Sofia Richie

by ethnic on August 16, 2016

NEW YORK-FEB 12: Sofia Richie attends the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1998

Ethnicity: African-American, some English and Scottish, distant French-Canadian

Sofia Richie is an American model. She is the daughter of Lionel Richie, a famed musician, and Diane Kerry/Keri Alexander, a dancer and designer. Among her siblings is Nicole Richie (who is Lionel’s adopted daughter).

Sofia’s father is African-American, with small amounts of English and Scottish, and distant French-Canadian, ancestry. It is not completely publicly clear what Sofia’s mother’s ancestry is, but she appears to be African-American as well.

Sofia has said:

I’m very light, so some people don’t really know that I’m black… 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.’ That still doesn’t cut it, buddy. It’s 2016 – you better get your s–t together before you get slapped out here.

Sofia’s paternal grandfather was Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie (the son of Charles A./E. Richie and Ida J. Garfield). Lionel was born in Alabama. Charles was the son of Henry Richie and Georgia Anna.

Sofia’s paternal grandmother was Alberta R. Foster (the daughter of Albert Davidson Foster and Adelaide M. Brown). Alberta was born in Tennessee. Albert was the son of George Foster and Betsey. Adelaide was the daughter of John Louis Brown and Volenderver Towson. Sofia’s great-great-grandfather John was the National leader and co-founder of “The Knights of the Wise Men”, a fraternal organization for black men in the post-Civil War period; John was the son of a white slave owner, Morgan Williams Brown, of English, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent, and of Mariah, who was a slave.

Sofia’s maternal grandparents were born with the surnames Alexander and Gilbert.

A photo of Sofia’s parents can be seen below.
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1st Photo by Debby Wong/

Sources: Genealogy of Sofia Richie (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sofia’s father –

Sofia’s paternal grandfather, Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Sofia’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Sofia’s paternal grandmother, Alberta R. Foster, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sofia’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Louis Brown –

2nd photo by Prphotos

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alexgxo January 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

I think her mother if she is African American, she may either have more European blood then your average afram or a throwback? I think given Sofia’s looks and her mothers looks, I’m pretty sure she was more or less mixed but black in identity.

alexgxo January 25, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Or a throwback. Idk. It’s pretty obvious though that both her ancestors probably got some recessive genes that manifested in her and her mother.

midori29 November 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

Her real brother Miles Ritchie looks totally different and he looks more like Lionel Ritchie.

fuzzybear44 December 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm

I know you keep trying to get people to understand, that families are like this. Where the children can’t look completely different from one another. Maybe they will understand one day(especially since it’s happening more and more)


I completely forgot that’s what Kylie once looked like

andrew September 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm
andrew September 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm

I’d change to:

* African-American, some English and Scottish (father)
* unclear (mother)

Kimmel March 23, 2017 at 7:44 am

Just a guess, but I would say the mother is Iranian. I doubt the African American suggestion.

follers August 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Jewish? I really don’t think her mother is Jewish. Aside from other things, her mother is wearing a cross in several pictures.

I think Sofia’s mother is African-American.

andrew August 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

she’s maybe part Jewish, part other things.

follers August 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

I doubt she’s Jewish at all.

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