The Girls!

  • Welcome to The Project For Girls! This is a space carved out for you, the girls! With content for teens and tweens, written by teens and tweens, we talk to successful girls everywhere, capturing their drive and spark.

    Our hope is that it creates a safe space for inspiration and dialogue. To share ideas. To wildly inspire. But, most of all, to be honest. So lets start talking!

     

    xo,
    Lauri

Jillian Shea Spaeder, Isabella Alexander & Rachel Gage

Best FriendsLos Angeles, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor for Wethor & Co
Makeup & Hair by Kelly Shawn & Irmina Martinez Loeffler

They say two is company and three is a crowd. Yet this old proverb doesn’t stand up to besties Jillian Shea Spaeder, Isabella Alexander, and Rachel Gage. The three girls who met acting in Los Angeles turned what could have been a competitive and challenging environment into a situation filled with love, support, and sisterhood. While there are so many similarities shared, it is their differences which they celebrate and learn from. And happily, which keep them (most of the time) auditioning for different roles and projects. While each continues to dream of being in the entertainment world, today they share more on who they are, what makes them tick, and the goals they have inside and outside of Hollywood. 

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Landry Bender

ActressLos Angeles, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor

From the earliest age, Landry Bender was ready for the spotlight. Described as an old soul, she manifested her destiny on stage and at just ten years old was on a plane to New York with a role of a lifetime and an opportunity to fulfill her dreams. From this moment, Bender’s career has expanded with prize castings and what most would see as the perfect “Hollywood story”. Yet Landry is known by her fans as well as industry folk for being a kind and humble individual who celebrates her journey by staying passionate and engaged. A girl inspired (and a bit obsessed) with old Hollywood (in particular Audrey Hepburn), we asked another TPFG gal, Grace Wethor, to take the reins and bring her eclectic, cool vibe to this classic beauty to create some designer vintage magic. 

 

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Devon Rose x SKO Habibi X TPFG

TribeSan Francisco, CAPhotos & Story by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Katja O’Brien
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler & Tacha Scott

The tribe is the basis of what The Project for Girls platform is built on. The ultimate girl gang, one that provides a safe space for its members to inspire, share dreams, fears,  and make things happen. A community where the individual is celebrated, but togetherness is love. In our latest editorial we collaborated with the ultra talented Emily Payne of Devon Rose x SKO Habibi bringing fresh, iconic new looks to our beloved girl warrior. It is here we spotlight

nine unique girls from The Project for Girls who are paving their own path with courage, drive and creativity, while contributing to something bigger through partnership and unity.

Our Tribe:  Gabrielle Begun, Odessa Goldberg, Alexa Ponciano, Grace Wethor, Violet Lux, Kai Morton, Jillian Shea Spaeder, Chandler Moseley, Allegra O’Brien & Morgan Moseley

 

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Gabrielle Begun

We Are HereSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Gabrielle Begun

I’m no politician. I don’t usually follow the news. But today, during our student/teacher led assembly, where we were supposed to discuss something that had happened a week ago, I got up along with 400 students and walked outside to have 17 minutes of silence for those who lost their lives in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, followed by an emotional, empowering, and important student-led demonstration.

The day that the shooting happened, I didn’t have school, so I stumbled upon it while on Instagram. It was a disturbing video of teenagers running for their lives with their hands up in the air with the headline “School Shooting in Florida”. You want to know the first thing I felt? Absolutely nothing. It was at that moment that I realized that I had become so normalized with mass shootings and death in the U.S that I kept scrolling, and that scared me so much.

I felt nothing until one of my friends posted the video on her Instagram, and I suddenly woke up. I woke up to the videos of high schoolers crying in interviews because their friend had just been mercilessly murdered. I woke up to the screams and yells of kids my age, making it clear that it was far too late, and that something had to be done about guns…

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Ava August

Singer/ SongwriterSouthern California, CaStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

Most people who know Ava August describe her as an old soul. From an early age, she found her greatest passion in singing, but Ava also discovered her greatest challenge with the onset of Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. Both have made August who she is today, contributing to the creativity, drive, and determination that continuously set her apart in her music and athletics and 

make many take notice of this young teen and her talents.  With a near future EP release, August talks to TPFG about the process of songwriting, her inspirations and dreams. And via the strong, soulful voice we heard throughout the shoot, we can only imagine the magic journey that Ava August is about to begin. This is her story.  

