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Old 02-01-2012, 11:53 AM
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Catherine as Role Model

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I don't like people calling her a role model. Not yet. Let her earn that. She isn't a role model for marrying her college sweetheart, that's just normal. She is only starting out and she hasn't done hardly anything. The role models in the BRF are the Queen, Anne, Sophie, Philip, Charles, Edward.... And Harry!!!! But Kate isn't there yet. I left William off that list because he still has something to prove in my opinion. I like him but I don't admire him. At least, not yet.
On the contrary, CasiraghiTrio, if one looks back at her childhood, sporting activities, academic performance and her university career, she could be a role model for many young people. And she pulled off a wonderful, understated yet fabulous royal wedding, one that seemed appropriately regal yet very carefully managed in light of the fact it was in the middle of a recession. Even the length of her train and choice of an understated tiara were signs of her good sense. And while she certainly had great help from courtiers and advisors, it was widely reported that many of the choices for her wedding were hers and William's and show their sensitivity. Her wardrobe choices during the past year show the same sensitivity and good sense in that they are carefully chosen to avoid suggesting over the top consumption. And finally, the Canada trip certainly revealed her good sense, cautious approach and determination to be a credit to her new family and her country.

A positive role model? So far, this observer thinks so! She has come off the block cleanly and it looks like she may go the distance.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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On the contrary, CasiraghiTrio, if one looks back at her childhood, sporting activities, academic performance and her university career, she could be a role model for many young people. And she pulled off a wonderful, understated yet fabulous royal wedding, one that seemed appropriately regal yet very carefully managed in light of the fact it was in the middle of a recession. Even the length of her train and choice of an understated tiara were signs of her good sense. And while she certainly had great help from courtiers and advisors, it was widely reported that many of the choices for her wedding were hers and William's and show their sensitivity. Her wardrobe choices during the past year show the same sensitivity and good sense in that they are carefully chosen to avoid suggesting over the top consumption. And finally, the Canada trip certainly revealed her good sense, cautious approach and determination to be a credit to her new family and her country.

A positive role model? So far, this observer thinks so! She has come off the block cleanly and it looks like she may go the distance.
All that can be laudable, yes, but it still seems very normal to me: sports at school, pulling off a wedding... As for academic performance, she seems to have done pretty average, mildly impressive work, laudable in itself, but again, nothing spectacular, in my opinion. I'm honestly not trying to be disagreeable. Maybe some people see a "fabulous" wedding. I don't, but even if I did, so what if she had a "fabulous" wedding? I am still, not seeing a role model. I swear, I am not meaning to put her down, I just don't see a role model... Yet! Just not yet! a wedding,even a royal wedding is just a wedding. It's a ceremony, not an accomplishment. Women everywhere won't like me for belittling the value of a wedding! But there is just one of many grudges I hold against societal norms: the fuss and much ado we make of weddings! :-)
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:50 PM
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Since most of my students view their parents as role models (regardless of how much "they've pulled off") - and rightfully so, since a role model is someone we end up emulating (not necessarily because we've decided to do so), of course Kate could be a role model for some young people. Certainly, her fashions are sometimes influencing young women to buy out similar items.

We don't all have the same values or role models, obviously.

As for William, I find it hard to believe that he's not a role model for those young people who want to go into a life of helping others by being a SAR pilot and a first responder in an emergency. This is like saying firemen aren't role models. Of all the royals, William is the one most known to younger people in SoCal and Hawaii, and they admire his job choice (and the fact that he works, it's perceived as a difficult job that many people don't want to do, but for those who do - one that requires lots of technical training and persistence in jumping through hoops, something that many young people have a very hard time doing). I always point out that he's received the ultimate in family support - but the family can't pass his technical tests for him (and many young people get family support while they attempt to do something similar).

At any rate, William's deployment to the Falklands has underscored the dedication needed to be in the military as well - military families admire him, and commiserate with the long separations from family that his work entails. If you live around military people, you know they admire people who do this cheerfully and successfully. I wouldn't want my spouse gone for that length of time, I think it requires devotion and patience that I've never developed (spouse feels the same way).

