Earlier, we brought you news of British Singer Rita Ora’s Cosmopolitan Magazine September 2016 spread (See here if you missed).
Rocking breezy desgins just right for summer on the beach as well as some pieces from her Adidas collaboration, check out more photos from her spread below!
Read excerpts from her interview below:
On her struggle with anxiety…
“I’m so glad someone has spoken out about it,” she says. “I’m not scared to admit that I have had therapy. I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer it in different ways, but for me it’s more about thinking about the long-term goal.”
“I’m a very ‘in the moment’-type person, so if I have to do something there and then, I’ll be fine. But if I think about it, that’s when anxious thoughts start going in. I get so nervous because I care so much,” she says. Sometimes I get nervous about recording a song in the studio. I’m like, ‘I’m not ready to record this yet.’ Or, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ So I’m relieved to have people around me who encourage me to do well.”
On her work ethics, career and sexism…
“[My parents] put this mindset in me. I’ve worked really hard since I can remember,” she tells Cosmopolitan for our September issue. There are people I respect strictly for their hustling business purposes.
Victoria Beckham, for one. She’s an inspiration and I love her stuff. And she came from the Spice Girls – major! People get confused with what they see in the newspapers and only see ‘Rita parties’.”
“The hardest part is maintaining it – it takes discipline. You’ve got to sacrifice going out with your friends, things like that. But then when you’re 30, you can look back and go, ‘Woah, I created that.’”
It hasn’t been easy for Rita. She says she had to endure sexism in the music industry when she first started out. “Yeah, 100%, especially early in my career. Things would be said differently and conversations would be taken outside [the room] only because I’m a woman.”