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. Her family is Muslim. Her father spent two months in besieged Sarajevo during the region’s 1990s civil war.

Her parents settled in an Albanian refugee community in Camden, London. For a number of years as a teenager, Dua also 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 was historian Seit Lipa. He was head of the Bosnian Institute of History.

Dua’s maternal grandparents are possibly named Iljaz Rexha and Zinka.

Sources: http://www.nylon.com

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

51 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

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

    • marjanel says:

      really, it would be esay

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      Live around a bunch of Mexicans here in los angeles,and they have a lot of different looks . Dua would fit in pretty easy

    • Raggy Bitt says:

      That’s because Albanians are not White Europeans they are MEDITERRANEAN Europeans aka Southern Europeans.
      Similar to Greeks, Romanians, South Italians, Spanish, Bulgarians, Slovenians, Croatians and most countries from the Balkan peninsula.

      • Lee says:


      • atina13 says:

        Wrong… They are 110%….Albanians come from Germanic Tribes and are one of the oldest indo European peoples around. Before Greeks and most other Europeans. Enemies spreading lies.

      • atina13 says:

        Raggy is wrong on a lot. Albanians are the original peoples of their lands. Serbs, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Greeks, etc. are of Slavic/Turkic/Oriental admixture. They became their neighbors much later. They never liked their host the Albanians who are — indigenous — Europeans that speak one of the oldest indo European languages.

      • CoolBeANs says:

        I’m American and I know for sure we consider Slavic people to be white. At least places like Russia, Poland, Checz Republic are very white countries. As for Bulgaria I used to work with a woman from Bulgaria long time ago and she’s one of the whitest people I’ve ever met in my whole life. Countries that most Americans don’t consider as white are Spain and Portugal for sure. Italy goes in between, some Italians can be super white, some can look like ——-, so go figure

        • CoolBeANs says:

          I’m as white as you can be. You can take a DNA test here and find your genealogy to see where your ancestors are from and my ancestors are all from European descendants. Only because you were born in Europe doesn’t make you white. Take a DNA test too, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had ancestors that were not European. We descend mostly from a mix of English, Irish and German blood. Like I said many countries in Europe, like Spain, Portugal, Albania, Macedonia, have big percentages of non-white or non-fully white people in their population. So please don’t even try.

        • CoolBeANs says:

          You must be very much in denial my friend. Also if you don’t understand English shut the **ck up and come back when you learn to communicate and understand like a normal person. How can I be mixed with what, when I took a DNA test and all my ancestors were from the UK, Ireland and Germany?? Again if you don’t understand what that means I have no idea how to explain it to you in another way. Most white Americans are like me. Everybody I know who took the same test got similar results as I did. And btw out of curiosity I would really love to know where in Europe you are from, since for you being a mix of English, Irish and German is not white enough. I would love to know from which “whiter” country you are from. I can’t hardly wait to find out that

        • sans whatever says:

          First of all, there is no such thing as ‘all ancestors from britain and germany’. britain over the last few thousand years has been massively invaded by: steppe hoarders, then french, then various vikings, then germans; small scale invaded by: unknown amount of same and others. germany- the middle of europe- always has been a melting pot of everyone that passed by. And all these populations themselves were to varying degrees mixed with steppe people and anatolians, plus whomever the vikings would abduct from who knows where.
          Dna tests’ depth will ONLY provide a shallow answer such as ‘british-german’ unless there was a racemixed marriage in the last few generations. In other words- they mean nothing.

        • CoolBeANs says:

          Ok it’s clear now you must have some sort of mental disorder or something cause Americans who hide people’s real DNA is ridiculous. Seriously you must be out of your head. Also you call me ——– when you can’t put two words together in proper grammar is actually kind of funny. And I asked you a question. I told you what’s my ethnicity. I want to know where you’re from. Or maybe you’re afraid to say that because you don’t want us to find out you come from —- ——— country. Please if anybody knows where this peasant comes from write it in the comments. I’m dying to know where this weirdo is from. And I don’t know what you mean by show me your white. How am I supposed to do that on here?

        • CoolBeANs says:

          Hahahhahahahaha you’re Italian. Are you even for real?? And you think you can say Americans are not white when you come from the same country as Andrea Bocelli, Luca Guadagnino and that stupid actor that was on that Netflix show, what’s his name? Michele Morrone. I can’t even believe I was arguing with someone that is nothing but a —– —. Ciao ciao
          Lose. R

        • andrew says:


          As you checked, Muricansareallmutts has mental issues. She is actually ———, not standard ——-. If you don’t know, ———- are subject of various jokes by other ——–, like sheepshaggers and such (fellow ——– struggle to understand their thick accent) They are also stererotyped as short, dark and hairy, because being far from mainland, they have have the strongest Neolithic component in ——. Probably @muricans fits with the description, based on her “comments”. Thus she hates the mankind (and primalrly her fellow countrymen) and oddly identifies as “——– ——–” (?).

          • CoolBeANs says:

            OMG what a big “L” he/she/it whatever is the identity of that being is. Shouldn’t we request to have her removed from this page? Her comments are very hateful and offensive. This is not a place for her. A mental institute maybe could help with her case ‍♂️

  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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