Rita Ora’s New Video Looks Very Similar to Queer ‘Queen’ Perfume Genius

Don’t you know your queen? For Rita Ora, the answer seems to be a resounding “no.” The elusive British pop star who made her return to music this month is courting controversy with the video for her new single “Your Song.” In the opening shot, the TV host and fan favorite of the Who Weekly podcast about D-list celebrities is seen in an oversized, 80s-inspired business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. She jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. She then proceeds to launch herself off a ledge.

It looks edgy and fun, but it also looks like a tame version of the same scene Perfume Genius created for his 2014 single “Queen.” At the 2:30 mark in that particular video (which you can watch below), singer Mike Hadreas is outfitted in a gloriously oversized 80s business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. He jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. He then proceeds to launch himself off a ledge.

To be fair, the scenes do have notable differences. In the Perfume Genius video, the business men are eating jumbo shrimp and Hadreas is serving full queer looks, while Ora is tasked with confronting business men in front of their laptops and is not serving businesswoman fish like Hadreas did.

There’s been no official word from Ora yet about the similarities, but Hadreas did take to Twitter to give a subtle “side eye” emoji when the drama was brought to his attention. We can only hope that this will all end in a big gay lip-sync battle set in another 80s-inspired boardroom.

Rita Ora Dishes on Taking Over For Tyra on America’s Next Top Model

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We know what you’re thinking: how could anyone replace Tyra as the host of America’s Next Top ModelAnd the truth is, no one could – but if anyone can step in and take the show in a fresh, exciting new direction, that in it’s own way might be just as fun to watch as it’s predecessor, it’s Rita Ora.

The singer, actress, model, and designer has already had a huge career for herself at the ripe age of 26. In addition to her music career, which has already spawned four #1 singles in the UK, she’s appeared in blockbusters like Fast & Furious 6 and Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as collaborating on fashion lines with brands like Adidas and Rimmel.

Perched on an armchair in the Mercer Hotel, wearing a giant, bright orange parka with architectural cutouts, Ora was the picture of poise and glamour, but we were more struck by just how warm and open she was. We caught up with the star about her new hosting gig, her fashion design aspirations, Grammy predictions, and why there’s no more guys this season.

So you’re the new host of America’s Next Top Model.

I feel like I can’t believe it’s coming out so soon, to be honest. We filmed it in August. It was amazing to be a part of – I never approached with the intent to replace Tyra. Our whole idea was to reinvent ANTM for 2016. For people that really want to know what’s going to happen with the winner – because, nowadays, it’s more than just taking a good photo – OK, double-like, move on, oh, something else is going on! It takes a lot to be remembered nowadays. So taking that into consideration, the producers and Tyra and I thought, “Well, let’s do that. Let’s look for a brand-boss beautiful girl who can rock a campaign and still be in a room and hold her own.” Tyra has been so helpful, and she actually makes a cameo in the beginning, telling the girls about the new panel. She’s just been so supportive.

Did she give you any advice?

I asked her “How the hell do you say goodbye to these girls every week?” Because I started to really fall for them, in love with them and their stories. When you see the season, you’ll realize you learn to love these girls, or hate them – they come from nothing. Some of them come from the middle of nowhere. I’m from Kosovo – I was a refugee in the UK. I relate to these girls being told no – when you walk into a room and you’re told “You’re 14. Your music isn’t ready yet.” And Tyra said, “You have to do it. You’re a role model for these girls. You have to say no with pride, and compassion, and remind them that it’s just another chapter in their book.” But god, it was really difficult.

Had you already been a fan of the show before Tyra approached you?

Yes, and I’d been a fan of the iconic moments. There were times I’d have wine with my friends and look at a YouTube reel of the iconic Tyra moments.

We were all rooting for you!

That, for me, everyone remembers that. And that happened without anyone thinking about it. And I’d like to say there’s a few iconic moments in this season. I can’t wait for people to see.

You’ve got some Tiffany moments?

You get angry. You want these girls to win. It’s not anger at them, it’s: “Wake up! Once you’re out there, what’s going to make you get booked, and not Gigi? Or Bella, or Karlie Kloss?”

Who are your style icons whom you look up to?

My figures are people who had a voice – it wasn’t always about how they looked. For me, Tyra, obviously, having the initiative to create a brand and be a boss. Gaga, going on American Horror Story, I really love her. And Freddy Mercury – these people have created moments not just because of how crazy they dress, but because they were really committed to themselves. Madonna, obviously being one. These people – not just for what they’ve done for the gay community, but for people wanting to be creative, and outspoken. It’s amazing to see.

