You may already be familiar with Sophia Amoruso, American businesswoman and founder of Nasty Gal—a multimillion-dollar fashion business. You may have even read her novel by now, which recounts her teenage years spent hitchhiking, committing petty theft and searching for leftover bagels in the trash…
Now a real-life inspired Netflix original series titled Girlboss (just like the book, sans hashtag) was recently released to share how Sophia went from Dumpster diving to founding a stylish label. Actress Britt Robertson plays rebellious 23-year-old Sophia who loves the fashion industry, especially vintage clothing.
Early in the show, Amoruso is not very likable. She loses several jobs, steals and refuses help from her father. Her attitude and unwillingness to become an adult are holding her back from reaching her full potential. However, as the series progresses, her character starts to—slowly—grow on you.
Sophia’s online eBay store all began when she bargained down the price of an original 1970s jacket at a thrift store. The owner of the shop sold it to her for $9, unaware of the true value of the piece. Broke and trying to avoid being evicted from her apartment, Sophia snaps a picture of herself modeling the cool item and posts it on eBay. In a matter of minutes, someone bids $175 for it. Score!
While this thrift store coup gave her an idea that surprisingly paid off big-time, Sophia faces bigger challenges as she tries to launch her own fashion business. She must work on her character, undergo significant changes and make decisions that could alter her life forever.
Catch this series if you’re in the mood for a self-indulgent, rags-to-riches story…or if you liked the book of the same name. There are 13 half-hour episodes available to stream now on Netflix.
Guilty pleasure, anyone?