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
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Anna Zhang

Chief Editor of Pulse SpikesNew York, New YorkStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Katja O’Brien & Erin Kelley for BCBGeneration
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

When Anna Zhang’s story came in via our TPFG Supergirl Contest, we couldn’t believe our eyes. A 15-year old with so many accomplishments, but more importantly a heart of gold. A girl dedicated to igniting the voices of teens everywhere through her magazine Pulse Spikes and to giving back via her first book Ignite, which dedicated proceeds to helping homeless youth and stopping child trafficking through her partnership with Covenant House. Anna embodies everything that we stand for at TPFG and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board as our 2017 Ambassador. To kick off the party, we invited her down to LA for a dream shoot via our generous sponsor BCBGeneration. The shoot also included some of our fave gals including Disney’s Ariana Greenblatt and Francesca Capaldi. Anna’s story will no doubt inspire all- giving you the strength to conquer your fears and face the unknown.

 

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Odessa Simone Shlain Goldberg

WriterMill Valley, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Odessa Goldberg

Show Me What Democracy Looks Like!

 

This: millions of men and women of all ages across the world peacefully protesting for what they believe in, is what democracy looks like. This past weekend I along with many others took the streets. On Thursday afternoon I boarded a plane with my dad, mom and sister to the capital of our country: Washington DC. I wore a shirt with suffragette emblazoned on it. On the plane, many people wore pink pointed hats in defiance.

 

It was my first time in the capital. Wide eyed, I gaped at the Washington Monument swathed in night. We pulled up at the Watergate Hotel, the infamous hotel where the Nixon scandal occurred. 

But this hotel has embraced the scandal, making Nixon’s resignation speech what it plays when you’re on hold. The next morning I awoke at noon, thoroughly jet lagged. We turned on the TV in time for Trump’s inauguration speech. It felt surreal to be in the same city as him and I watched bewildered as he proceeded to insult everyone surrounding him. As we walked into the lobby I saw my first “Make America Great Again!” hat in person, the bright, unnatural red unnerved me.

 

 

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Rachel Clyde & Sage Mace

Activists & BestiesMarin, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

Having a best friend to lift you up when you need lifting and to help you soar when you are dreaming is truly one of our most precious gifts as we grow up. For Rachel Clyde & Sage Mace, a friendship bloomed from a very early age centered around how to serve the world, lots of giggles, and the act of giving back. Both were horrified when they learned of the 32 million modern-day slaves still existing in the world.

 

 

They used their determination, persistence, and drive to help formulate ways to strike back on this issue and channel fundraising efforts to stop slavery via their organization Free-Beauty.org. There is a reason people call them Rage (Rachel & Sage)- alone each is special, together they are magnificent. Their story shows how with drive and focus, anyone can see their efforts affect change and impact a problem you care about.

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Alexa Ponciano

Model & BloggerNorthern CaliforniaPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

This is a second go for Alexa Ponciano via TPFG, as last year she wrote a beautiful and honest depiction of her life with her dual diagnosis of a brain tumor and Celiac disease at the early age of 8 years old. And how her survival of both (and currently living with Celiac) has changed the course of her life creating a newfound respect and appreciation for each and every day she has on this earth. Alexa is all about living life to the fullest, having fun, and staying positive.   And it is this light within Alexa that immediately drew me to her. She was willing to try anything. She was brave and vocal about her interests and her passions, making sure opportunities and experiences never past her by without a try. We talk to Alexa about her latest venture, WearsAlexa, a blog celebrating her love of fashion and her interest in showing girls ways to strut their personal style. And hey, its oh-so fun to be your own boss and create your own business!

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Emmy Perry

Animal ActivistMonarch Beach, CAStory and Photos by Lauri LevenfeldHair & Makeup by Veronica Fensel

Meeting Emmy Perry is truly an amazing moment. Seeing the compassion and passion that emanate from her deep, brown eyes is life-changing, as there is such a clear understanding in someone at such a young age in how the world can be better, and that what little you can do (or  lot) makes a clear and important difference. Perry, who has dedicated her life to saving dogs and giving back to her community, walks us through the steps in taking action..

.. towards ideas, concept, and causes you believe in. And it’s true, that we all can pave the way, change the course, and devote ourselves to something special just through the desire and time we choose to give. This is a perfect story for the holidays and for looking into the new year and how we all can make a difference in 2017.

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Jillian Shea Spaeder

Walk the PrankLos Angeles, CAStory and Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

For Jillian Shea Spaeder life is all about a good laugh. With a background in music and improv and a lifetime of performing, Spaeder has proven to be the perfect pick for Disney XD’s show Walk the Prank. Her easy going and “go with the flow” abilities and attitude have not only channeled the opportunity of a lifetime, but have also helped Jillian to manage the stresses and challenges ..that come up being a teen in the media light. We talk to Jillian today about the amazing ride she has been on since she hit LA ground running. It’s no wonder the girl has fallen in love with LA’s palm trees, rollercoasters, and so much more. 

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Ariana Greenblatt & Malachi Barton

Actress & ActorLos Angeles, CAStory and Photos by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup by Melissa Sandora
Hair by Kendria Spratt

We all love our girlfriends more than sometimes we love ourselves. But hanging with a guy can be just as wonderful. They can sometimes offer things that your girlfriends can’t. For Ariana Greenblatt and Malachi Barton becoming stars of the “it show” Disney’s Stuck in the Middle was a dream of a lifetime, but quickly they found that this wasn’t the only jackpot they hit. The two friends became instant BFFs over so many alike interests, and knowing they had each other’s backs through all their new life experiences and excitement became the ultimate win and a forever bond. Today we celebrate another beautiful story of best friends.

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Ariana Greenblatt

ActressLos Angeles, CAStory and Photos by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

They could not have found a more perfect person to embody the character of Daphne Diaz on Disney’s hottest sitcom SITM. A tomboy who loves a good tutu, Ariana Greenblatt is a nine-year old ready to take on the world. But what is special and unique about Ariana, is how she has not only taken..
.. on this part with the zest and confidence of someone twice her age, but has also taken her role and made it an opportunity to give back and be charitable, and to say loudly and proudly to all her fans that us girls need to stick together, love ourselves, love one another, and be kind. Our sentiments exactly.

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Olivia Rodrigo

ActressLos Angeles, CAStory and Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Erin Kelly for BCBG
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

One thing I have learned in photographing all the amazing girls that I do, is that passion, desire and dedication run really deep when you love what you do. And loving what you do is the true key to so many people’s success. It is undoubtedly a gift when work doesn’t feel like work. 

For Olivia Rodrigo, acting and working on the Disney series Bizaardvark has given her just this type of inspiration and this quirky and loved series is just the start of many more opportunities she plans to pave on her way.

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Gabrielle Begun

Published AuthorSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Gabrielle Begun

How many girls out there have always dreamed of being in a photoshoot? Where the camera is ready, everyone respects you, people make way for you on the streets, and all the attention is on you. As a little girl, well at least before I published my book, I had always dreamed of being in that position; being respected enough to get my own personal photoshoot and for my pictures to be swiftly thrown out into the world. The problem was, I was an extremely shy kid. I didn’t

have stage fright, but I was shy in front of the camera and other people. I had no trouble performing but I had trouble meeting people and holding conversations without breaking a nervous sweat, and I still sometimes do. It might sound strange saying that I feel at home on stage but when meeting new people and starting conversations or talking with adults I feel like a turtle who wants to crawl back into her shell.

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