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Sofia Richie: ‘Big sister Nicole lit my fashion fire’

Sofia Richie always remains true to herself when it comes to style.

Sofia Richie credits older-sister Nicole for her passion for fashion.

The 18-year-old daughter of crooner Lionel Richie is quickly becoming one of the hottest models in the industry, starring in campaigns for the likes of Michael Kors, walking for Kanye West’s Yeezy line and landing various fashion collaborations. Having 35-year-old Nicole, who helms her own clothing and jewellery lines, as a sibling meant Sofia was surrounded by fashion from a young age.

“I was home-schooled and I travelled with my dad so I feel I grew around adults. So I feel like I was older from the jump,” she told Britain’s Hello! Fashion Monthly magazine. “Nicole had taught me that if you want something you have to work for it. My interest in fashion is from her. She’s taught me to be myself with style.”

Despite standing at 5ft 6in, Sofia hopes people will see past her height, which is typically shorter than most models’, and focus on her personality.

She isn’t just settling on fashion though; the blonde star also hopes to add music to her resume one day, following in her famous father’s footsteps.

She’s already studied with voice coach Tim Carter, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, and hit the studio with Nicole’s Good Charlotte rocker husband Joel Madden.

“Everyone had an idea of what my music should sound like and I just wanted to be an individual,” she shrugged. “I stepped back and said, ‘I need to re-evaluate this.’”

Fashion and music often go hand in hand and with industry experts in her family, there’s no doubt Sofia will be able to follow her dream.

Meanwhile her modelling career is continuing to boom and her clothing range with is a hit with fans.

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