Exclusive First Look: Rita Ora Gets Glam for Elle

04/17/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Beyonce Tour outfitsThomas Whiteside/ELLE

If you’re wondering how you know Rita Ora, it may be because you’ve been hearing her music everywhere. Or because her style has been turning heads for months now. But here’s the reason she’s going to be really huge: she’s already landed her first major fashion cover: Elle‘s May “Women in Music” issue.

We have the first look at Ora’s two gorgeous covers. In the first, she’s wearing a pink Chanel Haute Couture gown with a Ken O’Rourke headpiece and her signature red lipstick; in the second she gets cheeky with a Calvin Klein bustier, Philip Treacy headpiece and makeup to match.

This is hardly Ora’s first foray into high fashion — though she did have to get a little aggressive to land the killer Marchesa gown she wore to the MTV Europe Music Awards.

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“I went up to [Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman] and said, ‘Hi, I’m Rita. Nice to meet you. I need to wear your dress,’” Ora says. “She was like, ‘What dress?’ They’ve got 10 million dresses. I said, ‘Look, I have your dress as the screen saver on my phone. This red dress needs to be on my body.”

And even though she appreciates a good ballgown, Ora says we can expect to see her in lots more provocative clothing, no matter how her label tries to persuade her otherwise. Label input “should never be allowed,” Ora says of her independent fashion choices. “It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.”

For even more from Ora, pick up the May issue of Elle and check out their site.

Tell us: What do you think of Ora’s style? Which Elle cover is your favorite?

–Alex Apatoff

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Angie on

I really like the cover on the left…but the mouse? I don’t get it. It’s cute and all but how is it fashionable?

xlovehappyx on

the covers are cute, but i have no idea what she sings LOL i just know what Rob Kardashian said about her. how sad.

speackdathruth on

Illuminati representation with the ears

Pam on

Yeah all I can think about when I see or hear about her is what Rob Kardashian said too. That’s why I won’t ever listen to anything from her. I agree xlovehappyx it is sad.

Alexandra on

@Pam: You won’t give this girl’s music a listen because of what a Kardashian said? Why?

kim on

I think she looks like Pheobe Cates in the mouse pic

echoingraven on

You must be really sad if you’re being dictated by something Rob Kardashian said. Rita Ora is an amazing person!!!

Guest on

This is sexy? I think not.

Tina on

I love the picture on the left. It’s very vintage Vogue-looking.

Shavontez Pirtle on

I see beyonce i See a splash of rihanna i dont see a new different individual because she act like others so seems she`ve ben here already….the ears represent being told what to do by a higher Power

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