Dua Lipa

BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2016 - Arrivals

Lipa in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 22 August, 1995

Ethnicity: Albanian, as well as Bosniak

Dua Lipa is a British singer, songwriter, and model. She was born in Westminster, London, England. Her parents, Anesa (Rexha) and Dukagjin Lipa, are Albanian, originally from Kosovo. For a number of years as a teenager, she lived in Pristina, Kosovo. At sixteen, Dua returned to London to follow her musical career. Her father was lead vocalist in a Kosovar rock band named Oda.

Dua’s paternal grandfather is historian Seit Lipa. He was head of the Bosnian Institute of History.

Sources: http://www.nylon.com

Marriage record of Dua’s parents – https://familysearch.org

39 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    Looks Mexican. I think most Albanian singers belongs to the exotic’s side.

  2. lelo4 says:

    Looks like a standard Turkish girl.

  3. andrew says:

    Her and other Albanians from Kosovo should be tagged as Kosovarian.

    • bablah says:

      That’s not a word. Kosovar or Kosovan is however.

      • bablah says:

        Oh, and I think there’s more difference between a Tosk Albanian and Gheg Albanian than between a Gheg Albanian from Kosovo and a Gheg Albanian from Albania.

        • Drea K says:

          You don’t know what you’re talking about. Kosovars are completely different from Gheg Albanians, both linguistically and culturally. Kosovo people speak their own dialect of the Albanian language, which has a slavic accent to it and a lot of Turkish and Arabic words in it due to the Ottoman invasion of that region. Whereas northern Albanians don’t roll their “r’s” kinda like in the English & Irish languages, neither do Tosk Southern Albanians, so I’d say they’re more similar to each other than to the Kosovars. Many Albanians of Albania can’t even understand Kosovars. Plus most Gheg Albanians are Catholic and most Tosks Orthodox, unlike Kosovars who are over 90% Islamic. Kosovars may consider themselves Albanian, but their culture is more Asiatic-Turkish than Albanian due to their Islamic traditions and faith. They’ve also mixed with Turks and consider them “brothers”.

          • bablah says:

            >a lot of Turkish and Arabic words due to the Ottoman invasion of that region

            No, it’s because they weren’t impacted by Enver Hoxha’s nationalist agenda that pushed those words out of Albanian vocabulary in Albania. You think Albania wasn’t under the Ottoman empire? I’ve never heard a Kosovar roll their Rs, but I’m Serbian, maybe my ”R rolling” standards are high.

            >Plus most Gheg Albanians are Catholic and most Tosks Orthodox

            Well, now…are you saying the Albanian census is lying?
            Kosovo Albanians were mostly Roman Catholic till maybe early to mid 19th century, it wasn’t that long ago.

            >Kosovars may consider themselves Albanian, but their culture is more Asiatic-Turkish than Albanian due to their Islamic traditions and faith. They’ve also mixed with Turks and consider them “brothers”.


            All in all, Kosovo Albanians are one and the same as Malesians, and last time I checked they were Gheg.

          • andrew says:


            Isn’t Islam the first religion in Albania?

            Off topic: Albanian girls are hot IMO.

          • bablah says:

            >Isn’t Islam the first religion in Albania?

            It is. Drea K knows nothing about her country, obviously.

          • Raggy Bitt says:

            Drea K genius boy I’m sorry but the only reason why Albanians are muslim is because Islam was forced on them with the sword by the Ottoman Empire.
            Show some respect smarty boy.

      • atina13 says:

        Not an ethnicity.

    • madman says:

      The tag “Kosovar” already exists.

  4. Manila says:

    I have found her birth record – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHZ-76HT

    I have also found her parents’ (Dukagjin Lipa and Anesa Rexha) marriage record – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVFM-PY3S

  5. Ardor says:

    Turkish, Albanian, Serbian….Wouldn’t be surprised if it was any of them.

    • andrew says:

      They’re three different ethnicities. The largest part of Turkey (and of Turks) is not European.

      • TheHelper says:

        Turkey is a part of Europe and Turks are European.

      • TheHelper says:

        @andrew Turkey is a part of Europe and Turks are European.

        • andrew says:

          Only a small portion of Turkey is geographically part of Europe. Turks are not European people at all on average, but those from Istanbul area might be culturally more closer to Western Europeans that to the poor Turkish farmers from the East, at least it’s what a Turkish man I know told me.

          • Raggy Bitt says:

            Well what this Turkish man should’ve told you is that Istanbul used to belong to the Greeks before the Turks stole that portion of the land and later GENOCIDED indigenous Greek men women and children. The genocide is known as the Pontian Genocide.
            Secondly that portion of turkey is not western Europe, it’s Eastern Europe and eastern Europe is poorer than Turkey.
            Thirdly there’s no such thing as ONE european people. In fact Bulgarians for example are a Turkic people descendants of Turkish tribes. Bulgarians themselves with tell you that they are racially mostly turkic.

          • andrew says:

            Yes, he told me Eastern Europe is poorer than Western Turkey too.

            Bulgaria takes his name after a Turkic tribe who colonized that area, but it does not mean Bulgarians are Turkic. They are evidently closer to other Slavic people.

          • Raggy Bitt says:

            Slavic people are also not white western europeans. That’s what americans told you. Slavic people are more asiatic racially.
            Bulgarians are still mostly Turkic. And they do look turkic. How many Bulgarians do you even know? They look as turkic as they come.

          • andrew says:

            Bulgarians are South-East Europeans. Hence they are closer to other people from this area. Turkic people are from Central Asia.

          • Raggy Bitt says:

            I know but racially they are mostly turkic. They will tell you themselves that they are.
            The “stolen” part of Turkey that used to be Greece is right at the border with Bulgaria anyway. lol

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