Did you listen to Joanne?

Yes – fantastic record.

How are you feeling about your own new music?

I’m just so ready for this album to come out. I’ve been through a lot, musically. Everything I was trying to do creatively was getting blocked at the time, and it was very difficult for me to voice myself, and there was a point that I really just gave up and started doing other things. Which is incredible – like fashion, and movies, which I’m not complaining about. But I love music, and it’s the reason I started entertaining in the first place, and now I’ve got my second album coming out with Atlantic Records, and I’m so proud of it, I’ve written every song on it. It’s based in London. We live produced everything. Instruments, the band, a full orchestra.

What was it inspired by?

Really just the fact that I couldn’t do it. I was starving, I was like “What the fuck? Why can’t I do this? I have this following, and this amazing fan base, on Twitter, and Instagram, and nothing to tell them, because I didn’t want to go into this whole thing.” I just thought, “Hopefully, they’ll stick by me.” And they did. And it’s a beautiful thing to now be free. This album is about celebrating that, and not dwelling on the past. I’m now able to sing my songs, and dress how I wanted to dress in my videos.
Is it a new sound?
Definitely – it’s more mature. It’s got elements of pop, for sure, but it’s soul. It’s a record with inspirations from The Beatles, to everything… it’s live music. It’s fun. We’re taking it back to basics.

Are you rooting for anyone at the Grammys?

Childish Gambino’s album was great – even though he wasn’t nominated. Chance the Rapper’s album was so cool. I hope he gets that. The Bon Iver album this year for me was fantastic.

What’s your Netflix binge?

The Crown, I’m watching right now, about the royal family. It’s really interesting. Peaky Blinders is one of my favorites. There’s this show America’s Next Top Model coming out soon…

You’ve got a new collection with Adidas?

Yeah, my fifteenth collection with them. I can’t believe it. I signed four and a half years ago, by the way, before any of these sports collaborations happened, thank you very much. Well, to be honest, Missy Elliott was the first – she did one with Adidas before anybody. And so did Katy Perry, I believe, when she did her tour merch with them? But yeah, fifteen collections deep, it’s time to really take Adidas collab into another realm, which is I really want to distribute my line and do it on my own. Adidas will always support me, we’ve had a lot of success with each other. So, it’s not the end. It’s just a new chapter. I’ll never stop collaborating. But it’s all about doing it on your own, I think. It will take a long time. Look at Victoria Beckham – she was in Spice Girls, and now she’s an incredible designer.

The Top Model judges are great. Ashley Graham…

She’s great. She’s someone to me who hasn’t gotten the respect they deserves. She’s had such a great story from her catalogue modeling days to being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I think that’s such a sick transition. I feel like this show is really going to make people understand not only her struggle, and what she had to do to get there, but also inspire the contestants that it’s OK to be said no to. She knows more than anybody what “no” feels like. People told me all the time, even me: “You’re too big to be on campaigns.” So I can only imagine what Ashley goes through. Not only that, but I also thought she was a really good judge to keep the girls in check when they feel like “I’m too big” – everyone has insecurities. So I think she’s a really good, solid person to listen to in that department.

Is there anything you learned from the contestants while doing this that you weren’t expecting?

The hunger of it all. You never know how much someone wants it until they really want it. You see things… you do stuff that you don’t even recognize yourself doing, when you really want something. It’s: “I will do anything to get there. With class, of course.” But I think these girls are really fighting for their lives in this show. I didn’t realize before I was in it. You see what happens in the house, you see how they are… everything is real. I think people forget when it’s on TV, they think it’s not real. But it is.

Why no guys?

Because in the original ANTM at the start, which is what I looked at before starting this show, it was just girls. I wanted to go back to how it started. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way forever. But for the first new branding of the show we wanted to go back to the basics of it, and it was girls. So I thought, “Let’s just start it off like that, see what happens, see how it elevates. And take it from there.”

America’s Next Top Model returned on VH1 December 12 at 10 PM EST.

Rita Ora to Host New Iteration of “America’s Next Top Model”

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VH1’s reincarnation of The CW classic “America’s Next Top Model” will be hosted by singer and model Rita Ora, according to Variety, replacing longtime “Top Model” staple Tyra Banks.

After 22 cycles, The CW cancelled “Top Model” in October. The Banks-created show was quickly picked up by VH1, where Tyra will still serve as an executive producer and cameo guest.

Joining Ora on the fresh new panel are supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper magazine’s Drew Elliott, and stylist Law Roach.

