Rita Ora Opens Up On Empowering Woman Tattoo: "I Was Obsessed With It"

1 April 2014, 11:20 | Updated: 1 April 2014, 11:22

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The 'I Will Never Let You Down' singer has revealed the message behind one of her largest tattoos.

Rita Ora has opened up about her tattoos and explained the meaning behind the large image of a woman she had inked onto her ribcage.

The 'R.I.P.' star, who unveiled her new single 'I Will Never Let You Down' this week, says she was "obsessed" with the artwork before getting the tattoo done last year.

"This is Rosetta, it's based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s," Rita reveals in her new Elle interview. "He was one of the creators of the pin-up image.

(Picture: Thomas Whitesid/ Courtesy of ELLE UK)

"That's our build, our power," she explained. "That's why I was obsessed with it, learning what men don't understand about women and what women don't understand about men.

(Picture: Thomas Whitesid/ Courtesy of ELLE UK)

"I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago and then I got it done six months ago," Rita added. "I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes."

> WATCH: Rita Ora's 'I Will Never Let You Down' Video

The full version of Rita Ora's interview appears in the May issue of ELLE, on sale from 3rd April.

A behind-the-scenes video of Rita Ora doing her ELLE shoot can be seen here.