image

1. SHE MADE OVERSIZED SHADES TRENDY

And she did it way before anyone else did. I swear Nicole Richie is the only person who can successfully pull off ultra-round, blacked out sunglasses without even trying. They were just made for her frame.

image

2. SHE’S A WEIGHT LOSS INSPIRATION

If you watched her during the The Simple Life days, Nicole Richie has changed in a major way. Shedding her baby fat within the first two seasons, Ms. Richie slimmed down to a size she claims is her frame in its natural state. She looks great and has stayed that way (even after birthing two babies with musician/husband Joel Madden) ever since!

image

3. HER STREET STYLE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

Nicole Richie has insanely good street-style. She’s always changing her look and it has even garnered her fashion icon status, rightfully. A trend-setter not follower, it makes sense that she leads the style pack since she has had ‘designer’ on her resume since 2007.

4. SHE DOES REALITY BETTER THAN THE REST

If you’ve ever caught a rerun of The Simple Life than you instantly noticed that Nicole was the funnier co-star. With one-liners that still circulate as memes on popular blogging sites, Nicole is hilarious and slinging new unfiltered quotable’s on her new popular AOL web series moving to cable television soon, appropriately named #CandidlyNicole.

image

5. HER GODFATHER WAS MICHAEL JACKSON

Even though he’s no longer with us, what other celebrity can make a claim so cool?

image

6. DARING HAIR COLORS LOOK GREAT ON HER

Not everyone can rock a completely unnatural hair color, unless you’re Nicole Richie. From white to purple, she makes a splash of unique color look like the new normal. And because she did it first, it probably eventually will be.

image

7. HER GROUP OF FRIENDS ARE COOLER THAN YOURS

A vegan dinner gathering with Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Chelsea Handler, Naomi Watts and Sam Taylor-Wood is just another casual night out for Nicole. Most wish they could say the same.

image

8. SHE GARDENS

I can barely keep my two dogs alive, let alone plants and a garden. Nicole is a mother, wife, designer, has a reality show in the works and still somehow finds time to plant fruits and vegetables at her home in Los Angeles. The woman is an inspiration! What can’t she do?

image

9. SHE’S A PROUD MOTHER

Nicole is always doting on her kids and it’s ridiculously cute. You can tell her fondness for Harlow and Sparrow is genuine and it’s a refreshing thing to see from a busy young mother of two.

image

10. SHE’S MULTIRACIAL

Aside from Barack Obama and Mariah Carey, Nicole Richie is one of the only other mainstream-popular multiracial celebrities America has. We could use more but I’ll take what I can get.

Nicole Richie has been a favorite celebrity of mine since the early 2000’s. Outspoken, artistic and fun, I can’t get enough of the girl who turned being an heiress and famous person’s friend into her own multimillion dollar empire. Consistently ahead of the times and always inspiring, I just wanted to share what the world already knows. I can’t wait to watch the half hour network version of her web-series #CandidlyNicole on VH1 in July.