Why M.I.A.'s MBE Award Might Be the Most Meaningful Ever

One of the highest honors a British citizen can receive is when the Queen makes them a Member of the British Empire and bestows them an MBE Award.

One was just given to "Paper Planes" singer M.I.A., but receiving the medal was particularly meaningful for her because her mother literally used to make them with her own hands.

M.I.A. wrote on Instagram: "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."

And she ended her post asking #WhoMadeMyMedal, see her full post below.

 
 

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