Girlboss: What Can the Netflix Show Teach You?

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Okay, so who else binge watched Girlboss? Surely it wasn't just me zipping my way through Netflix's tv series about real-life self-made fashion millionaire Sophia Amoruso aka Nasty Gal?! Was it?

Admittedly, I held out until the end but it required serious effort. The show fictionalises Amoruso's terminal unemployability and her subsequent rise to the head of her vintage fashion empire following a series of conflicts with family, friends, the vintage fashion community and even Ebay. Amoruso - played impeccably by Britt Robertson - is indisputably unlikeable (apparently true to her character in real life). As a result, her ascent to success is difficult to watch for moral beings like ourselves. I don't know if I would really recommend the show to watch but there's a good few pointers in there about life and work.

Here goes:


Your inability to remain employed might not be the worst thing in the world. Not finding your purpose in life could ultimately lead to a career you never even thought about! Like an Ebay Empire. Who'd have thunk it?!


Have you an eye for fashion? Good with a camera? Got an unfaltering ambitious vision? Your creativity can translate into every facet of your life, both personal and professional.


A phrase typically reserved for women (cause obviously we are uniquely capable of such behaviour, duh) but can actually serve people well in a dog-eat-dog world. Or a dog-eat-cat world. Do you see where I'm going with this? Basically, strong women can handle strong men by whatever means at their disposal (which doesn't usually entail violence, sexual harassment or impenetrable structural hierarchies). Kind of like a subversive feminist activism, yay.


Amoruso breaks down a community (namely the vintage fashion one) and builds her own. Yet even her own community threatens to dismantle because of her selfishness. Achieving her singular vision no matter the consequence is both essential and detrimental to her success. Community (family, friends, customers, employers etc) is your support system. Know its value!


Knowing what you're good at and what you need help with is imperative. If you know fashion - as in how to make, buy, supply etc - then use that skill. If you hear about a major second-hand sale then seize the opportunity to find a bargain. If you have a friend who knows marketing then pick their brain. Amoruso is a master at this - she exploits resources at her disposal with a shrewd disposition. She's usually immoral but is also impressive.

Robertson's fictional portrayal of Sophia Amoruso has her as an unbearable, selfish young woman carving out her space in the fashion world with little regard for anyone else but herself. It's not the easiest of watching but it's entertaining none-the-less and I have even gleaned some of the aforementioned insights from it. Productivity at it's best: there's lessons to learn everywhere, even from bad tv and - quite frankly - bad people!