Who can forget “The Spice Girls”, an English pop girl group formed in 1994?
The group originally consisted of Melanie Brown as “Scary Spice”, Melanie Chisholm also known as “Sporty Spice”, Emma Bunton as “Baby Spice”, Geri Halliwell also known as “Ginger Spice” and Victoria Beckham, née Adams as “Posh Spice”.
As iconic as the band members’ wild outfits and hairstyles were, their nicknames were even more so. The fans themselves, now in their 20s and 30s, remember things a little differently. Most fans were so young that the Spice Girls were the first band they had ever liked, and what they saw was something more transformative not only in the music industry.
On 8 July 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single, Wannabe. Within weeks it was No 1 in 31 countries, and the five had become more than pop stars – they were archetypes: Scary, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Baby.
It’s hard to imagine the 1990s now without the Spice Girls, and even harder to remember what kind of role models tweenage girls had before the band came along and mesmerised 10-year-olds the world over with their entry-level feminism, packaged under the name Girl Power.
Who can forget the “Spice Shoes”, a unique pair of shoes that every teenage girl wanted to own at the time.
Compiled By: REFILWE GAESWE