M.I.A. (Rapper) Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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M.I.A. Quick Info
Height5 ft 5½ in
Weight62 kg
Date of BirthJuly 18, 1975
Zodiac SignCancer
Hair ColorDark Brown

M.I.A. is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, visual artist, director, and activist whose credits include having released many well-received albums and tracks such as O… SayaDouble Bubble TroubleKalaSwagga Like Us, and Bad Girls. She has also been nominated for awards like the Academy Award, Grammy, and Mercury Prize. Moreover, M.I.A. has garnered a huge social media fan base with more than 1.5 million followers on Facebook, more than a million followers on Instagram, and more than 800k followers on Twitter.

Born Name

Mathangi Arulpragasam

Nick Name

M.I.A., Maya

M.I.A. as seen in 2016
M.I.A. as seen in 2016 (Interscope Records / Interscope Records / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Hounslow, London, England, United Kingdom

Nationality

British

 

Education

M.I.A. studied at the Holy Family Convent, Jaffna as well as at Ricards Lodge High School in Wimbledon. She also attended Central Saint Martins before graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Art, Film, and Video in 2000.

Occupation

Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Visual Artist, Activist, Director

Family

  • Father – Arul Pragasam (Tamil Activist, Former Revolutionary, Engineer, Writer)
  • Mother – Kala (Kathirithamby) (Seamstress)
  • Siblings – Kali Arulpragasam (Sister) (Jewelry Designer, Artist), Sugu Arulpragasam (Younger Brother)
M.I.A. as seen while taking a mirror selfie in February 2020
M.I.A. as seen while taking a mirror selfie in February 2020 (M.I.A. / Instagram)

Manager

M.I.A. is represented by –

  • XL Recordings, Record Label, London, England, United Kingdom
  • Eccentric Music, Record Label, Oslo, Norway

Genre

Hip Hop, Electronic, EDM, World, Avant-Pop

Instruments

Vocals, Drum Machine, Percussion

Labels

NEET Recordings, XL Recordings, Mercury Records, Interscope Records, Virgin EMI Records, Showbiz, Polydor, Roc Nation

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 5½ in or 166.5 cm

Weight

62 kg or 136.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

M.I.A. has dated –

  1. Diplo (2003-2008) – She started dating American DJ, songwriter, and record producer, Diplo, in 2003 after they met at the Fabric Club in London. The duo had a rough relationship and broke up after 5 years in 2008.
  2. Benjamin Bronfman (2008-2012) – In 2008, she met American entrepreneur and musician, Benjamin Bronfman, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and they soon started a romantic relationship. Eventually, they got engaged and also became parents to a son named Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman (b. February 13, 2009). However, they parted ways in February 2012.

Race / Ethnicity

Asian

M.I.A. is of Tamil Sri Lankan descent.

From Left to Right - Twitter-founders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, M.I.A., and Benjamin Bronfman
From Left to Right – Twitter-founders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, M.I.A., and Benjamin Bronfman (Evan Williams / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Powerful persona
  • Pierced ears

M.I.A. Favorite Things

  • Video Experience – The video of her song titled Sunshowers
  • Video Adaptation Of One Of Her Songs – Sunshowers

SourceWikipedia

M.I.A. as seen while performing at Outside Lands 2009
M.I.A. as seen while performing at Outside Lands 2009 (Moses / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

M.I.A. Facts

  1. Her stage name ‘M.I.A.’ stands for “Missing In Action”, a military term.
  2. She had a difficult relationship with her father who had little to no contribution to M.I.A.’s growing up as she was raised solely by her mother.
  3. Her debut studio album, Arular, was released on March 22, 2005, and it was placed at number #3 in the US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) chart, at number #8 in UK Independent Albums (OCC) chart, and at number #16 in US Independent Albums (Billboard) chart.
  4. On February 8, 2009, M.I.A. performed at the Grammys and 3 days later, she gave birth to her first child.
  5. She has credited Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, and Roxanne Shante as a few of her early influences.
  6. She has dyslexia.
  7. M.I.A. was honored as the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for her contributions to music.

Featured Image by Interscope Records / Interscope Records / CC BY-SA 4.0

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