Finding a role model in a town like Mystic Falls could be a little tricky. After all, is it really a good idea to aspire to be someone who drinks from the vein? (Not that we’re judging.)

Yet, we received this fan question and thought it a good one to answer: Why is Vampire DiariesNina Dobrev (Elena) a good role model?

If you’d asked us why Elena makes for a good role model, we’d have a hard time answering that — especially after last night’s steamy Episode 7 of Season 4, where she totally hooked up with her ex’s brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). (Not that we’re judging.)

But since this is about Nina, and not an undead newbie vamp, we’ve got many reasons as to why she’s a good role model. For one, she’s big into charity. In 2011 she co-hosted We Day, which is organized by Free the Children and involves a vow of silence to encourage youth to stand together with the millions who have been silenced by poverty, disease and exploitation. Additionally, she’s supported causes like The Ripple Effect Charity, Water Project, and Project Pink. See, she’s a giving vamp, and that’s something to admire.

As far as her personal life goes, this chick isn’t just a pretty face—she’s also as smart as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is manipulative. Because Nina knows not one, but three languages, including French, English and Bulgarian. Oui, this is a good thing to look up to.

Need another reason? Well, she’s super-close to her family, and even brought her mom on a trip to France. The fact that she loves and respects her mother is definitely a good trait!

So, just to recap, if you want to admire someone famous, Nina’s a good person to look up to. Her charitable and knowledgeable self brings all the vamps to the yard. Probably.


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