Rita Ora has ditched her signature tomboy chic look for some serious haute couture. The RIP singer has landed one of the covers for Elle’s special Women in Music issue, and the photo spread includes the British beauty decked out in designs from Chanel, Dior, and Valentino.
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Besides looking fab, inside the issue Rita talks a bit about her style (including that amazing red ball gown she wore to the MTV EMAs), meeting her childhood idols, the Spice Girls, and signing with Jay-Z.
On never allowing her record label to dictate her style:
That should never be allowed! It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.
On scoring that red Marchesa gown she wore to the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards:
I went up to [Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman] and said, ‘Hi, I’m Rita. Nice to meet you. I need to wear your dress.’ She was like, ‘What dress?’ They’ve got 10 million dresses. I said, ‘Look, I have your dress as the screen saver on my phone. This red dress needs to be on my body.’
On her childhood idols, the Spice Girls:
I just remember watching them – not even meeting them – and I was completely mesmerized. It feels great to meet someone who is not human, but is.
On her 2009 “big break” with artist Jay-Z who signed her to his label:
I didn’t think in a million years that I’d fly to New York to meet one of the biggest music moguls of our time.
For more from Rita, check out the full issue when it hits stands April 23.