It’s been recounted, richly, a number of times prior. A scrambled assignment to cover a Miss Teen America beauty pageant for Seventeen magazine; an unlikely April 1972 New York Times Magazine first-person cover story; the romance with J.D. Salinger that immediately followed.
But chances are most readers of Yahoo Beauty are too young to have heard it before. And so, Joyce Maynard‘s column “How I Got to Be a Magazine Cover Girl (Without Any Makeup)” will introduce a whole new set to the wistful details and her retrieved life lesson:
In the 42 years since, I have never stopped doing this thing I love. And I slowly learned a valuable lesson, though a painful one: to let no one – however revered and famous, however celebrated and important – tell you who you are, or what you can or cannot do or become. Let no one tell you that the story you have lived is a story you cannot tell.