Lionel Richie's daughter has grown up to be gorgeous

Sofia Richie is quickly becoming the new "it" girl in Hollywood. At the age of 18, she's already captured the imagination of the fashion world, landed a modeling contract and dated Justin Bieber. Clearly, she in the game to win it! 

But there's more to this beautiful blonde who is cropping up on everyone's radar and storming magazine covers these days. To put it simply, she's the daughter of music royalty – her father is Lionel Richie – and her older sister, Nicole Richie, is a reality TV pioneer. Find out these interesting facts about Sofia you didn't know before.

She's the daughter of a pop legend

Sofia may be a newcomer when it comes to stardom, but her father is a certified pop legend. The young blond is the youngest daughter to Lionel Richie, who got his start in music in the '70s as member of the Commodores. To his name, he's sold over 100 million albums, earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a five Grammys. But undoubtedly, his biggest achievement and reward is raising a beautiful daughter – which is no easy task.

Sofia famously said in May 2017 that her dad is very good about keeping tabs on her. As she globe trots and links up with friends and suitors, he's got to know his daughter's whereabouts at all times. "My dad tracks my phone once a day," Sofia tweeted after photos surfaced her FaceTiming with her dad in Cannes, France, according Us Weekly. "Awkwardly enough I get a notification every time. I think it's funny so I don't tell him I know."

The pair are very close. Lionel often makes cameos on her social media and they are also photographed shopping around Los Angeles regularly. He later clarified that he doesn't exactly track his daughter, rather he gets updates from his pals. "I don't track. I don't understand," he quipped to USA Today. "Nicole thought I had investigators following her around. I keep trying to tell my kids the same thing: 'I own Chicago. I own Miami. I have been around the world."

She once wanted to be a pop star

Music is literally in Sofia's blood. At one time, very early on in her teens, she wanted to be a pop star like her father. "When I was 13, I was saying that I wanted to be signed to a label," the young beauty told Entertainment Tonight. "I was begging my dad to get me signed with somebody." But her father, who experienced many ups and downs in his own career, decided against it. "I'm glad he held me off, because I really found myself and found what I truly wanted to do." 

Sofia also admits that had she grown up in the spotlight, things would have been very tough. "I just feel like you have to go through this crazy transition if you're going to continue on with your career, from a child star to an adult star," she reflected. "I didn't understand that at the time, but my parents really tried to make me understand. Now I get it and I'm like, 'I would not have wanted to go through that.' I just want to come out and be the person that I am. I don't want to have to go through a transition in front of the whole world."

But the world will never forget her musical skills. In 2012, she joined forces with YouTube sensation and singer Pia Mia to cover Adele's "Turning Tables." While Pia sang the lyrics, Sofia flawlessly tickled the ivories

She once had a steamy fling with Justin Bieber

Sofia is as beautiful as any girl in Hollywood. With that said, she can easily have her pick of any guy she wants, and for a long period Sofia was hot and heavy with pop star Justin Bieber. According to E! News, Bieber took Sofia on a romantic getaway to Mexico for her 18th birthday. When Billboard magazine asked about their budding relationship, Sofia kept it all very short and simple. "We have a special relationship," she coyly teased. "Justin is very easy to talk to, and that's hard to find with people in Los Angeles."

And for a long while, these young lovebirds were inseparable. They were photographed constantly all over the globe and began to show signs of serious romance. Bieber, who largely doesn't comment on his girlfriends, expressed his thoughts on Sofia on her Instagram. He simply wrote, according to Teen Vogue, "Ur so pretty" on one of her posts and it sent everyone into a tizzy. It was the first time that either party had made a move on social media. The incident stirred headlines all over America, especially when Bieber quit Instagram amid nasty comments about Richie from fans.

Despite the stars aligning, Sofia and Justin never got their relationship off the ground. In fact, weeks after their romantic getaway, insiders told E! News it was over. "It was super-hot and heavy, and because Justin doesn't want a relationship right now, he wanted to cool things down," an insider revealed adding things fell apart on their own.

Scott Disick's new flame?

While things didn't work out with Justin, Sofia may have set her sights on someone much older and with a worse reputation: Scott Disick. The pair seemed very close and possibly sparking a romantic journey when they were photographed in Cannes, France in late May, reports E! News. Sofia attempted to quell rumors she's got a thing for Kourtney Kardashian's troubled baby daddy tweeting, "Just so everyone can get their panties out of their asses, Scott and I are just homies. #Relax." Despite her words to dissuade others, she looked pretty comfortable hanging around the self-proclaimed Lord.

Things began to get crazy again when she was later spotted having dinner with him in early June. In fact, paparazzi photographers captured them having dinner at Malibu sushi hotspot Nobu. Still, Sofia maintains their relationship is just platonic. "The last time I'm gonna say it," she began on Twitter after the nonstop chatter. "Scott and I are just friends. I'm single and focused on friends, family and work. #againrelax." Two days before grabbing sushi together, Sofia was photographed FaceTime with Scott. For someone who maintains they're just friends, Sofia is doing a terrible job of convincing others. Scott, of course, has yet to say anything about it.

