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Sophia Amoruso Expands Nasty Gal - WSJ.com


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"I'M A CAPITALIST, I'm a CEO, I run a big business, I'm an employer," says Sophia Amoruso, the 29-year-old head ofNasty Gal, the online fashion retail empire that she transformed from an eBay vintage store into a $240 million company in just seven years. "But it's all secondary to the way it happened, because I could be anything."

Sitting in the back garden of New York's Crosby Street Hotel dressed in a crocheted lace dress and a trench draped over her shoulders, Amoruso is reflecting on the period of her life between age 17—when she left home in Sacramento to dumpster dive, work in record stores and side with anarchism while she floated up and down the West Coast—and 22, when she started Nasty Gal. She named the company after the song by funk musician Betty Davis, the second wife of Miles Davis. "I've accepted what I have, and I feel like I've completely done it on my own terms," says Amoruso, who is now based in Los Angeles.

Here I thought she named it after the Janet Jackson song "Nasty".

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