But we're glad someone else is doing it - and that's what some role models are about. They inspire us to do a little more because they're doing it and we're not.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:17 PM
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I do view William and Harry as role models a little more than Kate. It would be so easy for William and Harry to sit back and do nothing but the occasional charity function and get paid just for their first names. But I admire both for choosing to have a separate job that they are both good at and seem to enjoy. It also must be hard having to balance the two jobs.
As for Kate, she does not have career experience but the fact that she went to college, keeps her clothes on, doesn't have a sex tape, doesn't have naked photos of her on the internet, and doesn't have 3 kids with 3 different daddies, makes her a role model in my book. I would rather little girls look up to her, and Chelsy, as opposed to Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, or Miley Cyrus.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:43 PM
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I personally think Kate is a good role model.She makes mistakes but,tries to keep them private!
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:54 PM
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Thank you Xenia!!! I so agree with you. At least she isnt on some porn video or naked somewhere in pictures. I have to admire her for at least keeping her reputation in check. Alot of people might not think she has done anything to be considered a role model but I believe she has done a good job at being a young woman who has tried to make a good impression on not only the media but the people that look to her as the future Queen. :)
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[QUOTE=XeniaCasaraghi;1366483]As for Kate, she does not have career experience but the fact that she went to college, keeps her clothes on, doesn't have a sex tape, doesn't have naked photos of her on the internet, and doesn't have 3 kids with 3 different daddies, makes her a role model in my book.

A very sad day when this is all it takes to be a role model! Have our expectations become so low for our young women?
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:54 AM
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[QUOTE=XeniaCasaraghi;1366483]As for Kate, she does not have career experience but the fact that she went to college, keeps her clothes on, doesn't have a sex tape, doesn't have naked photos of her on the internet, and doesn't have 3 kids with 3 different daddies, makes her a role model in my book.

A very sad day when this is all it takes to be a role model! Have our expectations become so low for our young women?
Well,I guess it depends on what kind of role model you are talking about. She may not be a role model for some regarding work/career but she can be a role model for some regarding manners and behavior.

Is it necessary for her to be a role model in every aspect of her life?

And honestly, I am not that bothered over her work history. I know people say she's lazy, workshy, etc. Is that the truth, or something fabricated by the media to sell papers? In my mind there is enough doubt that I don't feel comfortable judging on this.

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In an age of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian where flashing your goods will make you famous, yes I will say Kate is a role model. Whether you want to say standards have lowered, well that's up to you. For 10yrs the woman has maintained her composure, honor, and respectability, even when she was broken up with William. Despite how easy some people think she has had it, I don't believe it could have just been a walk in the park to be "Waity Katy".
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:04 AM
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I would venture to say that the vast majority of people who have been told "I want to be just like you" are not famous, nor have they done anything extraordinary or had their photographs splashed all over the world media. You don't have to be famous to be a role model, nor have done anything noteworthy.

My role model? My mother. You don't know her, you've never met her. You probably never will. But that doesn't change the fact that by living a good Christian life, by raising a (somewhat ) normal family, and by treating people in a way that makes them feel special, she is a person that I feel is wholeheartedly worth emulating. Everyday, everywhere in this world, normal, ordinary people are performing as role models -- whether they know it or not. So yes, Kate is a role model, and she need not have done anything to qualify for it. She is in a position to influence people the world over in many different ways.

There was an article posted here a while back praising Kate for making it again popular to dress like a lady. Here here! If by her fashion choices, public behavior, and decorum, she influences just one young (or older) person to make appropriate choices, then I say "job well done".
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:28 AM
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If my daughters grew up to be like Kate, I would be pleased, so in that case, she is a good role model for them, IMO.
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Role Model? Kate? Not yet...maybe never. She's got to do a great deal of work with a great deal of exposure to show her worthiness for the title of Role Model to anyone.
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As for Kate, she does not have career experience but the fact that she went to college, keeps her clothes on, doesn't have a sex tape, doesn't have naked photos of her on the internet, and doesn't have 3 kids with 3 different daddies, makes her a role model in my book.

