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: November 26, 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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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

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