Lipa was born on 22 August 1995 in London to Kosovar Albanian parents who had moved from Pristina, FR Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo[a]) in 1992. Her father—Dukagjin Lipa—is a marketing manager and the lead vocalist in the Kosovan rock band Oda, while her mother—Anesa Lipa (née Rexha)—works in tourism. Through her maternal grandmother, Lipa is also of Bosnian descent. Her family is of Muslim background. Lipa has a younger sister Rina and a younger brother Gjin. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2006 when her father accepted a job offer there. In Kosovo, Lipa attended the Mileniumi i Tretë (Third Millennium) school in Pristina, and became a fan of hip hop artists which would eventually influence her music style. At the age of 14, Lipa began posting YouTube covers of her favourite songs by artists such as Pink and Nelly Furtado. She has stated that she was influenced by the discovery of Justin Bieber on YouTube which inspired her to achieve the same. One year later, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer, living with a friend and studying at Parliament Hill School during the week and at the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. In order to earn money for music sessions, Lipa worked different jobs, such as hostessing restaurants and nightclubs. She began working as a model for the online catalogue ASOS Marketplace when she was 16, with the goal of meeting people who could help her pursue a music career, but she left after a manager told her to lose weight. In 2013, Lipa starred in a television advertisement for The X Factor.