ELLE reviews #GIRLBOSS

By Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso

‘A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.’

So begins #GIRLBOSS.

Penned by the founder and CEO of online retailer Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso’s format-fluctuating book shuttles between a business guide of sorts for budding and aspiring entrepreneurs, to a memoir of Amoruso’s colourful life. However, one thing is immediately clear: the book is not just reserved for ‘girls’, but for women of all ages and all walks of life.

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Presenting as a mish mash of aptly-placed quotes and lyrics, images from Amoruso’s younger days, and anecdotes; the book also talks about the humble beginnings of Nasty Gal (from an online eBay shop called Nasty Gal Vintage), to its swift rise to a million dollar corporation. The book also details career advice from the undeniably useful perspective of CEO.

Throughout the book, Amoruso also honestly – and hilariously – touches upon her younger days shoplifting and hitchhiking; cited as pastimes not necessary in the making of every #GIRLBOSS, but experiences imperative in the makings of the original one.

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With subtle feminist leanings to appease any ELLE-reader: 'I encourage you as a girl, to be who you want and do what you want', every chapter also features 'A Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS' - first person accounts of other entrepreneurial women in fashion/beauty/blogging describing their success stories.

Chaotically scrapbook-like, but a real visual treat.

#GIRLBOSS will be published May 29.

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