How Rita Ora has always copied Rihannas style, career, model mates and even her men


WHERE Rihanna goes, Rita Ora was once sure to follow.

Rita, 29, has rarely passed up the chance to copy the global superstar from her sense of style to her sound and even her choice of friends. Their love lives overlap too, with Rita romantically linked in the past to Rihannas exes Chris Brown and Drake.

Where Rihanna goes in terms of style, career and partners, Rita Ora seems to follow suit

Now the tables have been turned on RiRis British mini-me.

The Bajan, 31, is dating Ritas ex, the American rapper A$AP Rocky. He wrote a sexually explicit diss track about Rita, Better Things, in the wake of their 2012 fling.

There has been bad blood between the two women ever since Rita signed for the same record label Jay Zs Roc Nation. Rita hinted in an interview the company saw her as a younger version of Rihanna.

We explore the ways in which Rita seems to have modelled herself on Rihanna.


RITA has repeatedly been accused of pinching Rihannas look.

The Umbrella singer wore a red lacy Elie Saab Couture frock to the American Music Awards in November 2010.

Two years later she was reportedly furious when Rita turned up to the MTV European Music Awards in a near-identical Marchesa number.

A source said: She was even more annoyed when Rita went on stage using an umbrella as a prop.

Dunga-RiRi in 2013 and identi-Rita months later
The global star in a floral jumpsuit in 2012 and Rita that same summer
RiRi shows off her undies line and Rita stars in lingerie ad
The Barbadian beauty in 2014 and her Brit mini-me at MTV bash
Rihanna on the frontpage of Lui and Ora goes topless on the mag too

Rihanna wore a flame-patterned leather outfit in London in 2012 and a bright jumpsuit the next day. Months later, Rita sported a similar PVC ensemble then donned a vibrant boiler suit for an interview.

Both have tattooed fingers and astrological ink behind their ears Pisces for RiRi, a bow and arrow for Sagittarius Rita.


RAPPER Jay-Z signed Rihanna for Def Jam in 2004 when she was just 16. She later switched to his Roc Nation label.

Rita was noticed by talent spotters at Roc Nation in 2008 after trying out for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Rita Ora has followed in Rihanna’s career footsteps – here with DJ Calvin Harris

She said at the time: I think (Jay) definitely sees me as someone who could be as big as Rihanna. Shes a superstar now but they first knew her as a small-island girl and they want to repeat that.

Rihanna soon distanced herself from Rita, banning the British signer from her Met Gala after-party in 2015.

In 2015 Rita sued Roc Nation and accused the label of giving Rihanna first choice of songs.

A source revealed: Rihanna has never liked Rita and has used her power at Roc Nation accordingly. Songs that might be submitted to her are given to Rihanna, who may hold them for months before deciding she doesnt want them.

RiRi worked with Calvin Harris on 2016s This Is What You Came For. Rita dated the DJ for a year before they split in 2014.

Love life

CHRIS Brown violently assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

They split but briefly reconciled in 2013, when Rihanna told Rolling Stone mag: Even if its a mistake, its my mistake.

Rita Ora and Drake’s working relationship turned romantic after the rapper’s split from Rihanna

But in 2015 she was reportedly furious when Brown featured on Ritas single Body On Me.

A source said: Chris and Rihanna have a long history and she hit the roof when she heard about Body On Me, especially the (steamy) video.

Shortly after, it was rumoured that Rita was dating the R&B star following a cosy appearance together on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rihanna had an on-off fling with Canadian rapper Drake after they collaborated on singles Take Care and Whats My Name.

Their romance is said to have lasted from 2009 to 2012.

Rihanna and Drake seen walking off stage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Drake originally wrote the song R.I.P. for Rihanna but after their split offered it to Rita.

She later appeared in the video for his song The Feeling Of Pain.

The working relationship turned romantic in 2016, when they were seen kissing at a gig in Newcastle.

Side hustles

BOTH singers bolster their bank balances via business ventures, modelling work and brand endorsements.

Rihanna has her underwear range Savage X Fenty, while Rita has been a brand ambassador for lingerie brand Tezenis.

Brit star Rita fronted a campaign for Adidas Originals while Rihanna has her own business ventures

Rihanna put her name to a range with Puma, while Rita collaborated with rival sports brand Adidas.

Rita launched a line of lipsticks and nail polish with Rimmel in 2013.

Not to be outdone, Rihanna launched her own Fenty Beauty in 2017. In 2012 the Bajan singer was paid a hefty 5million to switch on the Christmas lights at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London.

Two years later, Rita kicked off the festive season there.

Rihannas acting credits include 2012 action film Battleship, playing herself in 2013 comedy This Is The End and appearing with Cara Delevingne in Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets in 2017.

Ritas film career began with Fifty Shades Of Grey in 2015 and she appeared in last years Pokemon Detective Pikachu.

Model mates

RITA and Cara Delevingne were almost inseparable for a time. In February 2013, Rita said: Shes officially mine. Ive taken her off the market. We call each other wifey.

But they reportedly fell out at Glastonbury in 2013. A month later Cara was pictured on a yacht with Rihanna in Monte Carlo. They had met that year at London Fashion Week.

Rita said of Cara Delevingne: ‘She’s officially mine’, but the model was seen with Rihanna a month after their reported fall-out

Rihanna said: We get silly with each other. The first time we met was because she came up and slapped me on the bum. (We) are incredibly close.

Its portrayed like were just party buddies but theres much more to our friendship. She is very special to me.

Kate Moss and Rihanna became friends when the model asked for a selfie at the 2009 Met Gala. At a fashion show by mutual friend Stella McCartney they decided to schedule an S&M-themed photoshoot with snapper Mario Testino.

But in recent years Kate has been seen more often with Rita, who signed with Kates talent agency in 2018.

Last year, on Kates 45th birthday, Rita posted an intimate picture of the two lying in bed together.