What do you do when you are stuck in a boring meeting where you have no part to play? Well, if you are me, you pick up an e-book you casually downloaded but never wanted to devote your sparse reading time to. If you’re my boss and reading this, I’ll leave you to digest one of Amoruso’s quotable quotes – entrepreneurialism is an eighteen letter word. Go figure what it means.
The Netflix show based on the book made me pick it up, despite the distinctive unlikeability of the TV character. Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, a fashion brand that started off selling vintage clothing on eBay and grew into a trendsetter for young women. Amoruso talks openly about different facets of her life, from petty thievery in her college years to selling $10 thrift clothing for $1000 to becoming a fashion empire.
I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.
Amoruso writes like a millennial talks – cool and sassy with liberal doses of cuss and pop culture references. She tries to dole out business knowledge as she describes her story of going from a dumpster-diving teen to owner of a fashion empire, but the business fundae are as flimsy as JLo’s see-through Versace dress, and her writing is filled with cheesy quotes (as above). Like in the show, I admired her ability to hustle, and her knack for spotting a trend before it became so (hello, social media influencer monetization), but she writes with a particular disdain for those who prefer more conventional ways of getting to the top. For a book titled Girlboss (with a hashtag, no less), there is no commentary on how to become a female leader and deal with all the tribulations associated with it. Her own trumpet is something she loves to blow, and it occasionally becomes ironic, such as when she crows about Nasty Gal focusing on being debt-free and always having cash in the bank, given that two years after she wrote the book, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy. I read that Amoruso tried to use this book to pivot into a career motivating women to take charge of their careers, but after reading the book, I’m not sure that she’s the role model women need.