We Watched #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amuroso Drop Knowledge and Shed Tears

It's been a tough week for both nasty women and Nasty Gals. First, the election results and now popular fashion retailer Nasty Gal, founded by Sophia Amoruso, has filed for bankruptcy after a decade in the fashion industry. In a crazy coincidence, Amoruso is currently in Sydney, and spoke about the bankruptcy at a sold out Business Chicks event yesterday. We were there to hear her drop knowledge on her successful life up until this point. Read our thoughts on the breakfast event right here.

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Yesterday, more than 900 women (including us!) attended a breakfast event hosted by Business Chicks to hear #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amuroso talk about her life up until now at The Star in Sydney.

She revealed her thoughts on everything from dropping out of school and starting her vintage eBay store, Nasty Gal, from the comfort of her house to writing #GIRLBOSS and NASTY GALAXY, up until the weeks leading up to the event where we found out her company had filed for bankruptcy and her thoughts, days after the result of the US Election.

If you didn’t know, here’s a quick summary of her life:

At 22, Ms Amoruso started an eBay store selling vintage clothing and the company quickly expanded in a multi-million dollar business.

As well as her clothing store, Amoruso has written two books, #Girlboss and Nasty Galaxy, hosts a podcast called Girlboss Radio and is the subject of an upcoming Netflix series loosely based on her career.

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Sophia Amoruso’s entire brand is based on her commercial success, so things got a little serious yesterday morning when she was forced to reveal that Nasty Gal has filed for bankruptcy and she will resign as executive chairwoman. Sad face.

During the Q & A session with Business Chicks CEO Emma Isaacs, Amoruso burst into tears as she admitted she’s “probably made more mistakes than a lot of people have.”
The company has been in trouble for a while, with two rounds of redundancies in the past two years, and has been the target of lawsuits by several former employees. Amoruso herself stepped down as CEO two years ago and has been focusing on the growth of her personal brand.

Isaacs congratulated Amoruso on her strength and bravery in addressing the issue so publically, at which point she broke down in tears.

I started NASTY GAL a decade ago and so, for my first business… I got really far.

The tears and the honesty of Amuroso really showed a vulnerability side to her that we probably would never see had we not been at the Breakfast event and it was actually refreshing to see that besides being a “GIRLBOSS”, at the end of the day she is human.