She took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful self-made women ever. She started the girl boss movement, had it all, and then recently her company declared bankruptcy. Now she’s copping a lot of flack. But she’s fighting back.
Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal and author of bestselling book (and one of my personal faves) #GIRLBOSS and now Nasty Galaxy, built her empire from the ground up. She started with an eBay site and grew it into a multi-million dollar fashion retailer from the age of 22. She was once digging for food out of trash cans to later making it on to the Forbes rich list.
However, there were certainly a few challenges along the way. And now she’s facing probably one of the biggest ones yet.
I was heart broken when I heard the bankruptcy news. It’s such a big heavy word and I looked up to her so much.
But sometimes sh** happens. And I’m still looking up to her.
Amoruso stood down from her role as CEO in early 2015, and is now letting go of her role as Executive Chairwoman. However, she has plenty on to keep her busy, continuing to be a pioneer for women around the world.
She literally started from nothing, then had it all and she’s now going through some really tough times. And yet she’s still crushing it. Here’s why.
She has a Netflix TV show on her coming out. With Britt Robertson playing Sophia Amoruso and Charlize Theron on board as one of the producers, this show will deliver insight into her life. Believed to follow the book closely, with a mix of non-fiction and fiction, the comedy will cover how she went from being a girl boss in training to having an empire. Get out the popcorn. I’m excited for some binge viewing.
She’s hosting an epic conference for women. The one-day event, Girl Boss Rally, is on March 4 in LA, with a range of speakers from Elaine Welteroth editor of Teen Vogue to Rahel Weiss VP at L’Oreal and Brit Morin founder and CEO of Brit & CO amongst others, talking about marketing, branding, career transitions, health and wellness and sexuality. There will also be an on-site photographer to help attendees with their LinkedIn profile pics, beauty treatments, pop-up shops and more. I wish I was in LA so I could attend!
She’s a fighter. Despite being thrown multiple curve balls in life, she continues to hold her head high and she’ll always push through the tough times. Amoruso was on stage in front of hundreds of people at Sydney’s Business Chicks event at the end of 2016 when the news broke in the US that Nasty Gal was filing for bankruptcy. She had to talk about what was happening pretty much on the spot. At the event, Amoruso commented:
It’s really interesting to be here [in Sydney]. I mean, talk about being public, like, hello 1,000 women! It’s so weird to feel the muscle memory and scar tissue that comes with having already dealt with so much, that I am capable of dealing. Things that I would have freaked out about two years ago I can handle now. Hopefully that is how I feel two years from now about this. It was my first business. I got really far.”
Hells yea she did!
Later on Instagram she posted an image saying, “What is coming is better than what is gone”, with a message to her followers (me being one of them), “What a f***ing year. Grateful for all I have, for all of you, for all that is to come. Thank you for your support during the most difficult twelve months of my life.”
What a girl boss, right?
She’s diversified AF. Not only is she super busy paving the way for future girl bosses with her epic site Girl Boss, which is filled with loads of inspo and advice, plus she manages Girl Boss radio and she’s a producer on her own TV show, she’s also contributing editor to Marie Claire. Talk about a choca filled life.
We still love her. With a huge global following – nearly half a mil on social media and growing – she has a powerful voice and uses it for good. Her #GIRLBOSS Foundation continues to support budding entrepreneurs with $15,000 grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help fund them on their way to becoming a girl boss.
I’m personally excited to see what else is around the corner for Amoruso. And I’ll still be a follower.
Images are from her Instagram. Check it out for more girl boss inspo.
As a girl boss yourself, why don’t you come along to our careers high tea event in Auckland? It’s on Sat 21 Jan. Get your tickets now!