Exclusive: 20 Questions With Rita Ora

Pop princess, style icon and The Voice judge, Rita Ora, reveals exclusively with Marie Claire what makes her cry, the greatest gift she received from Karl Lagerfeld and her ‘mental’ teenage style…

Pop princess, style icon and The Voice judge, Rita Ora, reveals exclusively with Marie Claire what makes her cry, the greatest gift she received from Karl Lagerfeld and her ‘mental’ teenage style…

1. Who’s your style icon? Marilyn Monroe – my blonde hair and red lips were really inspired by her. Also Gwen Stefani and Blondie – I love any woman that has balls.

2. What’s your makeup bag essentials?
Crème de la Mer’s lightweight moisturizing lotion. And my Rimmel lipstick in Rita Red – it’s like a lip crayon so it’s really quick and easy and has great moisture.

3. Your best styling tip? If you don’t have any makeup on just put on a pair of sunglasses. And if you’re going out keep reapplying your lipstick – last thing you want is alcohol lips.

4. What brings you the greatest joy? Sleep.

5. What item in your closet do you wear the most? A pair of leather pants from Helmut Lang.

6. What song instantly puts you in a good mood? Human nature by Michael Jackson.

7. The last item you splurged on? A bunch of candles from Diptyque and Jo Malone for my house.

8. Last great party you went to? The after party at the Oscars – there were no cameras, everyone took their shoes off – it was just off the chain.


9. Favourite movie of all time?
Pretty Woman.

10. What’s the one quote that you live by?
I live more by motivatating myself than a quote, like if you don’t wake up then you wont achieve what you want to achieve.

11. Best gift you ever received?
This beautiful hand embroidered outfit that Karl Lagerfeld designed for me when I performed in Monoco for the Princess of Monoco. One of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen.

12. Biggest fear?
Not being able to wake up.

13. Favourite TV show of all time?
Absolutely Fabulous – I still watch it to this day at home.

14. What do you keep on your nightstand? My lavender eye mask, lipbalm and a candle.

15. What makes you cry? Really sad romantic films – The Notebook always gets me going.

16. Last person that made you laugh?
Not a person, but my new dog Cher – I always wonder what she’s thinking, she’s hilarious.

17. What’s your guilty pleasure? Sitting at home and ordering a really good takeaway.

18. What annoys you the most in people? The ones that annoy me I just stay away from.

19. Greatest indulgence? A really good banana cake or banoffee pie.

20. How would you describe your teenage style?
It was really mental – like I threw myself in superglue and into a big basket of flea market clothes from Portobello Road. [My clothes] were all ripped up and not so clean. But I liked it – I was a big punk lover.

Rita Ora kicked off celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola Bottle at the opening of the Contour Centenary Bar in Soho www.cokezone.com/uk/en/coca-cola/contour

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