Sofia Richie says people have made racist comments around her because they don't realize that she is black

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated December 05, 2016 04:49 PM
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Sofia Richie is no stranger to the racist comments that often circulate in her hometown of Los Angeles.

“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 rising star and daughter of Lionel Richie 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.”

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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.”