Rita Ora’s lookalike mum Vera, 55, poses in red swimsuit as she shares powerful breast cancer survivor message
Rita Ora‘s mum Vera posed in a swimsuit as she shared a powerful breast cancer survivor message.
The 30-year-old singer’s lookalike mother, an NHS Psychiatrist, took to her Instagram account on Friday in a bid to empower other women who have been affected by the disease.
The 55-year-old beauty, who boasts 60.1k followers on the social media platform, donned a strapless scarlet one-piece from Melissa Odabash’s post-mastectomy swimwear range as she relaxed by the poolside in West Hollywood.
Empowering: Rita Ora’s mum Vera posed in a one-piece from Melissa Odabash’s post-mastectomy swimwear range on Thursday while sharing a powerful breast cancer survivor message with her Instagram followers
Vera explained why she had teamed up with breast cancer charity Future Dreams, saying she wants to increase awareness and inspire other women to get their confidence back by fronting the swimwear campaign.
She posted: ‘This post is dedicated to @melissaodabash @futuredreamscharity @amoena_company for their gratitude in helping and supporting many women like me touched by breast cancer!
‘I modelled for the charity as their ambassador not because I am a professional model but to increase awareness and help all women affected get their confidence back.
‘[Sun] is out, will expose scars, marks and uneven body shapes but with the right swimwear we can enjoy the sun as everyone else.
Lookalikes: The pose was reminiscent of her pop princess daughter Rita’s own poolside photoshoots (pictured right)
‘@oranick for More exclusive choices visit @amoena_company #VisualsWithVera.’
The pose was reminiscent of her pop princess daughter’s own poolside photoshoots.
Vera underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 aged 39.
The Albanian matriarch said at the time: ‘The whole family is still left with the anxieties that cancer ingrains. Rita gets anxious and sometimes has panic attacks.
‘(At the time) Rita rebelled a little, bunking off school for a couple of weeks. It was her mental escape.’
Social media sensation: Vera – who also raises daughter Elena and son Don with her husband Besnik (pictured together – is an NHS psychiatrist
Vera – who also raises daughter Elena and son Don with her husband Besnik – recently celebrated her 21-year-old Don’s graduation from university.
Rita gushed about her brother, who graduated from a business degree at Regent’s University London, and described him as the ‘kindest human’.
She wrote: ‘I’m so proud of my brother for graduating your so smart and the kindest human. Here’s to your future! The world is yours’.
The How We Do hitmaker also took to her Instagram stories as the Ora family cheered when Don stepped forward to receive his scroll upon graduating.
Beaming with pride, Rita could be seen giving her brother a sweet kiss on the cheek as she tells him: ‘I love you’.
Don’s big day: Rita gushed about her brother, who graduated from a business degree at Regent’s University London, and described him as the ‘kindest human’