At just 32 years old, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has quite the résumé: she built a fashion empire from the ground up, wrote a New York Times best seller, "#Girlboss" and is working on a Netflix show about her life that's being produced by Charlize Theron.
Now, she's back with "Nasty Galaxy," a colorful and eclectic collection of photos and stories that have influenced the Nasty Gal brand.
"'Nasty Galaxy' is like a life bible of my influences," explains Amoruso. "Profiles on badass women... are mixed in with mini essays on everything from really embarrassing moments to my musings on love, networking and more. It's really ecletic — any page will surprise you."
Amoruso gives us a sneak peek.
How is "Nasty Galaxy" different from traditional coffee table books?
It's not simply a photo book or a retrospective of my brand. It’s like a personal journal that builds on what I established with “#Girlboss,” which celebrates strong women. It’s something you can read more than the average coffee table, but it’s also something that you can pick up and not be intimidated by. It’s not a book you have to commit yourself to. I don’t want to call this a coffee table book, but it’s beautiful enough to be one.
What are some examples of essays you'll find in the book?
There are a couple pages on love, how I think about that word, how I think about relationships today. There’s also a bit about being right, and why being right is actually kind of boring. You don’t get to learn anything when you’re correct — when you’re wrong, you get to learn things. I’m really transparent about a lot of things, which is fun for people since it makes them feel less weird to know that they’re not the only ones.
Why did you decide to write a second book?
“#Girlboss” was my story, and it was like a business book meets a self-help book meets entertainment. “Nasty Galaxy” is the same voice and the same spirit, but it’s really visual. I’m a visual person — I’ve built a very visual brand. I love design, I love interiors and I love music. While those things can seem superficial, they really add up to what is my world. I wanted to have fun and create something really beautiful that still has a lot of substance.