Big sister is a reality-TV trailblazer

Sofia's father isn't the only super famous family member, but her older sister, Nicole Richie, is equally famous too. Fans may remember Nicole breaking reality-TV barriers alongside Paris Hilton in the once super popular show The Simple Life. For 2005 to 2007, cameras followed these young rich ladies as they left behind their posh digs, fancy cars, credit cards, designer jeans and personal drivers for an easier less glamorous life on the road. For survival, they picked up odd jobs which usually brought a dosage of reality and a bevy of laughs.

Nicole has since left behind reality TV and is fixed on transforming the fashion world – one runway collection and model at a time. She is not only married to rocker Joel Madden, she is the creator of fashion brand House of Harlow. And although she's quite fashionable, she feels no need to share fashion tips with her younger sister, who is 17 years her junior. "I'm very particular about my clothes," Nicole told People when discuss her affinity for fashion and her sister's choice in style. "We have different styles." Nicole also says she doesn't give her sister any fashion tips. "I don't know if I've given her any [style advice]," she said. 

She's got a modeling career

At the sweet age of 16, Sofia landed a modeling contract with Select Model Management, reports E! News. Since then, she's been steadily making a name for herself in the industry. In January 2017, Sofia made her New York Fashion Week runway debut. "Runway is really fun," she told InStyle. "For Yeezy, I didn't expect to walk at all – I got a call and was on the plane the next day, and it was the most amazing experience, so was Chanel. I got really good feedback from Chanel, which I didn't expect, because I'm shorter, and shorter models get a lot of hate, so I was happy to see that I didn't."

Today, she's the face and covergirl of DL1961's Spring 2017 campaign and she's also graced the cover of several magazines.

Although modeling is fun now, she's got her sights set on the next move already. "I want to head more into the designer, fashion direction," she added. "I eventually want to have my own line, which will basically be things I wear... Probably streetwear, like jeans, bomber jackets, T-shirts."  Telling Fault magazine, she's always been interested in design. "When I was younger my parents bought me this little sketchbook with blank girls in it so you can draw clothes on them," she recalled. "That's something I started out doing a long time ago, and it's how I think I became seriously interested in fashion by just being creative with it."

She's not afraid to touch on her race

Sofia is a rare gem in Hollywood. She's not afraid to speak her mind – especially when it comes to tough topics like race. While sharing an open and candid conversation with Complex, Sofia confessed that she often hears racist remarks while hanging around Los Angeles.

"I'm very light, so some people don't really know that I'm black," she told the magazine in December 2016. "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.'"

As she explained, those conversations and moments can be awkward. And often times, it leads her to be more blunt in her response. "That still doesn't cut it, buddy," she said with anger. "It's 2016 – you better get your s*** together before you get slapped out here."

When she's not facing boneheads in her every-day life, she's facing other issues – the paparazzi. Sofia says adjusting to the spotlight hasn't been easy as sometimes she wants to be carefree. "Sometimes you just want to walk out of your house and look ugly and get a coffee and wear your sweatpants all day," she explained. "Honestly, I might've thrown [my outfit] together in 30 seconds. I might've slept in that. And sh*t, 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."

Her squad is powerful

The saying "birds of a feather flock together" couldn't be more true when comes to Sofia and her ever-growing squad of friends. In 2016, when her profile was just beginning to rise, she started sharing pictures with all sorts of gal pals, which not only sparked interest, it labeled her a newcomer to the A-list team. In February of that year, she posted a black and white snap with Kylie Jenner, Jordyn Woods and others. As everyone knows, Kylie Jenner is the "it" girl of her social media generation, and being seen next to her will only increase your fame and attention. By the end of that year, Sofia had moved on to NBA games. She shared an incredible selfie with actor Terrence Jenkins and model Rita Ora.

When it comes to close friends, she's touted Paris Hilton, of all people, as a sisterly figure. "She gives the best advice and she wants the best for me and she sees how my path is going," Sofia opened up to Wonderland Magazine. Her comments awkwardly skipped over big sister Nicole. "She's really rooting for me and giving me the best tips, how to avoid certain things and how to be the best version of myself that I can be."

She's a real daredevil

Not only does Sofia like dangerous men, she also likes adrenaline-rushing activities. This young lady doesn't have an ounce of fear in her tiny body, according to her Instagram account. When she's not hanging out with Scott Disick or her famous pops, Sofia can be seen doing a daredevil stunts that would cause heart palpitations for most people.

Fans got a glimpse into her wild behavior back in 2015 when she popped up on a motorbike. Dressed a red jacket, black pants and white boots, Sofia climbed onto a speed bike for a nice snap. Although she left no caption, the picture spoke for itself. Months later she ended up in Qatar, located in the Middle East. There she not only rode a dune buggy up and down the picturesque sand dunes of the desert, she completed a round of skydiving and lived to post the picture. She simply captured the snap, "So I went skydiving today." From the looks of her Instagram account, she can be on any continent or in any country at even given moment. She's certainly living the life of a jet setter with money and nonstop luxury service at her fingertips.