Netflix’s new comedy Girlboss is a true story … kind of. Although the series, executive-produced by Charlize Theron, is adapted from the rags-to-riches autobiographical account of online retail pioneer Sophia Amoruso, creator Kay Cannon tells Yahoo TV that there’s a healthy dose of fiction mixed into the facts. “The bigger things are true, but in terms of her day-to-day world, that’s fabricated,” she explains. That said, Amoruso (played by Under the Dome‘s Britt Robertson) testifies to the authenticity of some of the events that occur onscreen: “In the first two episodes, I get fired from a shoe store for eating a sandwich, which really happened, and find myself with a hernia and no health insurance. It was just a comedy of errors, and it’s become a real comedy of errors!”
But Amoruso’s success story is no joke. After getting her start by selling vintage clothing scoured from San Francisco thrift shops on eBay, she later launched her own fashion label, Nasty Girl, and landed on the list of Forbes‘ richest self-made women. (She parted ways with Nasty Girl in 2015, and the company filed for bankruptcy the following year.) Her tip for other aspiring girlbosses? “Fail fast and learn hard,” Amoruso advises in the below video. Ain’t that the truth.
Girlboss premieres Friday, Apr. 21 on Netflix.
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