Last year VIBE put Rick Ross on the cover of their Sexy Issue and there was a collective “wait, what?” Who knew that this year’s cover would inspire a slew of WTF’s and a bit of controversy? I didn’t trip much off of the cover. If all the folks who tuned into those shows and live-tweeted the catfights bought the issue, it would definitely be a good look for the magazine. I also wanted to know what they meant by role model and decided to hold off until I read the story. Still, the biggest thing for me was the story backlash. I started paying attention to the number of people who replied with lists “real role models.” There were names but what made each person a role model was unclear.

What is it about a person that makes them a role model? Should you aspire to everything in that person’s or just pieces? What are the deal-breakers? How do role models differ from mentors?


What are the criteria for being a role model?

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  • Jess

    Anyone that Vibe magazine lists s a role model is definitely not one. And if they were role models before, they definitely no longer are after appearing in Vibe magazine. I mean really – who would ever take anything Vibe says seriously regarding role models? plus they just insulted all women by listing Evelyn as a role model for anything.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    My role model is Oprah. I want to be a billionaire.

  • I decided that they don’t represent me. Every African American woman is not a reflection of who I am and I decide that it is up to me to determine.
    I DO hear everyone’s point about the ladies being in the media and their behavior then becomes a stereotype of minority women. At some point I think we have to stop taking ownership or responsibility for these people and be our own representation.
    Also when I read the articles, I know that they are embarrassed and they do talk about the fact that much of this is a set-up and that they are put in these situations. Many of the situations are taken out of context….. it’s TV and money is the root of all evil.
    I can’t help but think that if I felt threaten I could see myself having similar reactions (in some cases), but we choose not to put ourselves in confrontational situations. If I had to confront and deal with a person I didn’t like on regular basis….. it would not be a good look for me 