A very sad day when this is all it takes to be a role model! Have our expectations become so low for our young women?
I agree. A woman who does have three kids with three daddies can still be a role model. Kate went to college and graduated and keeps her clothes on..... This is so incredibly stupid, I can't even....
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What time is the Art Exhibition? I'm awaiting photos from her solo patronage appearance today.
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What time is the Art Exhibition? I'm awaiting photos from her solo patronage appearance today.
At 7.30 pm local time.
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Well,I guess it depends on what kind of role model you are talking about. She may not be a role model for some regarding work/career but she can be a role model for some regarding manners and behavior.

Is it necessary for her to be a role model in every aspect of her life?

And honestly, I am not that bothered over her work history. I know people say she's lazy, workshy, etc. Is that the truth, or something fabricated by the media to sell papers? In my mind there is enough doubt that I don't feel comfortable judging on this.

IMHO.
I would agree with you that in regards to manners and behavior Catherine is definitely someone to emulate. I remember reading that when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met her for the first time, they were impressed by her politeness. In the age where being rude is almost expected, it's nice to see a young person that shows respect for those around her. Like you, I'm not bothered by her work history (or lack thereof). She helped out with the family business and to me, that's having a job.

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In an age of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian where flashing your goods will make you famous, yes I will say Kate is a role model. Whether you want to say standards have lowered, well that's up to you. For 10yrs the woman has maintained her composure, honor, and respectability, even when she was broken up with William. Despite how easy some people think she has had it, I don't believe it could have just been a walk in the park to be "Waity Katy".
I don't think it's at all easy to have to basically sit and wait, and hear/read what others are saying about you. I admire Catherine for sticking to her guns, and going for what she wanted. That shows some strength of character. Also, doing so with no scandals is to be admired too, especially with the likes of Paris Hiltons and Kim and whoever Kardshians floating about, ready to strut their stuff just to get a mention in a gossip rag.

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There was an article posted here a while back praising Kate for making it again popular to dress like a lady. Here here! If by her fashion choices, public behavior, and decorum, she influences just one young (or older) person to make appropriate choices, then I say "job well done".
Yes! I love the fact that she brought back the classy look (or at least made it more popular). I wish more young women would realize that it's necessary to look like a loose woman to be considered attractive. I have a sixteen-year-old sister, and I ardently wish and hope that when she grows up, she'll be a classy and intelligent young woman, maybe not exactly like Catherine, but something close to. Unfortunately, my sister has no interest in anything classy, so I doubt highly that she'll choose to emulate Catherine's behavior.
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I've always considered the Duchess to be one of my role models. Yes, she's had a very privileged upbringing, so the royal wedding is hardly a Cinderella story. And no, she hasn't had a schedule packed full of charity work or a high-flying career. But the Duchess's understated elegance, grace and affinity with the public makes her - in my opinion - a perfect royal. I can't wait to see HRH's first portrait, because it will really capture the true class that money can't buy.

http://marieclaire.media.ipcdigital....ambridge-8.jpg

One of my favourite pictures of the Duchess.

http://frogenyozurt.co.uk/wp-content...-172720544.jpg

Another favourite.

gonewiththewindsors: Catherine shopping*on the... - HRH the Duchess of Cambridge

This last one was taken recently. She looks so elegant and unfazed by the camera. Not many girls my age seem to have a lot of dignity and self-respect, and the Duchess is an ideal role model. It doesn't matter that HRH hasn't had a career - in my opinion she was always destined to be royalty.
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If I had a daughter, I'd much rather that she have a role model like Kate than any number of other young women who are in the public eye.
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You know, I could only wish there were women like Catherine here in the U.S. that could be considered role models. Instead there are over the top, flamboyant, half dressed entertainers who are considered role models and it makes me wonder what this world has come to. Anymore the young people look like mini versions of these people. Maybe its just me but I don't see anyone like Catherine here so far so GB is certainly lucky to have her. Just my opinion.
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Compared to the female entertainers we love to hate, Kate would be considered exemplary. However, she has yet to do anything that could be considered worthy of emulation, unless it was snagging a prince.

Yes, she's been working for the last couple of months on a part-time basis, but has not accomplished anything tangible.

Disagree with me if you like.
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