Credit: Mary Grace Swim

We don’t know what Lionel Richie fed his daughters growing up, but they’ve sure turned into two fabulous and fashionable ladies. First, Nicole Richie transformed herself from the flighty sidekick of Paris Hilton into a full-fledged fashion icon, with a successful clothing and accessories line, House of Harlow 1960, and a spot as one of the mentors on NBC’s Fashion Star. And now Nicole’s 15-year-old sister Sofia is taking her turn in the industry spotlight, landing her first modeling gig with L.A. swimwear brand Mary Grace Swim.

Credit: Mary Grace Swim

Fans of Nicole’s AOL web series Candidly Nicole may remember Sofia from the episode where she hilariously schooled her 32-year-old sis on the popular lingo of today’s youth (homie hopper — what!?). But besides that appearance and a brief feature in Teen Vogue last year, Sofia is relatively new to the scene.

According to these photos, the teen is a natural in front of the camera. She clearly shares her sister’s love of the bohemian Cali girl look and we are in serious envy of that gorgeous head of hair! We foresee a bright future for Sofia in the modeling world — just as long as she still remembers to enjoy being a kid, from time to time!

And now that she’s got her first fashion campaign under her belt, maybe Nicole can hire Sofia for her next House of Harlow shoot. The elder Richie could clue her sister in on all of the hot fashion, while Sofia helps to keep the mother of two in touch with the youth of today. Not a bad deal!

What do you think of Sofia’s first modeling gig? Let us know in the comments.

Samantha Lear is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!