Cover story on the model and musician for Flaunt Magazine
I’m driving North on the 101 in a giant Flaunt magazine cargo van and my stomach is in knots. Diagnosing my jitters, I realize that I am about to go on a Tinder date on steroids – that is to say, I am going to meet in person someone who I see in photos nearly every day. Sofia Richie, 18, is in many ways a regular teenager. She loves to listen to music and go shopping. She loves her four dogs (two of which I have seen and covet), her family, and her girlfriends. But there are a few important ways that Richie is not a normal teenager: she is the daughter of famed R&B superstar Lionel Richie, and sister to Nicole Richie, famous for her stint opposite BFF Paris Hilton on the aughties reality show The Simple Life. She is currently perhaps best known for her alliances with the Kardashians, Jenners, and Hadids of the world, as well as for her rumored relationship with Justin Bieber. And then of course she is also an up-and-coming model, having walked last fall in both the Yeezy and Chanel shows, and appearing in the just-released Tommy Hilfiger campaign.