1. Paris Nights
We did a double take when we spotted Sofia jumping out of a black SUV whilst tightly gripping Paris Hilton’s hand: it all felt so…familiar. As any pop-culture fiend worth her US Weekly knows, Nicole and Paris have a complicated history: their reality show The Simple Life catapulted them to fame, but the joined-at-the-Juicy twosome veered into frenemy territory around 2005. Over a decade later and Sofia is picking up right where her sister left off: late night club-hopping and pap strolls with her “closest friend,” Paris. Will they bring back, “That’s hot”? TBD.
2. Bad Boy Lite
Many people were first introduced to Sofia through her short-lived romance with the Biebs; the two sojourned in Japan, causing Beliebers, Jelena ’shippers and Hailey Baldwin fans to have simultaneous online meltdowns. No word on how Nicole felt about the drama, but she could certainly offer some advice on what it’s like to date a musician: she was engaged to the late DJ AM and has been married to Joel Madden since 2010
3. Finding her Voice Through Fashion
When Nicole hooked up with stylist Rachel Zoe, her sartorial choices went from club-friendly to covetable (less bandage dresses, more boho-chic). At just 18, Sofia’s street-style game is strong and singular—her athleisure vibe, commitment to statement sunglasses and experimental (but never overly trendy) looks have the confidence of a woman twice her age. So, like, 36.
4. House of Richie
Nicole’s 2006 Jimmy Choo campaign was a pivotal brand shift. Until then, reality stars were considered too low-rent for upscale fashion labels (read: no freebies, no front row, definitely no Balmain Army). Sofia’s induction into the fashion world has been much more expeditious as she’s already been welcomed by some major players (she walked a Chanel show!). We predict a Sofia Richie fashion collaboration to be announced in 3-2-….
5. “You don’t know who Brenda Walsh and Kelly Taylor are?”
Nic’s online series Candidly Nicole gave us some quality sister time, like the great battle of Beverly Hills, 90210. Watch as the two struggle with their generation gap and Nicole introduces her sister to carbon-dated artifacts like the answering machine. Sofia’s youthful IDGAF expression reminds us of a young Nicole playing the exasperated rich kid on The Simple Life.
6. “Hello… it me, Dad”
Like any totally normal adult siblings, Nic and Sofia revel in torturing their dad with things like having him choose which daughter he thinks is a better dancer. He’s also a regular feature on both of their Insta accounts; Nicole prefers a throwback while Sofia opts for the father-daughter selfie.
7. Popping (Non-Alcoholic) Bottles
Though she’s a few years away from being able to be legally get doused in champagne, Sofia has already mastered the club appearance: 1Oak owner Richie Akiva used a photo of Nicole to promote Sofia as “the next generation” (the elder Richie gave up DJ-adjacent tables and magnums of Cristal years ago).
8. She Games Instagram
Both sisters dabble in Twitter, but—like Nicole—it’s Instagram where Sofia really shines. Her aesthetic is Clueless meets Less Than Zero: nonchalantly smoking, Vogue Japan stuff, a tiny dog, moody B&W shots at the pool and a convertible Lambo. Who needs college?