Rita Ora Opens Up About Life After Calvin Harris, Her ‘Big Arse’ and Her Friendship With Katy Perry
However, it took a bit of growing up and self-understanding to get to this point.
However, she admits it wasn’t the easiest thing to just be true to herself.
“It was a process to be like, ‘F*** it, I’m just gonna be me,'” the Roc Nation artist explains. “With the first album, I was so hyped up to be signed with Jay Z. I was like, ‘Whatever, Jay f***in Z!’ Two, three years later, I was like, ‘You know what, people are actually interested in what I’m saying and how I’m dressing and how I’m acting.'”
for the fashion industry.
“[The industry] needs confidence, it needs a massive boost, it needs a kind of, like, f*** you,” Ora explained. “It needs another Madonna… which it’s not gonna get. But it needs a person who takes chances. You have amazing girls like Emma Watson — glamorous, gorgeous, clean, beautiful girls. But where’s that punk energy — that fun, crazy, respected but still like, ‘S***, she’s just doing her thing’ person? That’s who I am!”
A perfect example of that? The way she describes her own booty: “It’s like, ‘Yeah, I grew up and I looked at my arse, and it got a bit bigger, and I’m sexier now.’ Might as well flaunt it! I feel more womanly.”
“I’ve always been really outspoken about it, like telling another woman, ‘You killed it,'” Ora explains. “I don’t think a lot of females do that these days, especially in this industry.”
Luckily she’s surrounded herself with friends who are similar, including Katy Perry.
“It’s the same with all of my friends—with Charli [XCX], with Iggy [Azalea], with Cara [Delevingne], and Katy Perry, who’s an amazing person inside and out and so talented, the biggest star in the world,” the pop star continues. “She’s always been the same, and she’s just so funny and fun and loud and really cool. I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I wanna be like! I wanna stay that way!’ You’ve gotta really be sacred with these friendships, ’cause people can corrupt them.”
For more on Rita Ora, check out the March 2015 issue of Nylon, which hits stands Feb. 24.