Mathangi Arulpragasam—generally identified by her stage identify M.I.A.—was not too long ago named a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), one of many highest honors British citizen can obtain. Arulpragasam was one in all a number of inducted into the order throughout the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours which observe those that have made vital strides in areas similar to medication, philanthropy, and the humanities with the “Paper Planes” rapper award being a results of her contributions to music.
Arulpragasam accepted the award in dedication to her mom in response to a press release posted to her Instagram:
“I’m honoured to have this honour, because it means alot to my Mother. I wish to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing!
She is likely one of the two ladies in England who hand stitched these medals for the final 30 years”
Other notable names honoured this 12 months included tv character Bear Grylls and the legendary New Wave singer and songwriter Elvis Costello.
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I’m honoured to have this honour, as it means alot to my Mother. I want to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing! She is one of the 2 women in England who hand stitched these medals for the last 30 years. After receiving asylum my mum and cousin took this job in 1986, because it was the only non English speaking manual labour she could find. She spent her life in England hand sewing 1000s of medals for the Queen. No matter how I feel or what I think , my Mother was extremely proud of the job she had. It’s a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever. #TAMIL #UKTAMIL #REFUGEE survival story. #LIFECYCLES. #whomademymedal
Photo Credit: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.