I was there for the excitement of Nasty Gal’s CEO Sophia Amoruso releasing her first book, #GIRLBOSS, but I didn’t get to read the book until this past February. Because her trajectory has been idolized most by the millennial bracket, aside from reviews by the New York Times and Huffington Post that rendered her the Cinderella label, commentators of the Internet and social media era were unabashedly disappointed that Amoruso did not provide a literal step-by-steps guide on how to create your own business into a successful one. Upon hearing such criticism, I found it a little unfair and whiny, but all I could take of #GIRLBOSS were the face value perceptions until I read it myself. As a young woman that’s migrated to the overestimated culture that is New York City, I definitely wanted to read her book. I myself had bought a sweater jacket from nastygal.com and I was curious to know how she gained the courage to create her own store.
As dissatisfied critics had warned, #GIRLBOSS is not a how-to Create Your Own Empire for Dummies guide. But when I read the last lines of her first book, I accepted its purpose that as an encouragement tool for the Nasty Gal fanbase and other women, with or without an academic background, all roads and experiences can lead to a profitable and influential platform or business that begins with you. It may transpire as “easy for her to say” because Amoruso is today the CEO that’s stepped down from her company as a self-made millionaire, but what is so eye-roll(ing) worthy about the actual message of #GIRLBOSS (instilling the perseverance in you)? If one is picking up her book as an easy way to get their projects off the ground, they’re still stuck in the wrong mindset. You should want to feel motivated, not coddled by any advice you shall receive.
The annoyance charged at it, now that I’ve completed Amoruso’s memoir/semi-quasi self-help book is that, while I enjoyed it and felt more prompt to be the one-woman show necessary to my survival, comes from the fact that Amoruso intentionally led a vagabond lifestyle. She did regularly struggle with having money in her pocket and was not fully assured on where to go with her career prospects, yet it was also too convenient that she was able to monkey bar from job to job, and from the kind of jobs that didn’t require a college degree, and move back home with her parents if all else failed. She’s not of the silver spoon offspring, but her juvenile delinquency was not of circumstance but insistence.