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

Rebecca Black

Singer / SongwriterAnaheim Hills, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup by Stephanie Baker
Hair by Kendria Spratt

It is extraordinary what life sometimes hands you. When you think you are going one way, and then, your path suddenly veers and you can’t even remember why or where you started from in the first place. For Rebecca Black, life has certainly thrown some curve balls.  But seven years after her video Friday went viral and the world turned a bit dark; Rebecca has reclaimed her love of music,

performed with her idol Katy Perry, and this fall starts her worldwide tour Love is Love.  What you will find most striking about Rebecca is her passion and devotion to her one true love music, not to mention, her desire to connect honestly and wholeheartedly with words. Rebecca Black is definitely one to watch. 

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TPFG x The Ya Sisters

A Gathering of The GirlsVenice Beach, CAPhotos by Andrea Posadas

On Sunday August 21, The Project for Girls invited its members in the LA area and at large to attend a day celebrating community, girl power, creativity and philanthropy. In partnership with Tehya Rose & Maya Jade Frank of 13 Wishes by The Ya Sisters, the TPFG girls came together to meet, learn about one another’s passions and strengths, distress some tees, and talk through a plan of action to bring forces together to support charity in a creative, inspiring way. Ideas were thrown about, laughter filled the rooftop, and some serious karaoke broke out. In the spirit of previous Black Swan events with our sister site The Project for Women, a few members were spotlighted with performances including Walk the Prank actress Jillian Shea Spaeder, songwriter Seedel Chris-Emenike (all the way from NYC), and comedian Lori Mae Hernandez. 

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Isabella & Sophia Canepa

Modeling & Soccer SistersSan Francisco Bay Area, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyle by Katja O’Brien for Tuchinda and Moque
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler & Tacha Scott

When I met Isabella and Sophia Canepa a few years back for an editorial campaign I shot, the first thing that struck me was their undying love and support for one another. As individuals, they were both confident, strong, talented and engaged, yet together they were a fun-loving, undeniable force. I have watched these girls swiftly excel in their careers and on the soccer field, yet both are determined to find balance in a career and sport that can be all-consuming.  This is a story about two sisters following their dreams and paving a path together, hand in hand. A TPFG story by all means… as we know the power and inspiration of girls standing together vs one girl standing alone. 

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Kai Morton, Charmienne Butterfield, & Kimora Oliver

Black Girls CodeOakland, CAStory & Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

Technology jobs are among the fastest growing in the US, and yet, women still hold less than 30% of all STEM related work. Due to a lack in investment and exposure, girls are being left behind especially at the critical ages of 13-17 when their confidence and enthusiasm for science and computing decline. Now more than ever, we need to impact the pipeline and show girls that science can be cool and that the girls who code are also cheerleaders, models, artists, dancers, and more. Because of our innate ability to problem solve, be compassionate and think larger picture, girls are paving a new way with the support and sponsorship of programs like Black Girls Code. And for girls like Kimora Oliver, Charmienne Butterfield and Kai Morton, coding has opened doors they never imagined could be true, and in return, these girls are showing others that diversity and femininity are clear ways to ROCK  the technology world.

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Tehya Rose & Maya Jade Frank

13 Wishes by @theyasistersVenice Beach, CAStory & Photos by Lauri LevenfeldStyling by Giuliana Crescentini
Makeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler

For Tehya Rose and Maya Jade Frank creativity is everything. The Renaissance sisters have not only dabbled in all, but they’ve put their heart and soul into everything they do: from music to art, fashion to filmmaking, writing to songwriting, philanthropy to kids. With one, they dream and expand, with two they dream and conquer. Cheerleaders by day and best friends for life, they challenge and build one another in the true meaning of sisterhood. And through their organization 13 wishes by @theyasisters, they intend on making you sisters too. Dedicated to art, charity, and kids, Tehya and Maya open up their world to every girl next door in hopes of creating community, expressing through art, and making a difference. I am so happy to have them on board as partners of TPFG with our first upcoming event in August and after you read their story… I am sure you will be too! 

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Anum Tayyab

WriterHouston, TexasPhotos by Faiza TayyabPoem by Anum Tayyab

Every person has a story. A different kind. And emotional kind, a breakthrough kind. When I was writing this poem I wasn’t thinking about anything else except all the events that made me think less of myself. I chased those who didn’t even care about me, for validation. It’s a perspective from a girl who was afraid to stand up, afraid to defend herself. At the time, I was this girl. During these last few months, I have experienced a major confidence breakthrough. It’s changed my life for the better, and forever. I hope every one of you finds your path, and love for which is your life. 

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Hannah Lanier

Junior OlympianLos Angeles, CAStory & Photography by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler
Style by Izzy Be & Les Tout Petits

If it wasn’t for her adoring grandmother, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet this inspiring 9-year old…or the two inspiring women who have proceeded her (including her mom Marquita). Hannah Lanier has already done a lot in her young life, and making the Junior Olympics last year for Long Jump is just one of her many accomplishments. But it’s her family’s dedication to being creative, trying everything, and pushing for the best individually and for the world around them that has helped shape Lanier into the girl she is today. With an active commitment to a family blog, Hannah is learning new skillsets, sharing and teaching, and most importantly, having a whole lot of fun with her younger brother. Today Hannah shows that with a little hard work, the results can be amazing.

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Hannah McCloud

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

Hannah McCloud is a ball of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Every word she speaks and every move she makes comes directly from the heart. Hannah is open, compassionate and approachable. It is important for her to stay true to her beliefs and share her thoughts and feelings with others, so that they in turn do the same. These qualities have shaped her interests and abilities as

an actress, and when Hannah dives into character, not only does she want to feel and be everything necessary to become the character, she wants you to believe too. This is a story of a girl who dreamed of becoming an actress and her dreams came true. But, not without a lot of work and perseverance along the way. 

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Gabrielle Begun

AuthorSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Gabrielle Begun

I consider myself a dreamer. Not because I’ve got my head stuck too far up in the clouds, but because I dream of my future and fantasy more than “usual”.  My friends think that my expectations for my future are unrealistic, and that I have to grow up sometimes, and I completely agree. They are unrealistic and ambitious. But isn’t that the point? I’ve always been the biggest dreamer, because of my vivid imagination and passion to do the impossible, and I’ve been put down  

for that countless times, but I made a promise to myself when I was 8 to always look at the world as if it is my first time seeing it. This started when I was a fairy-loving 6 year old. I believed in The Second Star to the Right, so I recited the little poem (Star light, star bright…) and would wish on that star every night. My belief in the “unreal” attracted the ruthlessness of little children, and I was bullied for six years. But I kept believing and dreaming.

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Lana Mahook

The Girl Next DoorIrvine, CAPhotos and Story by Lauri Levenfeld

We were immediately struck by Lana Mahook’s TPFG Super Girl Contest entry. Lana is many things; a good person, a dedicated family member, and a determined academic. But what we love most is her honesty and her ability to articulate herself as a happy person with a happy life. Rather than denouncing her gifts in life, she appreciates all that she has been given. Her #superpower is a quiet, gracefulness…someone ready to take on every opportunity given and make it something special. On the morning of her birthday, we talk to this “girl next door” about her day to day life and how she makes the most of each moment. This doesn’t always end perfectly, but Lana has made it her ultimate goal to take on each day and make it a happy one. This story is about an inner drive and devotion to being good and making good choices.

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