But of course Nicole would be on the list. If you didn’t know, she is the niece of Sheila E (Richie is the daughter of Peter Michael Escovedo). And if you look up her ethnicity online, they have her as a mix of Mexican, African American, Caucasian and Creole. Richie, who was born Nicole Camille Escovedo, was adopted by Lionel Richie as a young girl when her parents found they couldn’t financially support her. They raised her, she met Paris Hilton while in school, and before you knew it, she was a popular reality personality with a wild streak. Nowadays, she’s toned it down and is a mother and fashion designer.