This is the telling of the story of Sophia Amoruso, the woman behind the vintage website Nasty Gurl and behind the #girlboss movement. It charts her time from unemployed gal with a need for cash to millionaire mogul. A rags to riches story with a bit of hard work thrown in. Here's hoping Season 2 will tell the story of how it all came undone. Because that's real life.
The critics have been a bit harsher on the show that I feel they should be. They complain that she is no longer a freeman, yet does anyone know a freegan in their 30s? I know a number of people who were freegans in their early 20's, who are no longer freegans in their 30s. Give them a paying job and they quickly abandon the freeganism. The critics call her out for abandoning her beliefs, but then also complain that her definition of success is a Barbie Dreamhouse. Somehow I think the freegan thing was more about the lack of cash than principles, don't you? Through each episode her goal is to make money, it doesn't really give any other higher goal.
The critics also complain about how harsh she is on the people around her. Maybe she is a little, maybe she isn't. I think we all make mistakes along the way. Actions that you or I have taken towards friends may also make us look horrible but complied against all the other things we've done, we're not bad people.
The critics call her a feminist icon and then dissect her feminist choices. Just because she's a women who's achieved success doesn't necessarily brand her a feminist. Their labelling then taking it away is what is the issue. The show shows us where she's come from. She built an empire and that is success in itself. The story was worth telling and if her personality doesn't fit the nice meek, yes girl persona that you expect from women, then more power to it.
Girlboss - Check it out on Netflix