And you’ve definitely got neighbour-envy right now — we all need a little RuPaul in our lives.
However, while Netflix’s Girlboss tells the simple rags-to-riches story of Sophia Marlowe, the real tale of Sophia Amoruso — the inspiration behind the series — is so much more complex.
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Sure, Amoruso went from dumpster diving to running a business worth $280 million, but that’s not where her story started — or where it ended.
Amoruso is the daughter of middle-class parents from Sacramento. When they both lost their jobs in the 1990s, she learnt to fend for herself early. She set up her own lemonade business when she was just nine and started reading books about start-ups before she was even in high school.
And that business acumen paid off – before Amoruso ever flipped a vintage jacket on eBay, she stalked the best seller lists on Amazon, stealing the books from local stores, and then selling them on Amazon for 10 cents less than the other sellers. Illegal? Yes. Genius? Definitely.
And this was while she was living in an anarchist commune in Olympia, Washington, and dating a guy who lived in a tree house.
She had 10 different jobs before she 22 and she puts this down to her desire to make a buck and her self-confessed ‘job promiscuity’.
But the biggest difference between the Netflix series and Amoruso’s real life (and possibly the most disappointing – if you’re a RuPaul fan) is the people in her life.
Sadly, the friends Amoruso surrounded herself with – the neighbour played by RuPaul, and her very likeable best friend, Annie, never actually existed in real life. Creator Kay Cannon added these lovable characters to Amoruso’s story to make it more cinematic. Sophia says when she launched the website she only had one or two employees and a very limited support network.