Lorelai Gilmore, "Gilmore Girls"
She's young, pretty and oh-so-cool. This winsome combination catapults Lorelai Gilmore firmly into "cool mom" status. This single mom identifies with the daughter she had at age 16, but always keeps her child's best interests at heart. It's a balancing act we admire. And, although teenage girls are far too aloof to admit it, they must dream of such witty repartee with their moms; we, on the other hand, secretly long to hear what our daughters really think about high school, boys and best friends. This makes Lorelai (played by Lauren Graham) an alter ego we'd love to step into -- if only for her flawlessly untamed locks.