Rita Ora

rita Ora ethnicity

Ora in 2014, photo by Prphotos

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. In 2015, she was named an Honorary Ambassador of 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 and theatre director (the son of Adem Sahatçiu and Besa).

Rita’s maternal grandfather was Osman Bajraktari. Osman was the Albanian consul to Russia, then part of the USSR.


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377 Responses

  1. abbracci says:

    That look is from the black African Moors.

  2. littlebodybigheart says:

    The correct term is Romani. The word “gypsy” is an ethnic slur.

  3. neiltennant says:

    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

    • Obey says:

      There are whites with that appearance too. The singer of the German Group Alphaville has brown hair and eyes and is white German. It is using oil on the body to brown the skin and will have a false appearance of being an afro, but it is not. Appearance never deceives those who are culturally intelligent.

      • Tageslicht says:

        The singer of Alphaville has a very typical western German, Alpine/Celtic phenotype. the Dutch killer Joran van der Sloot has somewhat similar features and appearance as well. They look fully European to me while Rita Ora just has something else about her. Of course there are Europeans with dark hair and eyes, no one denies that, hair and eye color is not what makes Rita Ora look non-white. Google her childhood photos, even without a fake tan her skin has a mulatto tone and she always had an exotic face. I just saw her in the pokemon movie with my kid, and I thought she was half black like the lead actor.

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