The hotly anticipated trailer for the new Netflix original series Girlboss is officially here. While most are sitting on the edge of their seats, we’re feeling a little weary.
The series is “loosely” based on the life of Sophia Amoruso, the fashion phenomenon who started Nasty Gal. Amoruso has turned her unconventional path to success into a NY Times bestselling book, a conference and now a TV series. She’s inspired millions of girls across the country to find success on their own terms, just as she did.
In a nutshell, Amoruso was living a nomadic lifestyle when she began selling vintage clothing found at thrift stores online at eBay. After she was kicked off eBay for breaking their rules, she started her own website and company Nasty Gal, which launched her into stardom. She eventually landed a spot on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women before she filed for bankruptcy this year and stepped down as CEO. Her life story is certainly a whirlwind and was almost made for TV.
Based on the trailer, which stars Britt Robertson as Amoruso, it certainly should be entertaining at the least. That’s not what concerns us.
What exactly will be the message of Girlboss? In a time when we so desperately need female role models, we’re just not sure Amoruso is the one to hail right now. On one hand, she shows girls how to play be their own rules and get what they want; that they don’t have to be silent and act like “nice young ladies” to reach success — we love that part! But the truth is some rules are just not made to be broken. Like stealing other designers’ looks, passing them off as your own, and then claiming Taylor Swift wore an “original Nasty Gal” to the red carpet is just not cool.
Don’t get us wrong, we know that successful women are complex creatures and they’re not going to be 100% admirable. But will the series reflect this? Only time will tell. In the meantime, legions of #Girlboss fans across the nation will be watching with eyes peeled.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.