"What does it mean to be a #Girlboss?"
This question was asked over and over again by a camera crew to throngs of girls, including myself, lined up in front of Nasty Gal's "brick and murder" store on the Santa Monica Promenade as they waited to be let in for the event being held there last night. Dressed in their very best looks, with lots of high platform Jeffrey Campbell shoes, suede skirts, fuzzy vests, dark red lips, winged eyeliner sharpened to razor points, these girls waited for the #Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso. Answers that floated around built the characteristics of what it meant to be HGBIC fleshed out a woman who owns her own style, someone confident, someone who faces their fears and becomes better, someone not afraid to be weird, someone not afraid to be misunderstood, someone who is bold, someone who appreciates her femininity but can also hold her own with the boys, someone who takes charge, someone who is creative and passionate and critical and brazen. Sophia has said again and again in interviews and even the book itself that she didn't set out to pen a feminist manifesto or even build an empire like Nasty Gal, but that's the thing about being a #Girlboss--you either are one or you aren't, no planning is necessary. In a true testament to the impact of her memoir, a little over a year after it's initial release in hardback, the book is still a bestseller, still one of the go-to reads for any self proclaimed #Girlboss or (#Boyboss), still an inspiring read for any person with an entrepreneurial brain whether that be in the fashion industry or anywhere else their passions lie.
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I scooped up my copy of the book as soon as it was released last May and stood in line at a Barnes and Noble when she sat down with Nicole Richie to get my copy signed, but I was eager again to meet the woman behind the book and company that have shaped the majority of my wardrobe. So much has been written about Sophia that I hardly think my contribution will say anything that hasn't been already, so I'll just say this: she's fucking cool. And I mean that in the earnest since, like when you look at a fellow blogger and think I want to hang out with her. I wouldn't call her my hero, and if you've read the book, you'd know as well that she doesn't like that moniker for her or anyone else, but she's definitely aspirational. She "started from the bottom" and she's still steadily climbing. Leapfrogging, as she put it last night to Whitney Cummings last night during a Q&A, to wherever her passions take her and that's just so fucking cool. I'm not much of a planner. I'm a doer. I'm the kid who never studied for a test and somehow aced it whether through smarts or just pure luck. I stumbled to piano when I was six and gave up after a month. I floated through drama class and decided not pursue anything. I breezed by guitar lessons and shed it like an accessory to my emo phase along with several heinous pairs of Tripp pants. Basically, I didn't know (and sometimes I still have doubts, even though I'm carving out my niche with writing and styling and all sorts of amazing creative outlets) about where I'm headed, what I hoped to do, where I saw myself at, and in those ways, I relate to my very core on the sentiments in #Girlboss. She found her passion, after years of just floating, doing menial jobs, dumpster diving, hitchhiking, and with tons of hard work she's achieved her goals--all in a world that doesn't take girls seriously! It's a read that kind of leaves you breathless with possibility. You think that: wow, if she could make, maybe, just maybe, so can I.
What does it mean to be a #Girlboss? Look in the mirror. You are one.