Everyone’s favorite Sri Lankan electro-hop artist M.I.A. is gearing up to release her long-awaited third album on June 29. Today, Pitchfork leaked the as-yet-untitled album’s first single, “Born Free,” which is more punk-sounding than M.I.A.’s previous efforts but we’re kinda into it.
Another thing we’re super-into is the “Paper Planes” singer’s wacko sense of style. Sorry, Lady Gaga, but M.I.A. was doing it first with the bonkers stage outfits. Take a look at our favorite over-the-top ensembles and judge for yourself!
1.) San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, 8/31/09: I wonder if M.I.A. is offering an homage to the Disney series “The Cheetah Girls” or if she’s just a fan of big cats. Either way, this sequined top is cheetalicious!
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2.) Grammy Awards red carpet, 2/9/09: THIS is how you rock maternity gear.
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3.) Coachella, 4/20/09: I don’t know what kind of cookies she’s selling, but after seeing this trippy, glow-in-the-dark Girl Scout-inspired uniform, I’d be worried about the side effects from her boxes of Thin Mints.
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+ More fun with M.I.A.’s outfits after the jump!
4.) Grammy Awards performance, 2/9/09: At this point, does the mesh really make a difference? Uh, not so much.
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5.) MTV.com Live performance, 5/26/05: Possibly the only woman who earth who can rock the Zubaz look.
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+ Watch M.I.A. go in her classic “Galang” video.