she looks up to, she admits that she casts a wide net.

Asked to name her biggest female role models for the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Selena says, “Meryl Streep has always been one of my idols because of her elegance and ability to always be true to herself but play these incredibly complex, difficult characters. I love how she carries herself.”

“I feel the same way about Grace VanderWaal, who’s, like, 14 years old,” Selena adds, referring to the teen who won America’s Got Talent.

“I was at the Billboard Women in Music Awards last year with all these incredible women, but she was just radiant. She had this knowledge and wisdom about her that I wanted for myself.”

Finally, Selena says, “I really love [human rights attorney] Amal Clooney. I know that sounds weird, but I’ve read a lot about her.”

Selena adds of Amal, who’s married to George Clooney, “She’s just incredible, the way she speaks and what she fights for. I guess I’m a bit all over the place.”

While she might admire Meryl Streep, Selena didn’t choose her when asked to name an actress from the past that she’d like to trade places with.  Instead, Selena said, “Either Audrey Hepburn or Molly Ringwald in the ’80s. How amazing must that have been? She was a redhead and had freckles and was so incredibly cool. I still want to dress like her in Pretty in Pink.”

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