Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Rita Ora after naming her a honorary ambassador to Kosovo.

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Rita Ora after naming her a honorary ambassador to Kosovo.

From war-torn refugee to international superstar, Rita Ora was in London to receive an ambassadorial honour by the Kosovan Embassy on Friday.

The sultry pop star was showing off her sophisticated transformation too, because she picked out an appropriately grown up mini dress for the ceremony.

Rita, 24, from today is an honorary ambassador for Kosovo by the President Mrs Atifete Jahjaga for her contribution to raising awareness for her home country.

Other high profile guests today included former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie.

Her ambassadorial accolade will no doubt be a great honour for the blonde, who left her birthplace of Pristina, Kosovo in 1991, when she was just one.

In highlighting issues in the area, Rita previously filmed the music video to her single Shine Ya Light in the country and earlier this year she contributed to the Thinking Of You art exhibition which was staged in Pristina Stadium.

Accepting the honour, Rita said: ‘I will wear the title of honorary ambassador with great pride and responsibility.

‘I grew up in Britain, a country which has given me so much for which I’m grateful. But I will always have a special place in my heart for Kosovo, my country of birth.

‘I’m lucky I’m in a position to travel the world and bring more awareness to my country of birth and let the rest of the world know what a beautiful country it is and how friendly the people are.’

The president went on to say: ‘Rita embodies all what we are about as a nation. What we have been through and what we can achieve when given the chance.

‘Beyond her talent and success that makes us all proud we are most thankful that she’s a Kosovo girl that is proud of her roots, the best bridge between Kosovo, the country she was born in and Britain, the country she now calls home.’

Speaking about her relationship with home nation Kosovo, Rita last year told Details magazine about her parents’ brave decision to leave when she was very young.

‘I feel very close to it,’ she said. ‘Even though I left Kosovo so early in my life. I don’t want people to think that I’ve abandoned where I’m from.

‘I’m actually working with UNICEF in order give back for all the love and support I’ve received from the people there. But I also really admire my mom and dad’s brave decision to move.’
She added: ‘They didn’t even speak English, and it was a big adjustment, but at the time I just didn’t realize how bad it was. The older I got, the more I saw what they sacrificed most—their families.’

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