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Rita Ora broke rules with school uniform

Rita Ora says her fashion sense is random.

Rita Ora rebelled at school by tweaking her uniform.

Singer Rita was born in Kosovo, but moved to the U.K. with her family as a baby, growing up in London. Performing has always been in her blood, and as a student she attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. While she wasn’t the worst behaved student, Rita found her own ways to act out – mainly in respect of her school uniform.

“I wasn’t the naughtiest, but I was the annoying kid who would do things like make their tie a little thicker, wear my collar up and skirt a bit shorter,” she laughed to Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’d also put my headphones through my jumper sleeve and listen to the radio on my Nokia phone. I didn’t get distracted by boys – I wasn’t looking then.”

Since finding fame with her debut album, Ora, in 2012, Rita has established herself as a style star as well as a talented singer. Her edgy fashion sense was tapped by sports giant Adidas, and she launched her first line with the brand in 2014. She’s also fronted campaigns for Donna Karan and Roberto Cavalli.

“I am really into fashion but I’m quite random,” she mused. “I’m spontaneous and an unexpected dresser. I have loads of clothes at my house and then a separate garage that you can even open without things falling out.”

Next up Rita will be putting her fashion knowledge to the test as the new host of America’s Next Top Model. The job was helmed by catwalk star Tyra Banks for over 12 years, but Rita has Tyra’s full support for the show’s next chapter.

“I think where we’re going with the (new) American version of Top Model is we’re kind of following some of our international versions,” Tyra told ET recently, referencing the Asia and South America franchises, where the hosts are singers and not former models. “This is perfect.”

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