Lionel Richie’s Daughter Explains Why She Goes Off When Mistaken As Non-Black
Lionel Richie’s daughter may only be 19 years old, but when it comes to defending certain aspects of who she is as a young Black woman, she’d be ready to give somebody an old school pimp slap if they try her. Let Sofia explain…
In an interview with Complex Magazine, Sofia got pissed off when recalling the many times she’s experienced racism in the fashion world and other social settings from people who didn’t realize that she is half African American:
“I’m very light, so some people don’t really know that I’m black. I’ve been in situations where people will say something kind of racist and I’ll step in and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, well, you’re light,’” [Sofia] says, her eyes flashing. “That still doesn’t cut it, buddy. It’s 2016—you better get your shit together before you get slapped out here.”
As you can see, Lionel Richie’s lil’ girl is an adorable 19 year old on the outside, but she refuses to follow that brainwashed, old school trend of just being happy because she can “pass” for something other than what she beautifully and authentically is. She’s biracial, with primarily Black and Jewish heritage and she doesn’t have to defy, deny, nor suppress any ounce of her parents’ lineage just to pacify others. So we give the young lady a hand clap for always steppin’ up to put ignorance in check.
Although Sofia Richie is mostly know and praised for her modeling career and beautiful face, she admitted that she wanted to be a singer like her pops at one point:
“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 says. “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.”
Maybe one day, we’ll hear her music, but in the meantime, Miss Richie will keep getting her paper on the runway and in magazines!
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