Ok, so here’s the thing: the Netflix show you’re about to become obsessed with has just dropped its first trailer, and I’m excited.
The show follows Sophia Amoruso, the real-life American entrepreneur who began selling vintage clothes on eBay at 22, and by 27 was running a multi-million dollar empire with her brand NASTY GAL. Sophia Amoruso isn’t exactly the perfect role model – she was a prolific shoplifter, and she filed for bankruptcy last year – but her story is everything you want from a TV show. She’s a complete live wire, crackling with ideas and ambition and really, really good jokes.
Well, what are we waiting for? ON WITH THE BRAIN DUMP.
0:07: First of all, let’s get one thing straight: no vintage shop is every actually this cool. Whenever I attempt to buy vintage, I’m faced with the realisation that A) beautiful prints often come with scratchy, horrible fabric and B) because food rationing didn’t end in Britain until 1954, a huge amount of women were seriously thin. Please, please remember that the next time you see a beautiful 1960s shift dress that doesn’t even fit over your head.
0:15: Two things to say here: One, where can I get that velvet waistcoat? Two, TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET THAT VELVET WAISTCOAT.
0:31: “You know how some people flip houses? I flip clothes.”
Guys, this is just a sneaking suspicion that I have, stop me if I’m wrong, but I think – I THINK – this woman might be the GirlBoss the title refers to.
As in, RuPaul Of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the best reality show of all time!
1:00: “Those shoes are ridiculous…”
Do you see this face?
This is the face of a man who has never been, nor will ever be, a 22-year-old millionaire. I don’t know what your character’s name is, Half-Naked Man, but I find your lack of vision and commitment to ridiculous shoes very troubling.
1:09: I don’t know who this old lady is who just hit GirlBoss across the face, but something tells me that GirlBoss deserved it.
1:18: There comes a time in every woman’s life where she must learn to separate valid criticism from the total bollocks that people hurl at her in an attempt to make her feel bad. This freeze frame of GirlBoss’ eBay comments is a masterclass in both.
“Snout-nosed bitch”: this is not valid criticism. This is someone being mean about what is clearly a perfectly normal nose. File under ‘haters’.
“This chick sells clothes from the eighties and then has the nerve to pass them off as vintage. Even Hitler wouldn’t do that.” If she’s lying about the era her clothes are from, that’s not great. However, I dispute the claim that “even Hitler wouldn’t do that”, given that Hitler died 50 years before eBay was founded. It is not for us to decide what terrible things Hitler would have done if he had an eBay account. File under ‘invalid criticism’.
“The mark up on this stuff is ridiculous.” Ok, maybe it is. File under ‘yeah you have a point.’
2:02: Can I just say how refreshing it is to see a 22-year-old woman running a successful internet start-up? Honestly, I don’t think I could take another film or TV show where a quiet boy genius in a grey zip-up becomes the founder of a tech start-up and is then led astray. GirlBoss is clearly the master of her own destiny, and I am HERE FOR IT.
I don’t know what the narrative point of GirlBoss pushing a car up a hill while waving her middle finger in the air is making, but I like to think of it as a metaphor for the entire show. We ALL have to push our own crappy car up a hill, and we all need to wave our fingers in the air while we do it. You go, GirlBoss, you go!
GirlBoss is bringing us fashion, great songs, jokes, and a pleasingly scuzzy LA vibe. Also, it’s from the people who made Pitch Perfect. Could you ask for more? (You could, but you’d be being greedy.)
What to do while you wait:
Whip It serves up a similar girl-power-with-a-grunge-edge vibe, and it’s on Netflix too! Also, read Sophia Amoruso’s book #GirlBoss.