How often does one see a woman standing up for what she thinks is right while she is on a verge of making impulsive decisions? Not often. But Sophia Amoruso is one such woman who did what she believed in, even when it meant a reselling an old clothing piece bought at a thrift store for $8 for $1000 on her eBay account called ‘the Nasty Gal’; it later became a brand that stayed way too long in news for all the wrong reasons like scandals, bankruptcy and what not. Within three months of her somewhat feminist startup, everything in Amoroso’s life started crumbling down.
At the age of 30, Sophia had managed to make news at all important, prominent and famous forums. The list included snobbish and elite names like Forbes, Fortune, and even Vanity Fair. What else would one want? But it's not always rainbows and the sunshine, within the next 3 months Sophia’s business had to go through a crisis as one of the employees had filed a lawsuit against it as if that wasn’t enough Sophia’s husband decided to leave her as well leaving her in a state of turmoil. She was all down in a bathrobe and a baseball cap smoking up cigarettes in Beverley Hill hotel like most elite class people do.
However, that’s not it. It wasn’t ever. Sophia Amoroso believed in her dreams and worked for them, she took her lessons well.
She worked hard at making strategies and branding her brainchild Nasty Gal but it was too late for that. During all this time, there was one thing that Sophia did which outsmarted everything else that had been happening around her which is she kept writing books and it was only during the promotion of her second book Nasty Galaxy in Australia she got the news of her company’s bankruptcy. But she handled it with grace and a positive attitude.
She recovered from the loss of all things personal and business at God speed, now she has a business, a community empowering women, a media company Girl Boss and a foundation to her name that gives women grants who are working media, design and arts.
The exciting part of failure is a whole Netflix series being made on it- #GirlBoss a comedy series is based on nothing but the comic failures of Sophia. Season 1 has already hit the screens, however, directors are a bit skeptical about season 2.
But you have it. The lady who didn’t back down, the lady who thought you couldn’t have it all- but reinstated her statement- ‘you can’t have it all at the same time.’
“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it. If this is a man’s world, who cares? I’m still really glad to be a girl in it.”