Television loves nothing more than a good tale about an underdog hustler. Whether it's suburban moms selling weed, senior citizens selling sex toys, high school teachers selling meth or, you know, the occasional actual mafioso. Now, thanks to our first look at the latest Netflix series Girlboss it seems like we're finally getting a fashion-themed twist on the format.
The show, which is based on Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso's bestselling autobiography #Girlboss, tells the story of a young Sophia, played by Britt Robertson, as she makes her way from Dumpster-diving to a thrifting eBay clothes seller turning major profits—"You know how people flip houses?" Robertson poses in the new trailer. "Well, I flip clothes."—to the pioneer of her very own online fashion empire.
In the trailer, we catch our first glimpse of a feisty Robertson-as-Sophia making an unbelievable find at a thrift shop (and dispensing some harsh yet real advice to the store's clueless owner) and overcoming obstacle after obstacle. In fact, when it seems Sophia's eBay career is over in light of a few negative reviews and she might move home at the suggestion of her dad, the business-savvy upstart sets her sights on building her own retail platform from the ground up. She boldly declares, "I'll start my own site. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but it’ll be mine."
In addition to Robertson's lead role, the series has some serious star power behind it: Charlize Theron is an executive producer, and Kay Cannon, who penned Pitch Perfect, created the show. And it's no surprise that these female forces had to overcome Hollywood sexism, especially when pitching a series with the word "girl" literally in the title. Cannon has said that one unnamed network actually asked her and Theron to make the show "more for men," when considering their pitch.
In a similar vein, Robertson told Glamour earlier this month that being a "girlboss" means taking ownership of what you want in life.
"For me, [being a] girlboss is about being the boss of your own life," Robertson said. "At 26 I still don’t know what’s happening in my life, but I’m asking, What will make me happy next?"
Ponder that sound advice while you wait for Girlboss to hit Netflix on April 21.
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