On her favorite designer: “I’m really into Ashley Williams. She’s British, so young and fresh.”
On media’s eagerness to label her “the next Rihanna: “It’s a great comparison but I don’t think about it. When the album’s out, it’s going to separate me from that, without me having to say anything.”
On meeting Rihanna: “We literally just had drinks, a dance and a good time. There was no word talk. It was a great party though.”
On her style inspiration: “I always thought (Gwen Stefani) was so cool. I think I’m man enough to admit she made me want to wear red lipstick. When I saw it on her, I thought she was the prettiest person in the world.”
On making it big: “People would tell me I was wasting my time, but I think a lot of musicians go through that. I’m grateful all that happened because it meant I had time to build my confidence and grow as an artist.”
On meeting Jay-Z (Roc Nation label co-owner): “I went in there and shook Jay-Z’s hand. I’ll never forget that. It all rested on that meeting and making sure they understood my music, and they did – quicker and better than anyone I’d ever met.”
On Drake (who penned her hit R.I.P.): “We’re great friends, if he ever needed me I’d fly out. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and if anyone talks **** about him, I get protective…I really admired that he was so interested in new artists even though he was new himself. We just clicked.”
On Kanye West: “He’s one of my fashion icons. I’d love to be the female Kanye. I think he’s so cool and effortless.”
Issue: September 2012
Cover Star: Rita Ora
Photographer: Tyrone Lebon
I just love "ORA":
There are just 2 Songs I do not like: Facemelt & this song with Will.i.am
I love: Hello Hi Goodbye, Been Lying, Radioactive & Shine ya light
She is/was in Pristina (Kosovo) to shoot her new video "Shine ya light"
Rita "O R A"