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Sofia Richie: ‘People Don’t Really Know That I’m Black’

Model Sofia Richie attends the 2nd Annual InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Model Sofia Richie attends the 2nd Annual InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

*Rising star Sofia Richie says she’s heard her share of racist comments from people who assume that she is white and get too comfortable.

“I’m very light, so some people don’t really know that I’m black,” Richie, 18, says in the December/January issue of Complex. “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.’”

The daughter of Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander says that’s no excuse for making discriminatory remarks around her.

“That still doesn’t cut it, buddy,” she says. “It’s 2016 — you better get your s— together before you get slapped out here.”

Richie also speaks about how her newfound fame has come with pressure to always look put-together — and she wishes that weren’t the case.

“Sometimes you just want to walk out of your house and look ugly and get a coffee and wear your sweatpants all day,” she says. “Honestly, I might’ve thrown [my outfit] together in 30 seconds. I might’ve slept in that. And s—, someone’s going to photograph me, and everyone’s going to say I’m a mess or I look depressed, when really I’m just not wearing mascara.”

Read Sofia Richie’s Complex cover story and watch her photo shoot here.

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