As a child of music royalty, Sofia Richie has been blessed with a unique set of privileges as well as opportunities; however, she has still had to overcome several obstacles—especially when it came to her career.
Though many know Sofia as the daughter of Lionel Richie, younger sister of Nicole Richie, and the former girlfriend of Justin Bieber, the 17-year-old has been making a name for herself in the world of fashion. Not only has she modeled for publications like Elle, Vogue China, and Vanity Fair Italy, Sofia also made her runway debut in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show earlier this year. Pretty impressive gigs, no doubt, but that hasn’t stopped others from questioning her abilities.
The 5-foot-6 tall Sofia doesn’t have the typical frame of a model, which is one of her biggest criticism. Many insist she doesn’t have the height of a professional model, and is only getting jobs because of her famous last name. But it appears Sofia isn’t bothered by the haters.
“It’s not like I called and begged these designers to work with me,” she explains in her new Complex cover story. “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.”
It’s good to know she isn’t letting the hate bring her down.