unconvential role models or inspirational figures you look up to and why.

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    ol dirty bastard aka russell jones. (rest in peace)

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    to me, he was one of the most honest people that has ever lived. he lived life on his own terms even if what he was doing killed him. i used to want to be like him in my freshman year of high school when i was looking for a role model between him, prodigy of mobb deep and gza from wu tang. icon_redface.gif i just admired how he accepted himself and didn't change for anybody even if people misunderstood him or saw the worst in him. he didn't feel the need to conform to what the rest of the world was doing. the lesson i learned from him is that even if the world doesn't like who you are as long as you're happy with yourself, fuck what anybody else think. i know that it's possible to be happy with myself even though i haven't got to that point but if russell tyrone jones could do it and he had one hell of a life, i know i could do it too.
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    Apr 16, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    Aaliyah. I admired her as a person and how she carried herself in the industry despite all the success she was receiving. She strived to always remain herself no matter what.


    She inspired me in so many ways. Just a humble, down to earth sista who's forever missed
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    Flannery O'Connor. Outwardly, conventional; inwardly, anything but.
  • BloodFlame

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    Apr 17, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    My personal role model/inspiration figure I look up to is front woman of the band Garbage, Shirley Manson.

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    She's been my inspiration since I was 13. I just admire how she is down to earth and brave and even though she has lots of insecurities and self doubt, she manages to trudge on through life. I can relate to her or rather, her past in the sense that she was also thought of as a "freak" and an "outcast" growing up. I faced the same kind of thing as well but when I first heard the band's music when I was in seventh grade, the lyrics really struck me. And when I learned about Shirley Manson, I was instantly inspired by her. I admire her so much and the one thing I like about her is that despite all the negativity she had in her life, she was able to continue and follow her dream. Sure, she isn't mainstream popular but she is doing what she loves and to me, that is all that matters. I hope that I can get the courage that she has someday but anyway, that is why she is my inspiration.
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    kristi yamaguchi
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:46 AM GMT


    "the lesson i learned from him is that even if the world doesn't like who you are as long as you're happy with yourself, fuck what anybody else think."

    I've never thought this about myself, instead I always have and always will consider myself a work in progress.
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    Apr 17, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    getting my Squat on. So a this moment it would be this awesome lady in this pics.

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    Apr 17, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
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    he's jewsish

    so it's not offensive
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    Apr 17, 2013 7:10 AM GMT
    Lucy Westenra, from Bram stoker's Dracula, she made me feel comfortable with expressing sensuality and sexual nature without feeling like a trashy slut and still maintaining class, and still remaining a good friend while no one could save her,

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    Apr 17, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
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    Apr 17, 2013 7:43 AM GMT
    Recently Geri Halliwell from the Spice Girls. She really was the one who carried that group and more importantly she was adult enough to know when she had to let go. I admire that. She was in control of her sensuality. She exuded power and strength from a female perspective. But she wasn't sexy. She was straight up bone me hot. She was more like 'This who I am and this what I like and this what I am here to do' and you loved the. It was so enrapturing. It made you want to be her but also she made you want to be you. You wanted to be a stronger you.

    But also even more recently George Washington. As a child he was a non factor to me but reading his biography recently gave me a new appreciation for how plain yet noble he was. He was a simple man who came about in a time in which the air was filled with bombastic change. Yet he himself was so dutifully elegant and demure in both in public image, his battlefield actions and how he governed. The man was a fascinating person and he set the template for all other presidents. He was a fiery wordsmith like Jefferson or Madison or a noble braggart like Adams. But he was this lone figure in a sea of vague promises made to us by the fathers of our revolution.