Material Girl model Sofia Richie is 'obsessed' with Madonna
Sofia Richie was delighted to be chosen to be the new face of Material Girl because she is "obsessed" with Madonna.
The 17-year-old model - the daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his second wife Diane Alexander - was selected to front the pop icon's fashion line last summer and it was a dream come true because she considers Madonna to be a "good role model" due to her being fiercely "independent".
Speaking to the new issue of ES Magazine, which is out this Thursday (31.03.16), about her collaboration with the 57-year-old music legend, she said: "I'm obsessed with Madonna, it was insane and overwhelming for me. I have met her several times with my dad. I think she is a good role model because she is independent and strong."
Although she is carving out a successful career in the fashion world for herself, the teenage beauty has grown up around the fame game, due to her family.
Sofia - whose sister is Nicole Richie - is used to the pressures of celebrity culture and she doesn't let the "negative side" of the industry, such as the paparazzi, get to her.
She said: "If they see my car they are just going to follow. One time there were so many of them I couldn't move. I am a small girl and it scared my dad a little.
"Another time the same person would follow me over and over and over again and it turned out that someone had put a tracker under my car. There is a negative side to everything, but I don't let that get to me."
Sofia's work with Material Girl came about because she became friends with Madonna's daughter Lourdes, 19.
She previously said: "I have a few friends in common with Madonna's daughter. And then one day, I just heard, like, hey Madonna and her daughter want you to shoot for their line and I was like, 'Wow, that's so crazy'. There are so many people that Madonna and Lola could have picked to be the new face, it's just really cool to be a part of."