This art work was done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish (Rapid Red, Mauve It, Cinna-snap, Gone Gray and Go for Gold). "Nasty Gals do it better" is the Nasty Gal's company slogan. Shown here is a recreation based on a previously held Instagram contest asking fans to show their devotion to the Nasty Gal brand.
I met her through my favorite fashion magazine in 2012, the November issue of ELLE. She was everything I aspired to be and she was a Millennial (a member from the generation born between 1980 and 2000). Sophia captivated my inner bad girl, but most of all she captivated my internally inspired boss. I was so exhilarated by her story that I shared it with all my friends. As a consequence, they can quite honestly tell you about my excitement for Sophia Amoruso and her rise to her #GIRLBOSS throne. I shared her story in speeches, presentations and in socializing within my college level courses. And when her book released in May of 2014 I rusted to Barnes and Noble to eagerly purchase my copy of #GIRLBOSS written by the praiseworthy rags to riches queen herself and CEO of Nasty Gal. I guess you can say I was intoxicated by the possibilities that Sophia Amoruso presented to me. After all, ELLE has featured some of the most powerful and up and coming female ambitionist since its conception in 1985, exactly three decades ago, in order to inspire and motivate young women from France all the way to the United States and this feature was no exception.
In 2012 , when the article "Talk Dirty to Me" featuring Sophia Amoruso written by Maggie Bullock was published in the November issue of ELLE magazine, her company's reported revenue was at $22.9 million. As of the release of her book in 2014 (above) this figure had more than quadrupled to over $100 million anually. A 23% growth.
I had, just two short month prior to the release of this issue, turned thirty and I was completely lacking passion much like Sophia when she decided to launch Nasty Gal on eBay. A girl that could be good at almost anything, could not seem to stick with any of those things for long because of her lack of passion for them. This is what connected me to the Nasty Gal and I will admit, I was totally amazed!
To say that she confesses to hating the word "empowerment" is strangely ironic, being that she has empowered me in a subtle way to launch this blog. Sophia, I'm sorry to sound so tampon-y, but it's the truth; without ever having the pleasure to yet wear the Nasty Gal brand you helped me express something inside. I don't have to be a wallflower or skate through life being unnoticed. Armed with my sexy. I'm owning myself!
Read the ELLE magazine article, Talk Dirty to Me, by Maggie Bullock here!