Rita Ora has previously served as a coach on the British version of “The Voice,” as well as a judge on “The X Factor.” Four of her songs have reached number one in the UK, although for some reason we still keep drawing a blank whenever anyone asks us to sing something of hers.

Only time will tell if she’s got the manic spirit Tyra brought to the table over the course of her reign as Top Model Titan.

A gentle reminder to watch Ms. Banks at her best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53sOpQQWOOA

 

Bare Butts, Major Sparkles, and the Prettiest Princess Gown: The Top 10 Fashion Moments of the 2015 Grammys

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RIHANNA
No one else came even close. Hands down, Rih wins best dressed. In a sea of kinda quirky, a little cute, and mostly meh, Rihanna’s gorgeous confection of an empire-waisted Giambattista Valli Haute Couture extravaganza dress is so refreshing, so perfect, and I can only ever see this on Rihanna now. She owns this. Pure magic. Bravo to Rih’s stylist Mel Ottenberg— AS

 

BEYONCÉ
Bow down! Actually, I’m not sure I love this look on Bey. The hair’s a little too long (a little flyover state) for me… and while I definitely appreciate Yoncé’s support of American designers on the red carpet (custom Proenza Schouler, what what!) I can’t help but feel like Bey’s giving us all a little Mimi. That fabulous hourglass, that forced smile, the stiff pose… it all reads like Mariah Carey. Who I love. But still. — AS

 

KATY PERRY
I think we can all agree that we know that Katy Perry looks good naked. This Zuhair Murad isn’t leaving much to the imagination. But we hear no one complaining. Also the hair… cute! — AS

 

NICKI MINAJ
Nicki wore Tom Ford, and the full look was really just dripping with the essence of a highly polished stripper. Sorry, girl. Maybe it was the gelled hair? The couldn’t-be-strapped-tigher cleavage? Abundant excess of side boob? The shredded lengths of the dress? Hmm. Hmmmm… –AS

 

HAIM
Major props to these sisters for getting low-key/high-style just right on the red carpet. Este in Chloe, and Danielle and Alana, both in Stella McCartney looked like the girl everyone always wants to be who just always has the right amazing, understated outfit, and looks effortlessly cool on a Wednesday. No shenanigans needed. While all three looks were gold, Danielle’s pale pink suit and distinctive middle part were the most eye-catching moment. — SSF

 

RITA ORA
I knew I liked this gown as soon as I saw it. The red carpet is what glittery gowns that look like disco balls were made for (as for the rest of us…sigh) and this one is a classic with perfect modern twists. The mockneck caught my eye immediately. Then, I found it it was Prada and it all made sense. Once a Miuccia girl, always a Miuccia girl. — SSF

 

CIARA
They say that fashion (and what works/does not) is all about attitude, and this look is one reason why. Sure, some of the twitterati were making loofah comparisons, but Ciara carried her shower-accessory inspired Alexandre Vauthier couture gown with the confidence of a badass betch. The cinched waist gave it some shape. If I were to make a comparison, it would be to a Black Swan costume, but in my mind, that is never a bad thing. — SSF

 

MADONNA
Oy vey. Aside from looking like Dolce & Gabbana of yesteryear, this is also an example of cleavage gone wrong! It’s always confusing when custom (Givenchy, in this case) is ill-fitting. Echem, and earlier on the red carpet, Madge flashed her fishnet-clad tush, reminding everyone that she might be 56 — but she’s a cool mom. — SSF

 

GWEN STEFANI
So elegant in that Atelier Versace, Gwenny! The nude lip is a nice departure for the singer, whose signature red lip was missing tonight. I think this lets her beautiful face, immaculate hair, and sexy-sophisticate Versace shine through. — AS

TAYLOR SWIFT
Karlie? Taylor? Who even is this anymore? It seems that Karlie Kloss and Swift are more than just besties, but rather, Kloss’s runway style savvy is serving as Taylor’s red carpet muse. The more time those two spend together, the more they seem to look alike. Taylor’s turquoise Elie Saab gown and purple heels are perfect for her pop-y rebranding. Dress = cute! The matching blond lobs = weird. — SSF

Exits, Returns, and Debuts: The Fashion News You Need to Know

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1. Peta Protests Men’s Woolmark Prize

While Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow were celebrating another big win for their line Public School, PETA protestors (in the form of three vegan male models, carrying a replica of a bloody sheep carcass and signs, wearing synthetic sweaters,) protested the use of wool, pointing to a study that showed severe mistreatment of the animals in Australia. Woolmark contests these claims.

2. H&M & Coachella Collaborate

Festival attire inspires an Instagram frenzy and countless blog posts each year, so H&M decided to make it official with a collaboration with Coachella inspired by the classic American festival aesthetic.

