Recently I’ve seen a lot of ‘Girl Boss’ inspired merchandise, but where did this term originate? I first saw this term from a book title I read last year by Sophia Amoruso, the CEO of Nasty Gal.
Amoruso’s book titled #Girlboss is not your typical story of the challenges someone faces before being a CEO. Her book details her story of how she wanted to live a different life to most people. She disliked rules and wanted to set her ways for her life. The book explains how she was an outcast at school and her experiences with shoplifting and hitchhiking. She was unable to hold down a steady job and so to make money to survive, Sophia started selling vintage clothing on eBay in 2006. It’s this eBay store which evolved into Nasty Gal, an online destination for young women looking for edgy fashion clothing, shoes, and accessories.
There is a strong message throughout the book that is very inspiring: no matter who you are or what you dream of, never give up. Sophia never dreamed of being a CEO for an online fashion site that is worth over $100 million dollars. Her message, reinforced throughout the book, uses positive quotes and case studies of other fashion achievers such as Christene Barberich, the Editor in Chief of Refinery29.
Sophia Amoruso #Girlboss is a compelling read. It’s honest, up front and unconventional with a clear message for those wanting to embrace a life that is different from most and achieve your success.
For those who enjoy a different type of CEO success story, this book is for you.
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