Ten years ago, Sophia Amoruso created an eBay store called “Nasty Gal Vintage” out of her small San Francisco apartment. Today, Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, a multi-million dollar online retailer, as well as a published author. In 2014, Amoruso published #GIRLBOSS, an autobiography of her impressive career odyssey, which has since become a manifesto for entrepreneurial young women. #GIRLBOSS was the guidebook to success, the “lean in for misfits,” says the Washington Post. However, Amoruso knew that there was something missing within the Nasty Gal legacy. Enter Nasty Galaxy.
Nasty Galaxy is the visual and illustrative embodiment of Amoruso and Nasty Gal. According to Amoruso, “Nasty Galaxy represents infinite possibility—a place in time and space where anything can happen.” Amoruso has created this book as a companion to her personal and professional brand and she has cultivated its contents in the same way that she has run a successful online business — unconventionally. This book is not a style guide or a straight-up brand book, it is instead the embodiment of Amoruso’s philosophies of business, style, relationships, music, and girl power. And here are five of the reasons why we are totally obsessed with it.
1. Amoruso Gives Readers An Inside View of Her Personal Life
Inside Nasty Galaxy, Amoruso has included several personal entries and photographs of Amoruso's home, her closet, even her wedding. Understanding Nasty Gal starts with understanding Amoruso, and Nasty Galaxy tells the narrative of Amoruso both at work and at rest.
2. She Shares Her Picks Of Bad Bitches in Herstory
Each chapter of the book showcases a bad bitch of either music or cinema, giving readers a history lesson of the offbeat women that have inspired girl bosses such as Amoruso. These are women that challenged norms during their careers and because of that, they have a place within Amoruso’s universe.
3. The Book Shows What It Means to Be a Girl Boss
Nasty Galaxy wouldn’t be a product of Amoruso's if it didn’t include a few lessons and tips on how to be a #girlboss. Within Nasty Galaxy, Amoruso outlines what it means to live like a girl boss, and she includes interviews of fellow girl bosses to show readers how they too can find success in authentic and unconventional ways. Amoruso explains that #girlboss isn’t just about being a one-woman-army, but a movement that involves millions of women working together to redefine professional and personal accomplishment.
4. It Stays True To Her “No-Fucks-Given” Ideology
Nothing about this book is conventional and Amoruso makes it clear that Nasty Galaxy will stand apart from the other books on your coffee table. There’s really no way to define Nasty Galaxy as one thing or another, it’s a collage of varying perspectives that speak true to Amoruso’s brand. She puts horoscopes side-by-side with tips on how to mute your poops, and a fuck ton of inspirational quotes mixed in. Nasty Galaxy is abstract, it’s tongue-and-cheek, it’s conceptual, it’s disorganized for all the right reasons — just like the Nasty Gal brand.
5. Nasty Galaxy Is Relatable To Women Everywhere
Amoruso has shown how she became a #girlboss, but Nasty Galaxy shows how women can be their own girl boss. Even though Nasty Galaxy is technically a universe conceptualized by Amoruso, she illustrates through this book that any woman can be a part of it if she has the courage to be unique. Amoruso shows that girl bosses come in all forms, from actors to musician to entrepreneurs, and by doing so she infers that anyone can be a girl boss if they put in the work and stay true to themselves while doing so. She tells her readers that it’s okay to be crass, to be badass, to be blunt, and to go for what you want because she is living proof that you can overcome obstacles and change the world.
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Photos Courtesy of Sophia Amoruso
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