3. Isabel Marant Casts Natasha Poly

Isabel Marant’s new campaign explores the female’s feline side, with hair inspired by a lioness and a decidedly playful characterization for model Natasha Poly, who, Marant told WWD, has a lot of different characters and we knew she would play the game.” The playful campaign was shot by fashion faves Inez & Vinoodh. 

natasha poly4. Pringle of Scotland Exhibition

Pringle is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in a deservedly big way. The brand will debut a major exhibition called “Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story” at the Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week. In addition, the show will feature new campaign images will be presented, shot by Albert Watson of Scottish figures including Stella Tennant, David Shrigley and Luke Treadaway as well as a collaboration with Michael Clark Dance Company. Finally, Pringle will introduce, Deconstructed, a customizable service allowing shoppers to add a personal touch to their cashmere purchases. 

5. Frida Giannini’s Left Gucci Earlier Than Expected
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We knew Frida Giannini was leaving Gucci, we just didn’t know how soon that would be. Apparently, Giannini left last week, a full month earlier than anticipated. According to WWD, sources say Giannini was asked to leave the company last Friday, rather than after her Fall women’s show on February 25th, as originally planned. It is believed this is a result of efforts to speed up the company’s process for upcoming decisions regarding creative direction for the company.

6. Viviane Sassen for 3.1 Phillip Lim

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First of all, 3.1 Phillip Lim is verging on it’s 10-year-anniversary, which is insane! To celebrate, the brand returned to ideas Lim views as essential to its DNA, bucking convention by eschewing hair and makeup, and heading to Morocco with art photographer Viviane Sassen for a shoot based around the theme “Romancing Reality.”

7. Kim Kardashian Lands Vogue Australia Solo Cover

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Though we can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever land the U.S. cover spot on her own, this cover adds more fuel to Kim’s fashion fire. We know we have her coming up soon clad in Prada on the cover of LOVE, and her ad campaign for Balmain just launched. When Kim sets out to become a fashion icon, you better believe she’s gonna get it done.

8. Cathy Horyn is Back


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It turns out her exit from The New York Times after 15 years was not a final bow. The famed critic will join The Cut as critic-at-large, starting with the fast-approaching February shows.

9. Adidas Questions the Meaning of “Superstar”

Rita Ora, Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, and basketball player Damian Lillard come together in this video to make probing and skeptical claims about what it means to be a superstar (“If you think a superstar is people wanting to know where you are, who you’re with, and reading about what you had for breakfast, or caring about what you wear to an event…”) –while wearing the athletic brand’s classic 1969 sneaker of the same name.

10 Fashion Moments from the 2014 VMAs That Deserve Recognition

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Without the formality of a show like the Oscars, the VMA Awards allow our favorite stars a night of creativity and fun when it comes to red carpet fashions. We get everything from gorgeous and sexy, to misguided and batshit. Since the program is an awards show, here are my own fashion awards for the night–

Best Shameless Self-Promotion: Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj was in full Anaconda mode following the music video release that shattered records with almost 20 million views in 24 hours. Clad in a Saint Laurent sequined snakeskin ensemble, Minaj kept makeup and accessories light —  a sweet reminder that she has a gorgeous face, even without bubblegum lipstick. Get it girl.

 

Best I Woke Up Like This: Beyoncé
Beyoncé was late and looked fancier than most–because why not. The Nicolas Jebran Couture gown isn’t my favorite thing she’s ever worn, and her earrings are verging on cartoon-big, but her soft waves are gorgeous and her skin in glowing. HOWEVER, the custom Tom Ford bejeweled leotard she performed her 16 minute long BEYONCÉ medley in was truly flawless.

 

Boobs: Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian wore a beaded Balmain (no surprise) mini that showed off her butt and boobs, which, to be fair, is understandable given that she is often between her much taller younger sisters Kendall and Kylie in photos. She looked gorgeous, and honestly, it’s not like Kim requires a special occasion for this amount of cleavage.

 

Best Effort to Try Something New: Taylor Swift
A bold departure from her old-country-singing-blush-toned gowns, Taylor Swift wore an alphabet printed blue onesie by Mary Katrantzou. I love Katrantzou’s surrealist-inspired prints but this did not do it for me. Taylor’s got legs for miles (see: her obsession with ModelFit on Bowery) and seemed to be having fun in the piece, but I’d have preferred a mini-dress or a less random seeming pattern. Still–if Taylor the pop singer wants to experiment with new styles, bring it on.

