With her Roc Nation debut ‘O.R.A.’ hitting shelves and desktops next week, Rita Ora is shedding all…sorta.
In her latest spread for the September issue of GQ Magazine, the “How We Do” singer flaunts her assets with kitty ears and body-hugging ensembles. She also dishes on her musical opus and why it took three years to cook:
The thing about Rita Ora is she can actually sing. No, like, really sing. At our photo shoot, she blew out brains with a cast-off couplet from “R.I.P.”—her Drake-penned UK hit—while blithely examining her scorched platinum curls. Her first hit in the U.S., “How We Do (Party),” is very Rih-Gaga— all ear-wormy, clubby, and girl-power anthemic—but surely There Will Be Ballads. (Check her tender acoustic take on OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”) “It’s fun to show off your abilities,” she says, spearing a tiny Danish with a bejeweled talon and popping it in her mouth. “Your vocal range, your tone.” Jay-Z signed the Kosovo-born Brit to his label, Roc Nation, in 2009. Then he did the unthinkable: He gave her three years to finish her new debut album, Ora. For most starlets, that’s a lotta bankable time wasted; for Rita, it was three years to evolve into a singer who will have a—gasp!—career. “The public’s not stupid,” she says. “You can tell an honest artist from one who’s just been given all their songs.”