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Rags-To-Riches Dramedy ‘Girlboss’ Is Annoying When It's Supposed To Be Inspiring

Skip the show and read the book instead.

This Charlize Theron-produced drama series is loosely inspired by the rags-to-riches story of Sophia Amoruso, the founder of fashion retailer Nasty Gal. For the record, Nasty Gal, which at one point was worth US$280 million (S$390 mil), has since gone bankrupt. 

But the online biz isn’t the only thing that’s gone kaput — the series flat-lines pretty spectacularly as well. Once called the “Cinderella of Tech”, Amoruso built a multi-million-dollar fashion empire from scratch, which should, by all accounts, make for an inspiring feel-good story.

But Girlboss is little more than millennial bait, and not a very good one at that. For a start, the show, which begins in 2006, feels hopelessly dated, and not in that deliberately hip way.

And the fictionalised version of Amoruso (played by Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson) is so abrasive and self-absorbed you really don’t care what happens to her next. Skip the series, read the book.

FYI: Singapore gets a shout-out in one of the episodes. 

Watch It On: Netflix 


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