Rita Ora Skips Alcohol and Drinks Lots of Water to Feel ‘Like a Superhero’

11/17/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Rita Ora has added actress, X Factor U.K. judge and designer to her résumé since she first burst onto the scene as a singer, but it’s always when she’s performing that she feels her best.

“I feel my strongest onstage,” Ora, 24, says in the December issue of SELF. “I still, to this day, do not know anything better.”

Her busy life has mandated that she is mindful of how she treats her body.

“When I’ve been really good with my body – no alcohol, no late nights, watching my diet, drinking water … I start feeling like a superhero!” she tells the mag.

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Just as essential to her well-being has been making time for sleep.

“I’ve never been more grateful for sleep than I am at this point,” she says. “I used to hate it. It took a lot to mentally calm me down. But now I travel with a candle and a little lavender pillow.”

Still, she does have the occasional night out.

“Obviously, I’m like any other 20-something – I like to have a drink after my show and things like that, but it’s in moderation,” says Ora. “It’s one of those things where the band goes out later and gets hammered, and you’ve got to be the one who just goes to bed.”

Even with her self-discipline, late nights and early call times are inevitable aspects of Ora’s life, so she’s trained her body to adapt.

“It’s like you’re an athlete,” she says. “I’m not running a marathon, but I’m doing it in my own way. You really have to take care of your body so you can survive.”

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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