By MEHER MASALAWALA
May 31, 2017
“The show tends to fantasize the millennial generation with their angst and stubborn pursuit of anything non-status quo, who then manage to attain a disproportional amount of success compared to their peers.”
Sophia Amoruso created a multi-million dollar online clothing business, called NastyGal, in a span of a few years and she started it on little old eBay.
The last decade has seen a boom in the potential that the Internet possesses and has dispensed to its users. Many have made careers out of branding themselves and Netflix’s new show Girlboss created by Kay Cannon and produced by Cannon and Charlize Theron (among others) is about one such individual.
Amoruso used resources that were easily available to her and with some hard work and dedication she made it! Yay! Every young person’s dream is to make a name for him or herself online, go viral and become the next YouTube mogul and make an exorbitant amount of money.
But of course, it’s not that simple. Nothing ever is–unfortunately, I’m not sure if the show is aware of this.
The show introduces us to a young, fiery, doesn’t-give-a-rats-butt about anything twenty-something Sophia, played by Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), who is directionless and confused and therefore every parent’s, including her dad’s, worst nightmare.
She is trying to find her something that will excite her, allow her to pay rent, and prevent her from becoming a boring adult-because adulthood is where dreams go to die. What is her dream though? She’s not quite there yet.
Sophia finds a rare vintage jacket at a used clothing store, buys it at a dirt-cheap price, and lists it on eBay. As the bids get higher so does her realization that this could be it. Eureka, she has figured out life–flipping clothing, like houses but easier. But that’s just one jacket and the viewer who is aware of the real life “nastygal” wonders how she got to become someone worth 10 million dollars. The premise is good but the content doesn’t match up to its expectations.
The premise is good but the content doesn’t match up to its expectations.
The show tends to fantasize the millennial generation with their angst and stubborn pursuit of anything non-status quo, who then manage to attain a disproportional amount of success compared to their peers. The makers of the show, however, don’t always successfully portray it in an inspiring way. Each episode begins with a warning that the content is loosely based and that may be because they are trying to mold a success story into a comedy about a girl who lives full volume.
It is meant to attract and inspire but it takes the entire 13-episode season to get comfortable with Sophia’s personality. She is not an initially likable character and while Britt Roberston is talented she comes off as un-relatable and selfish at times.
Annie (Ellie Reed) her best friend is cute and says cheeky unfiltered things but you never seem to get a convincing warm “aww” moment between them, though the show has tried. Shane, Sophia’s boyfriend (Johnny Simmons), and Dax, Annie’s boyfriend (Alphonso McAuley), provide support but don’t exactly shine. RuPaul Charles as her neighbor Lionel is hilarious but we don’t see him as much as we would like to, hopefully, that will change next season.
The first season shows the conception, efforts, and relationships that were the foundation of NastyGal that ultimately leads to Sophia launching her own site in the season finale. At times it is more about Sophia and friends and less about NastyGal the company.
It takes time for the creators to get into the groove of how to present the show and the last episode is the best of the season because it has a good balance between Sophia, the girl, and Sophia, the girl boss. In life, things happen simultaneously and I appreciated seeing that aspect and hopefully, season two finds a more consistent tone for the show.
In life, things happen simultaneously and I appreciated seeing that aspect and hopefully, season two finds a more consistent tone for the show.
The show is somewhat relatable to the adults who still can’t “adult” but in the beginning of the season, it seems forced and caricatured. Everyone tells her she doesn’t have the temperament or dedication for business-and she doesn’t in the traditional sense-but it happened.
This isn’t a millennial verses boomers conversation; it’s just that Sophia tends to be difficult.
Interestingly, the real Sophia Amoruso reached the top but NastyGal has gone bankrupt. The show is based on her book but reality has taken another turn.
Oh, how they rise and fall, season two is coming and hopefully it’s better.