THE SUPERBOWL HALF-TIME SHOW 2012

10 OF M.I.A.'S BEST LOOKS

This rapper sparks controversy both on and off the stage with her provocative music and eclectic fashion style. In celebration of her 40th birthday, we’ve gathered some of her best looks.

10. THE MET GALA 2012
The Paper Planes singer was hard to recognize at the 2012 Met Gala, wearing a printed ensemble from Stella McCartney combined with, for her, an unusal hairdo. She had a fringe and her hair was both longer and thicker than we’re used to seeing  – but it looked amazing.

9. THE BALENCIAGA SHOW 2013
M.I.A. is a coveted front row guest at all major fashion shows. In 2013, a few months before releasing her fourth album Matangi, she showed up at the Balenciaga show in Paris wearing a glossy black hoodie and printed tights, just looking effortlessly cool.

8. BACKSTAGE AT DIESEL 2008
Ok, this is definitely not one of her best looks, but it serves as an example of what she wore when she wasn’t known as a fashion force and international popstar. Also, the vintage hip-hop T-shirt paired with the relaxed blue jacket looks cool!

7. THE MOSCHINO SHOW 2015
Creative Director for Moschino, Jeremy Scott, has a muse and friend in M.I.A. She’s often seen wearing either Moschino or clothes from Scott’s self-titled label. As you can see here, she went all out, in Moschino, during the Milan show  in February.

6. ELLE STYLE AWARDS 2015
The singer stepped onto the red carpet at the Elle Style Awards this year looking like she had come straight fromhiking, just having made a pit stop to recut her cargo pants into a miniskirt – and traded her outdoor boots for statement heels. Nevertheless, she looked amazing in one of the trend colours for 2015.

5. VERSACE IN PARIS 2012
At the Versace Haute Couture Show in 2012, M.I.A. showed up wearing the Italian brand from head to toe. At this point, she had been contacted by Creative Director Donatella Versace to design a capsule collection for the sister label, Versus. The collection M.I.A. created with inspiration was from counterfeit Versace clothing.

4. THE SUPERBOWL HALF-TIME SHOW 2012
Madonna’s half-time show at the 2012 Super Bowl was truly epic, and rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined the queen of pop on stage to perform Give Me All Your Luvin’. All three looked amazing in their Roman attire, and M.I.A was particularly striking in  her big golden headpiece.

3. PERFORMING AT ETAM LINGERIE 2013
M.I.A. is fearless when it comes to both music and fashion, and often wears fluorescent colours, headbands (or veils) and way-out sunglasses. When she was performing at the Etam Lingerie show in 2013 she outdid herself with this beautiful combination. 

2. THE MET GALA 2010
M.I.A. made an appearance on the red carpet at the 2010 Met Gala with artist Nina Kraviz and designer Alexander Wang, wearing a leather corset bodysuit underneath a hand-crocheted gold yarn dress.

1. GRAMMY PERFORMANCE 2009
At nine months pregnant, the rapper went on stage at the 2009 Grammy’s to perform a remix of her smash hit Paper Planes, calledSwagger Like Us, together with the biggest names in hip-hop: T.I, Lil Wayne, Jay Z and Kanye West. M.I.A. outshone them all with her House of Holland polka-dot dress – and, of course, her big tummy.

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