After running a few polls across Instagram and Facebook, it’s apparent that opinions are split over the term #Girlboss. I for one find it empowering. As I juggle motherhood, pregnancy, home and work life, I have never felt like more of a #Girlboss in my life. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and former CEO of the #Girlboss Foundation and Nasty Gal, an online fashion, and clothing boutique. High-school dropout and self-professed weirdo, Sophia created Nasty Girl over ten years ago in her San Francisco apartment out of little more than a stack of vintage castoffs, a love of fashion, a passion for photography, an eBay account, and her killer instincts. Now, Nasty Girl is a global empire and Sophia has established herself as one of the most prominent figures in retail as well as a style icon.
#Girlboss is Sophia’s first book and it documents the rise of Nasty Girl as well as her personal struggles, life lessons and thought process along the way. It’s not a how-to guide to success full of practical advice but it will undoubtedly provide any woman with a dream and an entrepreneurial spirit a kick up the arse to actually do something about it.
“A #Girlboss is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
Instagram is currently dominated by ‘influencers’ who have the same cookie-cutter aesthetic. It’s as if they were born to be bloggers. They are all in their twenties, they all live in London, they all look like Disney princesses, they make daily trips to Peggy Porschen’s and they travel with their own personal arrangements of rose gold balloons and flower wall backdrops. I’m pushing thirty, live in my Converse and own a tiny human who demands the majority of my time, money and attention. How’s a girl to compete?
What I loved about #Girlboss is that Sophia is an outsider too but she uses this to her advantage. She has a no bull-shit attitude, a drive to succeed and a dry sense of humor which I can relate to. #Girlboss helps put everything into perspective, especially when the blogging community can feel overwhelming.