Rita Ora is reportedly close to finishing her new album. Fans have been waiting for her highly-anticipated album since her 2012 debut release, Ora. The British pop star has been seen popping in and out of the recording studio in London and Los Angeles and has even hinted that it’s the most honest project she’s worked on in a long time.
The 25-year-old singer is gearing up for her big return to the music industry. Ora is gracing the October 2016 cover of Paper Magazine. The “Poison” singer looks nothing like herself, as she’s seen rocking white curly hair, blue eyeshadow, pink blush, fuchsia lips, and blonde eyebrows. In fact, the look kind of ages Ora and makes her look like a hip grandmother.
As the publication notes, the singer is typically known for her street style and performances. Ora most recently performed for the canonization of Mother Teresa at the Vatican, where she wore a black Marchesa gown complete with a Grace Kelly-inspired lace veil. The Kosovar Albanian singer said that when she grew up, she often hung around with regulars at her father’s pub in West London.
“I worked in my dad’s pub from the time I was 14, and I’d meet crazy alcoholics and become friends with them,” she said. “They’d tell me football stories, and now I know all the football anthems.”
Ora has since taken the fashion industry by storm. She recently appeared in an ad campaign for Italian underwear brand Tezenis, which was featured inside the pages of Italian Vanity Fair. In addition, Ora has a collection with Adidas and has been spotted in designs from Gareth Pugh, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. Ora will also add host to her resume when she appears in the rebooted version of America’s Next Top Model on VH1 in December. Ora shared her success in the fashion industry by following the three Bs: brand, business, and boss.
“I don’t think just taking a photo is enough anymore,” she said. “We focus on how you’re going to create a fan base on social media, how you’re going to make people want to imitate you. That for me is the difference between somebody who’s just a regular model and somebody who’s a superstar.”
On the show, Ora wants to share some of her wisdom with the aspiring models. She also credits her friends in the entertainment and fashion industry for getting her where she is today.
“I’m lucky to have friends in this industry, and I thought maybe if I call them and we create a credible panel and give a different perspective of America’s Next Top Model, I could actually be the host. I’m not here to tell them what to do. I’m here to show them that they can do this, too. I’m an example of what you can achieve because it’s worked.”
Along with her hosting and fashion duties, the singer has a busy schedule packed with music and movie projects. She will reprise her role as Christian Grey’s sister, Mia, in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In addition, Ora has since returned to the recording studio after she settled her six-month-long legal battle with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation, reports the Daily Mail. She is said to be done with her new album, which she is excited to release.
“I’m desperate to get my music out,” she recently told the Evening Standard. “I think I’m now at a point in my life where I have an amazing label, we really have taken it to the next level. It’s very song-based.”
Ora also talked about the direction that she’s taking on her new album, as cited by Idolator.
“It’s very real – real instruments, believable lyrics. I’ve not only grown as an individual but as a woman. People are going to see that. It’s just everything from my personal life to what I couldn’t do due to previous situations and now being free. I’ve never been freer than I am right now.”
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