 

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Grace Rose

Fashion DesignerLos Angeles, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor for Rosie G
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

Grace Rose was a dreamer and a survivor from day one. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, GR made her daily challenges the vehicle to empower a movement around advocacy for CF.  And this all began at the young age of 2! Since her first walk at a fashion fundraiser, Grace Rose has propelled her efforts and creativity into designing her own line of clothing.  Rosie G is a line dedicated to spreading awareness and inspiring funding to find a cure for CF. Today, Grace Rose talks to TPFG about life with Cystic Fibrosis, and how her “trials” have become her greatest source of joy, inspiration and community. 


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Tate Drucker

PhotojournalistMozambique, AfricaPhotos by Nicole Green & Tate DruckerStory by Lauri Levenfeld

For Tate Drucker, setting root in Mozambique this winter has been a dream come true and will be the place she calls home for an indefinite time. Long ago, Drucker picked up her first camera and the act solidified a strong purpose and newfound way to express her passion and devotion to protecting wildlife and the natural world. As a photojournalist, the camera became Tate’s tool in  navigating the stories of the world, discovering people and places she has never known, yet with time and effort has become the voice to many. Today, she shares her story and the images that have gotten her (at such an early age) into the pages of National Geographic, Discovery and many more publications. 

 

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Natalie Hampton

Sit With UsLos Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Grace Wethor
Makeup & Hair by Stephanie Baker

Natalie Hampton was a creative and inspired kid, always social and ready for the next party or fun celebration. That was until Middle School, when Natalie was bullied online and in real life. The teasing and torture became scary when Hampton was physically attacked and had to change schools for safety. Hampton decided it was time to stand up and do something, to take the power away from these bullies and claim it back for herself and anyone who has ever gone through a similar story. Natalie created an app, Sit With Us, where no one is left alone at lunchtime to build back a community of love and kindness, where no one is alone and there is a place for everyone. Natalie has been awarded many times over for her courage in saying no. No to bullies, one lunch at a time.  

 

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Zai Deriu

Red Sky At NightSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Zai Deriu

This story makes perfect sense, but it won’t, at least not entirely.

 

I don’t seem to be able to find the right words to write about the night in a fully comprehensive way. I don’t remember what I was thinking at the time, or what words were said, just feelings which may have accompanied thoughts at some moment in time, but have now dissipated into nothing. However, it feels like enough to me.

 

I was wearing a red dress that night. What other color would it be?

Weeks earlier, it had seemed to present itself to me in the store, catching my hair on the tag, as if to say that it was the one. That I remember clearly. I remember walking to the front of the clothing store and back-bending over the counter, so the electronic tag might be taken out of my hair with the little machine that was supposed to be used while clothes weren’t attached to their buyers, but fortunately for me, it still worked. I would have bought the dress anyways. There was no need for it to attach itself to me. 

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Jocelyn Woods

Los Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldRetail by Izzy Be

In April 2017 Jocelyn Woods appeared on the stage at the RDMA’s I was attending with my daughter Harley and I was immediately captivated. Jocelyn’s story tugged at my heart, a childhood which began complicated yet bloomed into a life prospered by love and inspiration. At five years old, Woods entered the doors to the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley, and suddenly, she felt safe, secure and supported to try new things, develop new skills, educate

and wonder. And through her many successes along the way, Woods became a believer and a leader paving the way for others.  With a full ride to USC and the honor of National Youth of the Year in her pocket, it is now Woods lifetime goal to make education, more specifically the college process, easy and accessible to others, especially those from impoverished backgrounds (like herself) who need a little more encouragement and support along the way.   

 

 

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