Take 9 is Here!

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This is such an inspirational story! Here is the press release we issued about this!


New York, NY –November 25, 2014—East Coast Starz, a leading producer of fashion experiences for girls and teens marked National Epilepsy Awareness Month by helping Samantha Buggle to fulfill her dream of modeling, while battling epilepsy.

Samantha, who is known to her family and friends as Sammy, started experiencing generalized epilepsy with absence seizures when she was three. Her seizures are becoming worst as she grows older. She has over 100 seizures a day and her family is still unable to find the right medication to control them.

Today, Sammy is a 10 year old activist for the Epilepsy Foundation of America sharing inspirational videos that she makes with her family on her YouTube channel. Her most recent video “Overcoming Epilepsy with Samantha” has been shared with over seventy thousand people. In the video, Sammy talks about her struggle with epilepsy and how she overcomes the obstacles she faces every day. She also shares her dreams of modelling and acting.

Following the video’s release, East Coast Starz creator, Lauren Handler contacted Samantha and invited her to make her dream of modeling come true. “When I saw Sammy’s video, I knew I had to bring her to East Coast Starz,” says Lauren. “Such a gorgeous girl, inside and out, Sammy exemplifies everything East Coast Starz is all about. Dreaming big…never allowing obstacles to stand in your way, and of course living your dreams with fashion and style!”

“It was really fun modelling at the event,” Says Sammy. “I got to meet all these photographers and agents, and walk the runway. The most fun was meeting the girls though! Everyone was so nice and I fit right in. And the runway was pink!”

“We were so excited and honored that East Coast Starz invited Sammy to participate in Take 8,” Says Janine Buggle, Sammy’s Mother. “Sammy was nothing but smiles as she got her hair done. She had such confidence walking down the runway. Seizures or no seizures, she was doing this and loving every minute of it. I don’t think a dry eye was to be had among my family.  We were so honored and proud of her as she stood up there grinning from ear to ear.”


So Proud of These Girls!

East Coast Starz Participants Help Polish Orphans Stay Warm This Winter

East Coast Starz, a leading producer of unique fashion experiences for girls, held its flagship event, Take 8, this past weekend. During the event, a group of 5 year old participants initiated a coat drive and fund raiser to benefit the Agape Trust orphanage in Poland.

Leading up to the weekend festivities, East Coast Starz participants were divided into small groups and assigned an international fashion “destination.” The girls were encouraged to learn about the history, culture and fashion of their destination, and apply their knowledge into creating a fun and unique fashion look.

“While doing research on our team’s destination, we learned that Poland has an estimated 80,000 orphans and the highest number of orphanages in Central Europe,” said Stacy Saunders, mother of 5 year old participant and team captain Paislee.  “We quickly decided to collect donations for the orphans, and help make their winter just a little bit warmer. Our children are so blessed, so the idea of collecting warm items for our little friends in Poland was a no brainer.”

“We are so incredibly proud of our little Warsaw team,” says Lauren Handler, Co-Director of East Coast Starz. “It was so wonderful to see these girls research their destination, come up with this initiative on their own and collect the coats for the orphans in Poland.  These girls perfectly reflect the values of our organization…teamwork, friendship, kind heartedness and of course lots and lots of style!”


Oh Take 8! What a Journey

Ok…so where do I start? This past weekend has been so jammed packed with excitement, there is so much to tell you about! First was the fun of seeing all of our friends again. I know it sounds like a cliche, but Starz is starting to feel a lot like family! The girls all know each other, and are always happy to welcome new friends into their midst!

We were so fortunate this year to welcome famed designer, Nancy Vuu to sponsor as well as take the group photos. Nathan Yungerberg joined Alexi Killmer to take the individual photos…and from what we’ve seen so far, they are amazing!

At night time we celebrated, for the first time, our special “Wishes” party, in which we were fortunate enough to grant 6 special wishes! The girls then danced the night away and had a blast posing in our fun photo booth. Our sponsor, Ecru, had stylists on hand to pamper the girls at their braid salon. What fun!

The weekend ended with our traditional runway show. All teams did such a good10410126_865020996870822_3994075352314166930_n BLA_8526 Nancy Vuu John Zadrozny job walking the pink runway! Can’t wait for Take 9!

Welcome Ecru and Little Green!

We have a new amazing sponsor! So excited to welcome Ecru! Read all about it:


New York, NY –November 11th, 2014—East Coast Starz, the leading producer of unique fashion events for girls, today announced the addition of ECRU New York and Little Green to its roster of exciting sponsors.

East Coast Starz is excited to be creating an amazing runway show featuring hairstyles created by ECRU New York’s world-renowned stylists and products. The East Coast Starz’ teen models will walk down the famous pink runway, sporting trendy, edgy and funky hairstyles right off the Fall 2014 NYFW catwalk. An additional runway show will feature ECRU’s children’s brand, Little Green and the younger East Coast Starz models. The Little Green runway show will feature adorably fun and age appropriate hairstyles.

ECRU New York will also take part in the East Coast Starz’ “Wishes” one of the highly anticipated parties of the weekend festivities, where 8 wishes will be granted for a handful of lucky East Coast Starz participants.  ECRU New York will operate a braid bar during “Wishes”, inviting all East Coast Starz participants to have their hair styled and demo products from both brands.

“When Lauren and Stacie approached us about sponsoring East Coast Starz, we immediately jumped on board,” says Heather Roetman, Director of Nation Brand Development for ECRU Lifestyle Beauty Brands. “East Coast Starz girls perfectly embody the values of our brand…trendsetters, fashion forward, fun, environmentally conscious and smart! We are delighted to have them represent us on the pink runway.”

“We are so happy to have ECRU New York and Little Green join our family,” says Lauren Handler, Co-Director of East Coast Starz. “We’ve always admired the ECRU’s products and we’re so excited for our East Coast Starz models to have the opportunity to be a part of this. The Ecru fashion show we have planned will be amazing and something that everyone will be talking about! ”