Maya Van Wagenen


Middle school was a rough time for us all, but besides getting bangs or taking a restorative trip to Claires every once in awhile, it’s doubtful that many of us took any large measures to make our lives better. Enter the patron saint of eighth grade girls, Maya Van Wagenen, who had the unusual idea to take a 1950s advice book and apply the tips to her own situation. By following such tidbits from Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens, like wearing pearls and white gloves, considering a girdle might be a good option on bloaty days and always being open and kind (and keeping a diary about the endeavor, smart girl), Van Wagenen was able to break out of her shell and become popular. The diary is to become a book called Popular: One Geek’s Quest for the Impossible. And at the tender age of 15, Van Wagenen’s book and the 50s guide are both being optioned by DreamWorks to become a film.

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published: 01.29.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015

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