26 November 2012 by

Happy Birthday Rita Ora! Here Are Your Finest Fashion Moments

It's hard to believe that this time last year, the world had never heard of Rita Ora. Today, as the songstress celebrates her 22nd birthday, she's counted among our favourite style-setters.

Happy Birthday Rita Ora! As The Singer Turns 22, We Remember Her Finest Fashion Moments

The West-London born Rita may have appeared on a Craig David track and starred in a music video alongside Tinchy Stryder, but her big break came in 2009 when she flew to New York to meet Mr Jay-Z. The legendary rapper quickly signed her up and catapulted the blonde singing bombshell to international stardom. Before you can say 'Rihanna who?', Rita was THE girl everyone wanted to know. DJ Fresh's insanely catchy tune, Hot Right Now, stormed to the top of the charts in December 2011 and paved the way for Rita to release her debut album, Ora. Before long, she was filling Cheryl Cole's shoes as guest judge on the X Factor, bagging nominations at the MTV EMAs and MOBO Awards, and even dating a Kardashian (allegedly).

But it's her sartorial swishes that have Grazia HQ most besotted. Rita's fearless and fresh approach to fashion has garnered comparisons to Gwen Stefani as well as Ri-Ri and that glamour-meets-grunge vibe is, well, so hot right now. She's become famous for her beauty signatures – platinum blonde locks and bold red lips – as well as her trusty style staples – gritty Timberland boots, baseball caps, oodles of gold jewellery. She's not afraid to go super-glam too, as we saw at the EMAs when she donned a frothy Marchesa number that matched her scarlet lip. Then RO sealed her style status when Superga announced that the singer would be replacing ultimate hipster girl, Alexa Chung, as the face of the brand. No doubt this is the first of many campaigns to come.

So here's to you, Ms Ora! Smack on the red lippy, grab a beanie and a slice of cake as we pay homage to your greatest hits over the past 12 months...

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Rita Ora in New York - 19 August 2014 

Rita Ora in Zuhair Murad Couture at the GQ Awards, London - September 2014

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Rita Ora at the Take-Two E3 Kickoff Party - June 9, 2014

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Rita Ora at the Capital Summertime Ball - June 21, 2014

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Rita Ora at Day 1 of the Glastonbury Festival - June 27, 2014

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Rita Ora at Glastonbury Festival - June 27, 2014

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Rita Ora performs on stage during the Donauinselfest - June 29, 2014

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Rita Ora Showcase - July 3, 2014

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Rita Ora at the Michalsky Style Night - July 11, 2014

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Rita Ora leaving the Wyndham Grand Hotel - July 13, 2014

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Rita Ora performs on stage during BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend - May 25, 2014

Rita Ora lands at Heathrow airport e on May 17, 2014

Rita Ora poses at the Belvedere Vodka's Cannes party May 16, 2014

Rita Ora arrives to the Belvedere Vodka's Cannes party on May 16, 2014

Rita Ora is seen arriving in Nice for the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014

Rita Ora seen leaving Sony HQ on May 14, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora heading to promote her new single 'I Will Never Let You Down' at Capital Radio on May 11, 2014

Rita Ora performs on stage at Heaven at G-A-Y on May 10, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora attends Gabrielle's Gala at Old Billingsgate Market on May 7, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora at annual 'Gabrielle's Gala' fundraiser on May 7, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora is seen at the after-party for The Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 5, 2014

Rita Ora at the 2014 'Met Ball' on May 5 in New York.

Rita Ora visits 106 & Park at BET studio on April 30, 2014 in New York City

Rita Ora attends Paper Magazine's 17th annual Beautiful People Party on April 25, 2014 in New York.

Rita Ora attends the Rimmel London press preview at The Mercer Hotel on April 24, 2014 in New York.

Rita Ora arrives at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014.

Rita Ora attends the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum on April 1, 2014

Rita Ora steps up the runway before the Moschino show as a part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear AutumnWinter on February 20, 2014.

Rita Ora attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora attends the Elle awards at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London.

Rita Ora arrives at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014.

Rita Ora attends the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills.

Rita Ora attends Playboy's 60th anniversary issue party hosted by Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss at The Playboy Club on December 2, 2013 in London.

Rita Ora poses in the winners room at the British Fashion Awards 2013 at London Coliseum on December 2, 2013 in London.

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Rita Ora in Ermanno Scervino at Harpers Bazaar 'Woman of the Year' awards - 05 November 2013

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Rita Ora at the Teen Awards - 3 November 2013

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Rita Ora out and about in London - 4 November 2013

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Rita Ora in Calvin Klein at MTV EMAs - 10 November 2013

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Rita Ora in Donna Karen Atelier at the Angel Ball, New York - 29 October 2013

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Rita Ora out and about, New York - 30 October 2013

Rita Ora out and about, New York- 18 October 2013

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Rita Ora out and about in New York - 17 October 2013

Rita Ora in Maison Martin Margiela in New York - October 2013

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Rita Ora at Rimmel 180 Birthday Bash - 10 October 2013

Rita Ora in Karl Lagerfeld jacket at Mademoiselle C screening at Paris Fashion Week - October 2013

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Rita Ora at Chanel at Paris Fashion Week - October 2013

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Rita Ora at DKNY 25th birthday at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

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Rita Ora at DKNY 25th birthday at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Rita Ora at V Festival - 19 August 2013

Rita Ora at V Festival - 19 August 2013

Rita Ora at V Festival - 19 August 2013

Rita Ora out and about in London - 27 June 2013

Rita Ora in DKNY at DKNY party in London - 12 June 2013

Rita Ora in DKNY at DKNY party in London - 12 June 2013

Rita Ora at Party In The Paddock - June 2013

Rita Ora at Parklife Weekender - June 2013

Rita Ora at Sony Xperia Access launch party - June 2013

Rita Ora wearing DJ by Dominic Jones necklace at Glastonbury- June 2013

Rita Ora at Glastonbury- June 2013

Rita Ora in Versace in New York - 25 August 2013

Rita Ora in Just Cavalli at Le Baron Club, London - 25 July 2013

Rita Ora out and about in London - 11 July 2013

Rita Ora out and about, London - 09 July 2013

Rita Ora in Topshop at the 2013 Fashion Retail Academy Awards - 2 July 2013

Rita Ora in Burberry and Black Score at Burberry at London Fashion Week - 18 February 2013

Rita Ora in Vivienne Westwood at The British Fashion Awards

Rita Ora at The British Fashion Awards 2012

In Marchesa at the MTV EMAs, November 2012

BBC Radio 2, London, November 2012

BBC Radio 1, London, November 2012

In McQ at the Mobo Awards, November 2012

Mobo Awards, Liverpool, November 2012

Bergdorf Goodman 111th anniversary celebration, October 2012

2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, September 2012

BBC Radio 1, London, August 2012

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, London, June 2012

New York, June 2012

Brit Awards 2012, London, February 2012

Topshop Unique AW12, London Fashion Week, February 2012


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