She’s an award-winning singer with a blossoming acting career to boot. But superstar Rita Ora, 24, added another string to her bow recently as she was snapped in her first underwater shoot by photographer Zena Holloway. Playing the part of a mystical mermaid, the new x factor judge appears to be swimming through the sea as she promotes a new fish restaurant.
The aquatic photoshoot took place to promote new restaurant Sexy Fish, which opens in London’s Berkeley Square in mid-October. It was inspired by the restaurant’s private dining room ‘The Coral Reef Room’, which houses the largest live coral reef tank in the world. The new seafood brasserie includes an array of incredible artwork, from world-renowned artist Damien Hirst’s pair of bronze cast mermaids to the 13ft crocodile sculpture designed by Frank Gehry and a ceiling mural by illustrator Michael Roberts.
The backstage video of the shoot can be viewed here:
Dive beneath the scenes of our underwater fashion shoot in the Bahamas. Words by Damian Foxe and Millicent Simon
Suited and booted for a British winter, the model wears neither protective chainmail nor mask while filming. He shuts his eyes against the salty water while technical adjustments are made by the crew – something that “takes some balls” while surrounded by sharks, says photographer Zena Holloway.