Many of you have read Sophia Amoruso’s bestselling book #Girlboss (or at least, have used the hashtag on your #WomanCrushWednesday Instas) but for those of you who haven’t– go buy it, then share it with a friend. Amoruso’s winding path to success that starts with dumpster diving and ends with being CEO and founder of Nasty Gal (an online fashion mecca with more than $100 million in revenue, ANNUALLY) would be hard to duplicate. But that doesn’t make the lessons she learned along the way any less universal.
It isn’t a feminist manifesto, or a self-help book or a how-to guide. It’s an incredible story about a woman who never thought she’d be a role model but nevertheless has inspired countless women (and some men) to grab life by the balls, take chances and ignore the naysayers. #hatersgunnahate (#hate #hate #hate #hate)
We want to pass her #girlboss inspiration on so we're going to start spotlighting different kickass Boobypack Angel Girlbosses who are paving their own path to success.
In Sophia’s words: “While you’re reading this, I have three pieces of advice that I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
#GIRLBOSS for life.
The Boobypack Lady
One of my best friends from high school, she’s the kind of girl who will make you laugh so hard you’ll forget you just got dumped over aim. She’s beautiful, crazy smart and can rock a fedora but most importantly, she knows when to let her freak flag fly. Now a writer for theSkimm– a daily newsletter with over half a million subscribers (Including OPRAH)–Avery is a #Girlboss to be reckoned with.
1. What do you do? What is your typical day like?
I'm a writer at theSkimm, the daily newsletter that gives you the stories you need to know every morning, plus some humor. Every other day I wake up at 5AM to update the newsletter before it gets sent out. Then I'm writing and working on other editorial projects from 1PM-11PM. I write in shifts; in the office and remotely, with and without a glass of wine. Skimm HQ loves wine and wine loves it back.
2. Can you tell me a bit about your company? How many work there, have there been any recent milestones, what are the near/far term goals etc.?
theSkimm is small with big goals and a very loyal following. It was started two years ago by two former NBC News producers and now we're an 8 person team. We hit half a million subscribers over the summer and we've grown a lot since then. TheSkimm has a unique voice -- like your friend who tells it like it is, not like a traditional news outlet -- and we're looking to expand that voice into new platforms. We have lots of surprises. Like a Wonderball. Or wearing many layers in winter. Can you tell I'm drunk on the Kool-Aid?
3. What's the biggest difference between your current job and your last job?
The size and importance of my role. I used to work as an associate producer at "Katie," Katie Couric's talk show. While every day was a hustle, I was working on a team with dozens of people -- now there are less than 10. My favorite part of my previous job was writing tape scripts for Katie. Now my entire job involves writing, so I feel very lucky.
4. What keeps you motivated?
My alarm ringtone. It's called "opening," and it's so awful I have to get out of bed and turn it off at 5AM. Also, the feedback. We get emails and tweets every day from people saying they feel smarter and more confident after skimming. "Life changing" gets thrown around -- and since I'm not a motivational speaker, surgeon, or a Beyoncé performance, I'm in awe of that response.
5. If you could have dinner with one famous person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Roald Dahl. I just love his stories. I wouldn't want him to cook though. He'd probably put a lizard in the soup.
6. Who are your role models?
Shonda Rhimes and Mindy Kaling. Talk about women who've built empires based on their creative visions. And my parents. Really, though.
7. If you had to pick one quote/phrase to live by, what would it be?
"Knock 'em dead." Not literally.