Happy birthday Rita Ora

To celebrate the star’s 25th birthday, we’re taking a look back at her career so far.

Born in Kosovo, Rita immigrated to the UK in 1991 and has come a long way since then. From a string of successful albums, to her trademark blonde waves and grunge-meets-hip-hop wardrobe, there’s so many reasons to love this fun and fearless artist.

To celebrate her 25th birthday, we’re taking a look at her career highlights so far.


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Rita first came on to the scene when she began to feature on tracks with established stars such as Craig David, Tinchy Stryder, and James Morrison.


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Two years later, after meeting with Jay Z, she signed to Roc Nation and made cameos in Jay Z’s Forever Young and Drake’s Over.


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After opening for Drake, Rita’s career took off in 2012 after she released her debut single R.I.P which became her first UK number one. She released her debut album Ora later on that year which also went straight to number one.


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Rita entered the hair, beauty and fashion world in 2013, by becoming the face of Madonna’s clothing line, ‘Material Girl’. She also announced her partnership with Rimmel for a makeup collection.


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Rita had a hectic 2014 where she collaborated with Adidas Originals for a new casual sports clothing line, was one of the leading ladies in the spring/summer Marks and Spencers campaign and had her third number one single with ‘I will never let you down’.


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This year has been even busier for Rita. From swapping The Voice for The X Factor to releasing two new singles for her upcoming album, as well as appearing in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey and becoming the face of Coca Cola and Samsung campaigns, this has been her most successful year so far.

With Rita not even reaching the midway point of her career yet, there’s still plenty to look forward to in the coming years.

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