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I never think too hard about a look. When you consider an outfit too much, that's when it goes wrong.
―Rita Ora

Early life[]

Ora was born on 26 November 1990 in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (modern-day Kosovo), to Albanian parents. Her mother, Vera (née Bajraktari), is a psychiatrist and her father, Besnik Sahatçiu, is a pub owner, having previously studied economics. Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. She was born as Rita Sahatçiu (surname derived from the Turkish word saatçi, which means "watchmaker"), but her parents later added Ora (ora means "time" in Albanian) to the family surname so it could be easily pronounced.

Her family left Kosovo for political reasons, due to persecution of Albanians initiated with the disintegration of Yugoslavia. They relocated to London, England in 1991, when Ora was a baby. She grew up in Notting Hill, in West London, and attended a performing arts school, Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Rita is a British singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh's single, "Hot Right Now", which reached number one in the UK. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in August 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. The album contained the UK number-one singles, "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)". Ora was the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three singles reaching the top position.

Born in Pristina, modern-day Kosovo, Ora was named an Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo in 2015. Ora's second studio album, Phoenix, was released in November 2018. The lead single, "Your Song", reached the UK top ten, and the subsequent singles, "Anywhere" and "Let You Love Me", reached the top five in the UK. "Let You Love Me" made Ora the first British female solo artist to have thirteen top ten songs in the United Kingdom. She released her third studio album, You & I, in July 2023.

Musical and acting career[]

Ora is a British singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh's single, "Hot Right Now", which reached number one in the UK. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in August 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. In 2004, she starred in the film Spivs as Rosanna and made her television debut the same year as Jacklyn Livermore where she was credited under her full name.

In November of 2022, it was announced that Rita would star in the upcoming Descendants: The Rise of Red standalone sequel where she portrays the Queen of Hearts and the mother of the titular character, Red.

Trivia[]

  • Married Actor, Director and Producer Taika Waititi in August of 2022.
  • She appeared in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) in the background during the scene when Harry, Ron and Hermione attend professor Trelawney's divination class. Her character can be seen wearing a Gryffindor tie. She is not credited anywhere for this small role.
  • Counts Gwen Stefani as a major influence in terms of demeanour, and her band No Doubt's "Don't Speak" (1996) as one of her favorite songs.
  • Her father,Besnik, was a pub owner and she started her singing performances from the same pub.
  • Friends with Kate Moss, and Ed Sheeran.
  • Maternal grandfather, Osman Bajraktari, was the Albanian consul to Russia, then part of the USSR.
  • Has two siblings, Don Ora and sister Elena.

References[]

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