Sophia Amoruso started Nasty Gal in 2006 as an online store on ebay called "Nasty Gal Vintage."
The California native said in an interview to the LA Times that the name Nasty Gal was inspired by the legendary Bette Davis. Amoruso started by exploring and scouring different thrift shops all along the California coast, and one of her most successful finds include a vintage Chanel Jacket she acquired for $8 and then sold for $1050!
By 2008, Nasty Gal evolved from being a mere ebay vintage shop, to having its own website- www.nastygal.com- and a Berkeley based warehouse with employees.
Amoruso's rapidly-growing Nasty Gal empire now has its own original collection, more than 150 employees and its own biannual publication: Super Nasty.
Super Nasty, Nasty Gal's chic magazine, has some talented collaborators including: David Black, Delaney Allen, and even the legendary Terry Richardson collaborated on the first issue.
And finally, Sophia Amoruso spoke to Style.com about her future venture: writing a book, below she shares some words of wisdom on how one doesn't have to focus on being someone else:
"I'm working on a book, and there's a chapter on role models, called "Kill your Idols," (...) If I were starting up, it would keep me down. So I just stare straight ahead and do my best every day. The whole celebrity worship thing, it's not me... I want everyone to be her own hero."
I find Nasty Gal's story incredibly inspiring. Sophia Amoruso is a truly successful and authentic businesswoman and fashionista.
Click here to read her 2012 interview with the LA Times
Click here to read Amoruso's interview on Style.com
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