Netflix Embraces a Nasty Gal, Based on the Real Deal
- The New York Times April 19, 2017
When the screenwriter Kay Cannon started shopping around her new show — a comedy loosely based on the Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s rise from Dumpster-diving shoplifter to the e-commerce fashion queen of the early aughts — television executives requested some revisions.
Ms. Cannon was told not to name the show after the title of Ms. Amoruso’s best-selling memoir, “#GIRLBOSS,” because the “girl” part could be a turnoff to audiences. So, too, could other elements of the show. Like the lead character’s personality.
“It always comes down to this idea of the female lead having to be incredibly likable,” Ms. Cannon said. “I wanted to tell the story of a flawed woman that is not a fairy tale.”