 

Best Timeless Glamour: Rita Ora
Rita Ora’s apple red Donna Karan Atelier gown slit up to her hip on one side was old Hollywood glamour at its best. Simple, sexy, and classic. Very Marilyn!

 

MILF-in-Chief: Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani wore a matching hot pink and black bustier and pants that looked like they were literally made for her–because they were, by her own line, L.A.M.B.

 

Best Please-Let-Me-Look-This-Good-When-I’m-45: J.Lo
J.Lo’s Charbel Zoe gown had more cutouts than not, and she rocked it–leg-slit, sparkle, and all. Here’s hoping she wore sunblock.

 

Best “Can-Be-Tamed”: Miley Cyrus
Miley wore a two-piece leather getup by Alexander Vaulthier —  sleek and mature. Leather outfits have been and are still stylish, and Miley’s hair–a simple crop in lieu of last year’s nubby side buns –looked adult and sophisticated paired with her simple silver heels.

 

Best WTF: Amber Rose
Amber Rose looked like she was wearing a tangle of Swarovski jewelry I liked in my tween years, and it made J.Lo’s dress look conservative. It just looks so uncomfortable!

 

Best Throwback: Katy Perry (with Riff Raff)
Katy Perry paid homage to queen of the early aughts in head-to-toe denim, throwing it back to Brit and J.T. circa 2001. She tweeted in advance: “WE’RE GOIN FOR DA BEST WORST DRESSED TODAY  #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS.” Nailed it.

Rita Ora Looks Adorable in New House of Holland for Beats by Dre

Well how cute is she! Pulling off cowgirl style as no real cowgirl could ever do, Rita Ora is seen here showing off the new House of Holland for Beats by Dre strap meant to hold the ‘pill’ speaker (which, by the way, can connect via Bluetooth to another Beats speaker to *surround sound* effects).

Reminiscent of a guitar strap, the case has hands free room for all of your summer essentials… iPhone, cashola, lighters, and of course, the Beats by Dre Pill XL.

Of the collab, Henry Holland himself said,” The best thing about the Beats pill XL is that you can take it anywhere so why not carry it like a fur trimmed accessory?!”

Totally.

The House of Holland strap goes on sale today exclusively on Henry Holland’s website.

All Day I Dream About… Rita Ora

Adidas’ star has been on the rise. Since the resurgence and proliferation of ‘90s style, the tri-stripe, the logo, and the collaborations have been blipping consistently on fashion’s radar. I’ve even hopped back on the same bandwagon I was on circa fifth grade, and it’s been difficult to get me to wear anything other than a Jeremy Scott collab men’s pixelated logo sweater on gloomy days. I hope no one is sick of it yet, because I’m not!

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Aside from Jeremy Scott, we have Stella McCartney workout gear thanks to Adidas (and a new reason to wake up for Exhale classes), and as always, the good old Adidas classics that will never go anywhere (and the more worn in, the better). Now, another collaboration: Rita Ora is set to design a line with Adidas, presumably for our track-pant-lounging pleasure. Also a high possibility: crop tops… yet another reason to get thee to core fusion. Lately the singer has been all over Instagram wearing Adidas, showing off her Adidas goodies (platform creeper/sneakers. Must we do this again?) and with her pals Jeremy and Stella. As they say, the world awaits with breath that is baited.

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Today In Brit It Girl News: Rita Ora Replaces Alexa Chung for Superga

Instead of tapping the always-stylish Alexa Chung for its campaign like last time, Superga asked Chung’s British neighbor Rita Ora to take the thrown. The 22-year-old Roc Nation artist, Rob Kardashian ex and Rihanna style doppelganger stars in the cult-favorite Italian sneaker brand’s latest spring shoot.

Similar to Frank Ocean and A$AP Rocky, the singer has been making the rounds in the fashion world, especially now that she’s pretty much besties with model-of-the-moment, Cara Delevingne. Ora spoke with Metro at Australia’s Future Music Festival to discuss her newfound fashion fame: "I’ve always loved fashion as much as I love being on stage, although it’s different. But I never really followed trends or cared what people thought about my outfits. I always bought and wore what I wanted. If I wanted to wear a mask on my head, I’d do it. If I wanted to wear an Audrey Hepburn hairstyle, I’d wear it."
 
But don’t expect this style cameleon to take on Chung’s totally wearable, effortlessly cool territory anytime soon: "I like to be comfortable but I don’t always take it into consideration," she explains to Metro."I really like latex clothes, for example. But latex dresses… people come up to me and go: ‘Are you comfortable in that?’ And I’m like: ‘I don’t care. How does it look? It looks good? All right, cool.’" There you have it.