18.04.13 Elle, Magazines

Rita Ora For Elle US May 2013


On the second of three covers for Elle magazine’s Women in Music May 2013 issue, Rita Ora wears a textured and feathered Chanel Couture frock – the same Chanel dress we saw recently on Charlotte Casiraghi – with a blossoming headpiece by Ken O’Rourke, black leather gloves and open-toe over-the-knee leather boots.

On her second cover, the British singer was photographed in Calvin Klein and a glittering, ultra-chic Mickey Mouse headpiece by Philip Treacy, with black whiskers pencilled in on her nose. The rest of her high-fashion photo shoot – which was shot by Thomas Whiteside – sees her wearing Dior Couture and Valentino Couture.

Inside the magazine, the singer opens up about her personal style, meeting Jay-Z and even her childhood idols, the Spice Girls.

You can read more over at or read some of the extracts below.

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 meeting Jay-Z in 2009 after her ‘big break’: “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.”

On not allowing her label to dictate her music: “That should never be allowed! It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.”

On her Marchesa MTV EMA dress: “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.’”

Credit: Thomas Whiteside for Elle US

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15 Responses to Rita Ora For Elle US May 2013

  1. Marina April 19, 2013 at 10:39 #

    Realy like the cover, I think she looks better than Charlotte in the Chanel dress. Love her with the mickey mouse ears 😀

    And regarding her request for the dress, I don’t think she meant it as a demand at all. I think she was saying “I’m in love with that dress and NEED it in my life”. She’s funny.

  2. Kathy April 18, 2013 at 18:48 #

    Sorry, but I just can’t get over the eyebrows. I love the delicate dresses (esp. the Valentino), but they are ruined by Rita’s harsh brows and bleach-blonde hair have no place near them. Thankfully, she is a decent model and doesn’t have the same expression in every single shot. Jessica Biel and Kristen Stewart could learn a thing or two from her.

    Am I the only one who is bothered by her Marchesa dress request? It’s perfectly fine to tell a designer you enjoy their work and would love to wear it, but going “hey you, lend me your dress” feels entitled.

    • TeaAtTwo April 18, 2013 at 22:29 #

      I thought that too about the Marchesa quote. She didn’t even wear it well either.

    • EmmaWoodhouse April 19, 2013 at 00:21 #

      +1 Felt the SAME way about that quote! And I actually agree, the hair and eyebrows are all wrong too.

  3. Kat April 18, 2013 at 16:44 #

    So that’s what she looks like when people who know what they’re doing take over her styling! The straight hair and the updos work wonders – she looks stunning.

  4. EmmaWoodhouse April 18, 2013 at 16:30 #

    Love the cover and the Valentino. Not liking the others (though the Dior is interesting, it just looks like a big sparkly sack), but this is the BEST I’ve seen her. She really is gorgeous and very editorial. I wish she’d be classier on the RC.

    • Denise April 19, 2013 at 07:12 #

      Agree on all points.

  5. Rebecca Z April 18, 2013 at 16:22 #

    She presents an interesting canvas for designers. Entertaining photo spread.

  6. Yeliz April 18, 2013 at 14:08 #

    I really like this whole editorial and what she said about her EMAs dress is hilarious.

  7. Amy April 18, 2013 at 13:59 #

    I absolutely love that cover. It looks great

  8. Christine April 18, 2013 at 13:42 #

    Cute cover. She looks pretty.

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  9. Kay April 18, 2013 at 13:38 #

    Totally digging this cover.

  10. kat April 18, 2013 at 13:37 #

    Wow, I love it! 🙂 It’s really nice to see her in totally different style and mood than usual.

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