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 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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