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“I’m very light, so some people don’t really know that I’m black,” Richie, 18, says in the December/January issue of Complex. “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,” she says. “It’s 2016 — you better get your s— together before you get slapped out here.”
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Richie also speaks about how her newfound fame has come with pressure to always look put-together — and she wishes that weren’t the case.
“Sometimes you just want to walk out of your house and look ugly and get a coffee and wear your sweatpants all day,” she says. “Honestly, I might’ve thrown [my outfit] together in 30 seconds. I might’ve slept in that. And s—, 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.”