Nicole Richie

Richie in 2010, Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Nicole Camille Escovedo

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 21, 1981

Ethnicity: Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], African-American, Louisiana Creole [French, African, and distant English], other European

Nicole Richie is an American socialite, television personality, fashion designer, author, and actress. She became famous starring in the reality show The Simple Life, alongside Paris Hilton. Her rap name is Nikki Fre$h.

Nicole was adopted by singer Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey, who were married then. Her legal half-sister is model Sofia Richie, who is Lionel’s biological daughter. She is married to musician Joel Madden, with whom she has two children.

Nicole’s biological parents are Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo. Peter was a band member of Lionel Richie’s band, and is a percussionist and musical director. Karen was said to have been a backstage assistant of the band. The two were said to have left Nicole in Lionel’s care because they could not provide for her. Nicole’s biological father is of Mexican, including Spanish and Indigenous, and Louisiana Creole, including French, African, and distant English, ancestry, descent; and is the brother of singer, drummer, and percussionist Sheila E. (born Sheila Escovedo). Nicole’s biological mother is likely black and/or mixed-race black. Nicole still keeps in contact with her biological mother.

Nicole’s biological paternal grandfather is Pete Escovedo (Peter Michael Escovedo, the son of Pedro “Peter” Escovedo Barrera and Anita L. Valenzuela). Pete was born in California, and is a percussionist. Pedro was a Mexican immigrant, from Saltillo, Coahuila, and had Spanish and Indigenous Mexican ancestry. Pedro’s parents were Manuel Escovedo Rodríguez and María Hipólita Barreda Escobedo. Anita was also of Mexican origin.

Nicole’s biological paternal grandmother is Juanita Marie Garderé (the daughter of Nicholas Alphonse Garderé and Marie Laura Pelletier). Juanita was born in California. Nicholas and Marie were Lousiana Creoles (of French, African, and distant English, ancestry). Nicholas was the son of Ernest Alphonse Garderé and Louise Mary Leclerc. Marie was the daughter of Joseph Ernest Pelletier and Marie Laetar Laure Nabonne.

Source: Genealogy of Nicole Richie (focusing on her father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

377 Responses

  1. danaeSUCKS says:

    people keep saying how light skinned and white she looks and to me she’s dark as f*ck and looks very much mexican

  2. midori29 says:

    Another white looking Puerto Rican girl who is only 73% European and 13% Indian, and 13% Subsaharan black African . You can be black mixed and not look black or have dark skin.

  3. Hill says:

    She’s whiter than Penelope Cruz.

  4. Jello says:

    Nicole’s biological dad is ethnically mixed and her biological mom is white, that’s why she looks like that.

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