What’s the Real Story Behind Netflix’s Newest Show, ‘Girlboss’?


Fangirls, rejoice! Girls may be over forever, but Netflix is here to save the day with their latest, just in time for your binge-watching pleasure. Girlboss has everything you’re looking for – killer vintage clothes, a rebellious fashion entrepreneur, and best of all it’s actually based on a true story.

Ever heard of Nasty Gal? The online retail platform that sells clothing to pretty much every girl attending Coachella. Think flower crowns, whimsical floral dresses, and chunky platform heels. The woman behind the website is Sophia Amoruso and she has my literal dream job – shopping for a living. Sophia, at her peak, was worth over $280 million dollars. It’s hard to believe that this successful CEO was once a broke dumpster-diver working a minimum wage job.

Girlboss tells the story of Sophia’s rags-to-riches story. At age 17, she moved out of her family’s house and was squatting at different friends’ places in San Francisco. Sophia had always been interested in fashion and she had a knack for spotting high fashion labels in thrift stores. She decided to start an eBay shop to resell clothing she found in local second-hand stores.

She made a killing. Early on, she found two vintage Chanel jackets for $8 each and resold them for $1500. The Girlboss trailer shows Sophia, played by Britt Robertson, offering a mere $9 in exchange for an original, 1970’s East West leather jacket, which she resold for over $600. Filled with confidence, and with more money in her pocket than ever before, Sophia decided to break away from eBay and start her own website – Nasty Gal.

From that moment in 2006 on, Nasty Gal blew up. The business grew from one girl with a camera and a laptop to a company with over 550,000 customers in 60 countries. Nasty Gal was named the “Fastest Growing Retailer” by INC Magazine in 2012. In 2014, Sophia wrote an autobiography, titled Girlboss, telling her story to the world. Now, Netflix is here to tell the rest of her story and we are here to watch…all thirteen episodes… in one day.

All episodes of Girlboss premiere on Netflix on April 21.

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