Sofia Richie is just about everywhere these days. On the cover of Complex, Wonderland and now Galore. Photographed by renowned creative directors, Prince Denoa and Jacob Dekat for Galore’s 2017 Art issue, she sits pretty in bits of Moschino, Versace, Betsey Johnson, Dior, Chanel, Gabriel Held Vintage and many more.
The up and coming “It” girl dished on the impact her famous family’s shadow (her father is Lionel Richie and her sister is Nicole Richie) have had on her.
“Yeah, I mean I went through it for a really long time, just feeling really in their shadow, but I grew out of it. I tried to separate myself as much as possible, figure out what I liked to do and how to get it done my own way instead of having them consistently helping me out. It’s a work in progress, but I’m trying.”
Her struggle becomes all the more clear, considering the early career aspirations she used to have for herself.
“I wanted to have a music career for a long time. Music is my life and it speaks to me—Rihanna, a lot of Frank Ocean, I love Shawn Mendes!” she told Complex. “But I don’t want my own music career. I’m Lionel Richie’s daughter. When I do this I have to be 100 percent good, and it was too much pressure for me. I just want to have my own direction and be free with it. I don’t want anyone to have a hold on me because of my dad.”
Richie has carved out a well-rounded resume for herself in her time as a model. However, it hasn’t been without peer and social media scrutiny. Some scream nepotism, while others are displeased with her 5’6 frame.
“It’s not like I called and begged these designers to work with me. They felt my vibe and we were cool and that’s that. People obviously don’t respect some of the shoots I do because I’m short and this or that, but I really don’t let that stuff get to me[.]”
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