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The Rise and Rise of Rita Ora

Ever since exploding onto the music scene back in 2012 with an impressive three Number Ones in a row, Rita Ora has become one of the UK’s most famous pop stars. A far cry from her humble beginnings in West London after her family moved from war-torn Kosovo as refugees. Talk about a girl done good.

rita-ora-rexIn recent years, Ora has become a notable TV personality, undertaking successful judging roles on The Voice UK and The X Factor. However, later this year Ora will take on her biggest role yet as she is set to take over from the mighty Tyra Banks (bow down) as the host of the re-launched Amercia’s Next Top Model (ANTM).

Fangirl moment: she even landed a role in the highly anticipated kink-fest that is Fifty Shades of Grey and became a fashion designer for sportswear brand Adidas. She’s clearly a very busy lady. And we thought waking up for a 9am lecture was hard work.

The path to success hasn’t all been clear sailing for Ora, though. A lawsuit against Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, and a (very) public break up from ex boyfriend and superstar DJ Calvin Harris both prevented her from releasing new material. Boo.

Thankfully for this pop princess, the lawsuit was settled and in an interview with Cosmopolitan for their September issue, Ora confirmed she’s working on a second album. In the interview, it also appears that she has moved on from Harris too, stating, “I hate being defined by relationships”. Get it girl.

Ora is the epitome of everything a 21st century popstar ought to be. She has branded herself and curated her career to move between music, television, film and fashion with ease; a modern day chameleon who will continue to rise and rise. Bring on ANTM!

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