Rita Ora Calls Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez Her 'Biggest Inspirations’ (Exclusive)

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Rita Ora can't help but gush over Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez!

The 27-year-old singer dished to ET about two of her favorite superstars while inside Absolut Vodka’s Openhouse tent at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, California, on Saturday. 

Jetting to Coachella is becoming a tradition for the British beauty, but this year, Ora's "main aim was to see Beyonce,” who headlined the festival on Saturday night with a mind-blowing stage production that included a full marching band and a Destiny's Child reunion.

Inside the Absolut Openhouse, Ora partied alongside an excited crowd and played her new song, "Proud." The event marked her latest collaboration with the vodka company after teaming with them last year to launch the Open Mic Project by Absolut, which provides "a platform for amplifying and uniting the voices of people" around the U.S. 

“I chose to do multiple things like TV and movies. I kind of can’t go back now,” Ora told ET of her multifaceted career. “I really actually enjoy it. One of my biggest inspirations [besides] Beyonce, is Jennifer Lopez. She’s really hard-working. I see how much she does and I’m like, ‘I want to do that!’”

“There’s different types of entertainers nowadays and I really want to broaden my resume,” noted Ora, who appeared in theFifty Shades film trilogy and landed a role in the upcoming live-action Pokemonfilm. “I want to do movies, I want to do music, I want to travel the world, you know?”

Speaking of music, Ora hit the Coachella main stage for a surprise performance with Kygo on Friday.

“It was so crazy! The main stage was, like, f**king the coolest thing ever to perform on and I was just, like, taking it in,” she recalled. “It’s really nice because I’ve been trying to work with Kygo for so long.”

Another “cool” Coachella moment for Ora was seeing festivalgoers wearing her Adidas designs. “I was walking around and there were people wearing my clothes. That’s a really cool feeling!” she added.

Ora also dished out some advice for anyone traveling to the music festival, which stretches over two consecutive weekends and ends on April 22.  

“The dust is real,” she warned. “I would say, like, a scarf for your mouth, sunglasses, lip balm. The good thing about Coachella [is that] the weather is not the one thing you’re worried about because you know it’s sunny, you don’t know if it’s going to rain.”

But she’s isn’t quite embracing all of the Coachella trends, like fringe dusters and french braids. “Ladies, venture out. Bring out the hats,” Ora joked before adding that the fashion looks are a part of the “Coachella culture.” 

“In the U.K., we’ve got Glastonbury and we wear, like, muddy boots. Every festival has a specific look. You can’t f**k with the Coachella look, it is what it is. French braids forever," she said with a laugh. "I’m not dissing Coachella looks!”

 

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