Rita Ora Opens Up About Life After Calvin Harris, Her ‘Big Arse’ and Her Friendship With Katy Perry

Rita Ora is feeling her success right now, hitting it big in the American music industry, scoring several modeling gigs and even landing a role in one of the most talked about films this year.

However, it took a bit of growing up and self-understanding to get to this point.

The 24-year-old songstress opened up to Nylon magazine about how she gained a sense of self-worth, especially after her split from DJ Calvin Harris.

“I had a breakup, or whatever, and it really made me realize what I was trying to do,” Ora reflected. “I had been fixated on this love fantasy, but really it wasn’t like that, and I had to take myself back. For me, this was my moment where I had to be real and tell the truth and be honest.”

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.'”

In fact, Ora (who works with Revlon, Calvin Klein and DKNY) believes people are so interested in her that she’s destined to be the next Madonna-type figure 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.”

But she doesn’t just keep that sort of confidence to herself… She also loves encouraging it in other women.

“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.