Rita Ora

by ethnic on December 24, 2011

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Birth Name: Rita Sahatçiu Ora

Place of Birth: Pristina, Yugoslavia

Date of Birth: 26 November, 1990

Ethnicity: Albanian

Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born November 26, 1990, in Pristina, Yugoslavia, to a Kosovan Albanian family. Her family moved to the U.K when she was a child, because of the persecution of Albanians in Kosovo.

Her parents are Vera (Bajraktari) and Besnik Sahatçiu. Her father is a Muslim and her mother is Catholic. When asked about her ethnicity in an interview, Rita stated that she is “100% from Kosovo”. This can be seen, starting at the 2:30 mark, in this clip.

Her surname, Sahatçiu, is derived from the Turkish word saatçi, which means “watchmaker”. Her parents later added Ora, which means “time” in Albanian, so it could be more easily pronounced.

Rita’s paternal grandfather was Besim Sahatçiu, a film director (the son of Adem Sahatçiu and Besa).

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neiltennant June 21, 2017 at 2:37 am

in germany there were a lot of kosovo people and albanian gypsies most of them were deported to their countries

i think she is a gipsy albanian

bablah April 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Besim Sahatçiu’s parents were Adem Sahatçiu and Besa.

blue October 4, 2016 at 1:17 am

The first time i saw her i thought she was english, american, ( usa) or the caribbean, because looks mulatta, like Rihanna, her features are non White, and she looks more darker than her family, strange case.

I wold like to know her ancestry dna test result.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 6:15 am

Her parents looks more europeans than her
She just went out too exotic, it happens

alexgxo September 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Ethnic, Andrew whoever I’m sorry for sounding like a whining ahole but I’d like to hear your guys opinions on Miss Oras looks. her
parents, her siblings and even her grandparents and alleged cousin I saw pics of online all have such prominent noses while Rita’s nose is flat/low bridged (still small though) and wideish at the nostrils. She even has a wide mouth.

Given her parents and all her relatives she def looks like maybe a throwback gene popped up or an assortment of features led to her looks. I’ve seen gypsies say she looks like she could pass off as being part gypsy or even part black or multiracial Caribbean.

alexgxo August 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

What makes her look part black is her nose. It’s narrow at the bridge but it’s wide at the edges, flat and has almost no prominent point. Given pictures of her parents, cousin and siblings she should have a more prominent nose tbh.

Also she has a wide mouth. Other then that I only she “white” or european features.

phaedra January 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Looks like someone who has African ancestry.

abbracci January 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Albanians look like Kim Kardashian not half black or mulatto. Rita must have distant Romani (Gypsy) and African ancestry in her. Gypsies are from India and I see some Indian in her.

abbracci January 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Albanians look like Kim Kardashian not mulatto or half black. She must have distant Romani (Gypsy) and African in her.

Drea K January 27, 2016 at 4:32 am

Real Albanians don’t look like Kim Kardashian nor Rita Ora. The ones that do look like that are of Turkish or other middle eastern ancestry and most likely from muslim families – like Rita and Bebe Rexha, there are a lot of non-white looking people all throughout the Balkans- they’re all chauvinists though that don’t know their true origins, they all think they’re fully European by blood. The real Albanians are the white ones, they look like typical Europeans, some look even Northern European. Albania is mixed though, as is every other country in the balkans (balkan people refuse to recognize how racially mixed they are). Europe is mixed and is constantly getting more and more mixed due to African and Middle Eastern migration.

maestro November 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

I don’t believe this girl is fully Albanian in terms of her heritage. She looks like she’s 25-30% black.

Devotion October 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Let’s say what is one thing she doesn’t look: 25

She looks like 30.

Kimmel April 7, 2016 at 2:51 am

I remember her appearing in a music video eight years ago. She looked young but not quite 17/18 at the time. I’d put her real age at maybe 27 or 28.

Tyler October 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

She looks hispanic.

marjanel March 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

You can’t look hispanic.And if something like looking Hispanic exist it must be Spanish.Spanish doesn’t look like Rita Ora.

abbracci October 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Rita Ora is a Gypsy!

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:25 am

She looks Polynesian with European ancestry, or a mix of these two.

Here we have a lot of half Samoans, half Germans, who look like that.

ilovecherlloyd October 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Rita Ora is white. She might have some Gypsy or Moorish in her which is giving her a “mixed” look. Gypsies are from India and the Moors are from Morocco. Indians and Moroccans are both Caucasian so Rita Ora is white.

fuzzybear44 October 8, 2015 at 12:23 am

Quote(Indians and Moroccans are both Caucasian )

They label those people Caucasian ,no matter what they look like. They could look like flavor flav. but as long as they are from an arab country, they would be seen as Caucasian by law. That’s why the Arabs themselves are trying to get that changed

bleachsoda August 16, 2018 at 12:50 am

1. Moroccans have arab, Berber and sub saharan african ancestry
2. Indians and other dravidians are an ancient mix of eurasian and black andamanese ancestry

they’re under the Caucasian category due to a BS skull study that points out similarities they have with each other due to their skull shape, this has NOTHING to do with race, even black horn of africans are categorized as a sub group of the caucasians for having slim features for crying out loud you wanna call them white too? Lmao

abbracci October 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm

She looks Romani gypsy and Italian.

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Looks totally non-white.

ilovecherlloyd October 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm

She looks white. Black people don’t look like her.

legez August 29, 2015 at 6:01 am

this girl doesn’t look European in the slightest and nor is there anything in the Albanian genetic makeup that can explain this, average Middle Eastern girl looks whiter than her

cwm85 September 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm

She’s not black

abbracci August 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

She looks 100% Romani Gypsy. Ignorant blacks try to claim her but never saw a Gypsy in their life and never been to Albania in their life. There is no blacks in Kosovo and Albania. Not only blacks have those features. Melanesians and Polynesians can have those features also. If Rita Ora is black then Kylie Jenner is black now. Maybe her mom didn’t tell about her Gypsy heritage.

