Tonight my friend and I hit up the Booksmith Presents Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss conversation with Brit Morin, Founder & CEO of Brit + Co at the Roxie Theatre in SF. In case you did not know Sophia Amoruso is the creative mind (Founder, and once CEO) behind Nasty Gal. Sophia started her multimillion dollar company here in the Bay Area from the ground up one vintage sale at time on eBay. I do not believe she knew what she was getting herself into at that point. She was simply following what felt right. 9 years later, after hardcore grinding, she is back in her old stomping grounds on a #girlbuss tour inspiring aspiring fashionistas and entrepreneurs like myself.
The Q&A session was by far the most interesting part of the event. The audience gained a little insight into the glamorous (and not so glamorous, even “sh*tty” at times) life of the Nasty Gal #Girlboss. What does she snack on while on tour in the humongous tour bus? Turkey, cheese sticks, Kombucha, Teas’ Tea, and hardboiled eggs with the “shell removed; they come like that, from Whole Foods.” she said.
What’s next for Nasty Gal? What isn’t I think is the better question. The sky is NOT the limit for Sophia; she has another book coming out next year which will be titled #NastyGalaxy. It will not be solely fashion focused but rather be a compilation of eye candy for those moved by visually pleasing photos and art, as well as quotes and inspirational people. And no, Beyonce will not be in it but perhaps Noble Peace prize laureate Malala will. What else? A make up line, most definitely! Also, a podcast (#girlbossradio) is set to start around the 19th of this month!
An area she will not be venturing into, (fellas you can stop holding your breath) is menswear. A #NastyGuy line is not in the works at the NastyLab and nothing for the pooches & kiddos either.
For those of you who are interested in joining the #NastyGal crew, Sophia shared some insight regarding what she is looking for in candidates. She likes people that are eager but “not TOO eager.” She appreciates curiosity and expects questions. She is disinterested in those who try to be perfect because she feels that rarely they are being themselves. She advises candidates to have a professional online/social media presence, if you have one at all, because she does look at them!
A great cover letter is a must and do not send her cupcakes in the mail because she is not going to eat them. “I might take a picture of it though,” she admitted.
What was the Vintage Queen wearing?
“My mom said I looked like a yodeler,” Sophia said as she called out at her mom who was sitting in the front row. “It’s vintage Valentino!” she disclosed to the audience. Brit Morin, who was the moderator for the event, was rockin’ a piece from NastyGal’s collection and the pair of ladies looked stunning! (Thanks for letting me borrow your photo Brit )
Overall, I left the event inspired and ready to take on the world because when one hears that Sophia Amoruso’s biggest fear is “the future,” you realize that people who “make it,” (like her) are people just like you and me. So go get them #girlbosses, face your fears and live YOUR dream!