I've definitely had some more recent role models over the last ten years. I think my mother was probably a role model in a different way, because she just always supported me in every little thing that I did, she was always there, someone that I could talk to. So I think she was probably my first role model, giving me confidence and teaching me not to be afraid to advocate and speak out for someone else. I always said she was a feminist ahead of her time.
But I've had a lot of role models in their own way... many different role models for different things' I look at somebody and say, 'Wow, if they can do that, I can do that.' More recently, my daughter is a role model for me. [I've learned from her] that it's really, really important to communicate and have patience, show your emotions, don't be afraid to be affectionate. I've always known this, but I definitely think that my daughter helps me live it.
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