Sapphire101 September 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

who the fuck said black people claimed her you bigot.no black person has ever said she was black. plus kylie jenner isn’t black either so get you’re racist ass out of earth

abbracci August 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

She doesn’t look Black or Albanian. She looks like a Gypsy with dirty blonde, a tan and heavy makeup. White girls all over Europe have pale skin, thin lips and look white. White girls wished they look like that. You can tell she’s Gypsy by her wheatish skin and Asian features.

Learn about Gypsies here:

Drea K August 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

“White girls wished they looked like that.”
Like what? Rita Ora? Gypsies?
First of all that’s an extremely racist thing to say, and not true whatsoever. lol!!!
White girls don’t all have thin lips, a lot of white people have fuller lips.

neiltennant August 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

believe me she is not of african descent

that would be great if she were because this young lady from britain tried to succeed in the united states via Roc Nation and there had been plans to marketed her as a black english singer

some documents of record people have reveal this.

But unfortunately nowadays some cannot lie about heritage or ghetto descent

RITA ORA is the daughter of a pub owner who makes money as hell in britain :-) Her upbringing was very high middle-class at least

good for her.

But now she has stated her real background and her upbringing and i hope that she will one day be a star in the us

xoxo August 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

She’s prettier than Beyonce and Rihanna. I’m tired of people comparing her to them.

cwm85 July 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

What is gypsy? Or a gypsy? If its Jewish say so.

mexicanpride July 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Rita Ora is a Albanian Gypsy! If she was Ashkali/Egyptian, she would’ve admitted it. Also, Blacks in Kosovo almost don’t exist. Rita looks Gypsy. Most Gypsies don’t admit they are Gypsy but you can tell they’re Gypsy by their unique ethnic facial features and dark skin. They are all over Europe.

GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

She has be a Gypsy. There’s millions of Gypsies in Europe. A lot of white celebrities have Jewish in them because there’s millions of Jews also in Europe.

GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

She’s not half Black. She would’ve had a kinky hairline. Her exotic looks might be from her being possibly part Gypsy. Her mom looks straight up Gypsy. Rita is predominantly Albanian mixed with something else that’s giving her off exotic, dark features. She has Gypsy physiognomy.

andrew July 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

a possible explaination to her look is that she could have Ashkali ancestry, that is not Romani/Gypsy.


neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 5:43 pm

john and jim belushi are also of albanian descent and both do look like italians

ilovecherlloyd July 9, 2015 at 6:44 am

She doesn’t look Black. Black people are darker than her and have kinky hair. She looks like a Mediterranean girl with some Gypsy ancestry. Gypsies and Europeans are diverse. Gypsies are dark because they come from India but they are Caucasian.

Rita Ora even considers herself a white girl.

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

AFRICANS are typically darker of you are talking about fully african people, not those who are mix with other ethnic groups. And not true some africans have wavy hair, like in Somalia and parts of east africa. Pleae do some research. To be honest I thought she was middle eastern, indian or mestizo… but apparently all European. I’ll have to research her ethnic group.

margot June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

It’s obvious she has gypsy blood..There are a lot of gypsys in the balkan. I don’t think she has black blood..She has gypsy origins..

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Did anyone see her parents and siblings ? They all look differently from her. they are not artificially tanned like her

not sure she is a strange case like CHERYL COLE whom i admire and love

but on the other hand RITA ORA was different looking when she was younger

but hey come on there are a lot of wannabe black people who tan

Drea K June 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Bradley Cooper gets tanned too, nobody’s mistaking him for being of African or Middle Eastern ancestry.

Look at her facial features, she’s clearly NOT white.

It doesn’t matter what her parents look like, they’ve clearly got some Turkish mongoloid/sub-saharan and north African in their gene pool.

“Albanian” is a nationality it is not a race. There are plenty of Somalians in Sweden too that feel Swedish because they are born and raised there, it’s the same sort of thing.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

i agree

but on the other hand i know i know lot of albanian with blue eyes and on the other hand albanians who look more like roma or gypsies or greek

that does not mean that they have african blood

please don’t be ridiculous

you cannot compare a northerner looking guy with a med – girl like ora

Drea K July 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

You didn’t fully get my point on the previous post, I am not comparing the two. I replied to the person implying that perhaps the reason Rita Ora doesn’t look white is because she tans.

If you look at her tanned or not tanned she still has non-white features and there’s simply no way she’s “100% Albanian” or European. She’s even used her non- white looks to advance in her career with the African- Americans in the music industry.

A lot of Albanians are typical Europeans especially among the Christians, there are plenty of natural blonds, redheads, light brown hair, they do have blue, green eyes but you’re right there are many of them especially among the Muslims that look middle eastern. They all consider themselves “white” though which you look at Rita Ora and she’s clearly not. This happens all over the balkans, even the Indian, Egyptian and Turkish settlers consider themselves white.

fuzzybear44 June 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm


Quote -(The are Caucasian like Europeans)

They are not all Caucasians like Europeans, some are and some aren’t. They are classify as white people because laws in the past ex.(Moor sundry act(which gives them white status) and the treaty of friendship). This is the very reason why these said people are protesting right now. We have the (M.E.N.A) conflict over in the U.S now. many people in The arab population take offense to being classify as white/ Caucasian. they say it is inaccurate and they don’t like it. It doesn’t take in account what they look like. Quote( They say they come in a variety of phenotypes and shades- ranging from pale to the deepest ebony ,hailing from iran to Egypt to the sudan. Yet they are all lumped into the white category.) Their slogan is ( Check it right, we ain’t white)

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