Rita Ora says women in the music industry still have to fight “every day” for equal pay and rights.
The 30-year-old singer-and-actress is proud to have sustained a successful career, but says there is still a long way to go before female stars are treated as equals to their male counterparts.
Speaking to Numero Berlin magazine – of which she is the cover star – Rita said: “We as women are fighting every day to have equal pay, to have an equal voice, to be able to not be judged, to express our femininity in a way where it doesn’t undermine our power.
“Those are things that we fight for every day. Gender equality is something that I stand for. I’m very passionate about it.
“I stand by equal rights, I stand by freedom of speech and I stand by women having a boss attitude.”
She added: “For me, the defining moment is sustaining my career. Being able to still sit here today, take incredible photos, be able to talk about my career 10 years on.
“I think that’s a big achievement for artists. And to be able to sustain something for me and have the next chapter of my life and still be in the business is really amazing.”
As well as her chart success, Rita has starred in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ franchise, had a cameo in ‘Southpaw’ alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and voiced Dr. Ann Laurent in ‘Detective Pikachu’.