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Netflix’s 'Girlboss' Now Available For Streaming: Homage To Nasty Gal CEO

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Sacramento Bee

What you need to know about Netflix's Newest Series 'Girlboss'

What you need to know about Netflix's Newest Series 'Girlboss':

'Girlboss' begins streaming on Netflix Friday, April 21. Netflix's Girlboss is the newest original series, the show tells the story of eBay retailer-turned-CEO Sophia Amoruso and her Nasty Gal clothing brand.

“IT FELT LIKE EVERY STORY WAS ABOUT A FLAWED MAN.”

The series is set to star Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) as a fictionalized version of Amoruso, and, according to the producers, will be a chance for Netflix viewers to embrace a flawed woman in all her complexity.

It’s Based On The Early Life Of Sophia Amoruso

The story follows the early years of Amoruso’s rise to fame as the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. Before becoming a successful businesswoman, Amoruso got her start by reselling clothes on eBay. In the trailer for the series, Britt Robertson portrays Amoruso as going to any means necessary to get what she wants. Whether that includes dumpster diving or hustling a business owner to lower the price of an item she wants to resell, she will do whatever it takes—and this is very reminiscent to the real Amoruso’s early years, where she has admitted to doing similar things.

The Show Won’t Cover Amoruso’s Later Problems

The intriguing thing about the show to most is the timing for when it’s premiering. When it was conceived, Amoruso was at the top of the world. But by the end of 2016, she had stepped down from her company, which had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At least in this first season of the show, that part of Amoruso’s story won’t be covered. It’s currently unknown if it will be should the show be picked up for later seasons.

There Will Be Some Raunchy Humor

The show will have plenty of raunchier moments with the humor involved. Robertson’s Amoruso is rude and self-absorbed, and definitely foul-mouthed. Look for those moments throughout the show’s run, especially since they will likely be used to show the character’s growth as the story moves forward.

There’s An Important Overall Message

Not counting Amoruso’s troubles in the last year, the show does have a very simple message that could be inspiring to millennial women. Success didn’t come easily or immediately to Amoruso, and she had to scratch and claw her way to the top she eventually reached. The series is going to try and drive that message home by chronicling all of that trouble she encountered as it tells her story.

The series adapts Amoruso’s 2014 memoir of the same name, which chronicles her start as a rebellious and dysfunctional 22-year-old who, after starting a vintage clothing eBay shop, strikes it big and builds a brand. According to showrunner Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 2), she was approached with the book when she was “thirsty” tell a story from a woman’s perspective.

“It felt like every story was about a flawed man,” she said, “which is totally fine. But I was really starving to create a story about a woman.”

“I built a whole career on flawed and fucked up characters,” said Charlize Theron, who’s an executive producer on the show and describes the series as an homage to Amoruso’s life. “I have a love affair with that stuff.”

Cannon and Theron described the process of making the show as arduous, as they came up against network expectations of a likable female lead and whether or not viewers will relate to someone as “abrasive” as Sophia. There was even pushback on the word “girl” being in the title, despite series like Girls and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend earning critical acclaim for portraying complicated women. For Theron, the series is about audiences “connecting with the truth of what women are.”

h/t | ibtimes.com

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