Girl power! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Mel B (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm(Sporty Spice) Emma Bunton(Baby Spice) founded the Spice Girls in 1994. They went on to be one of the most loved music groups of all times.
The band was originally called Touch, but they later changed their name to Spice after cowriting a song titled “Sugar and Spice.” However, they once again altered the name to the one that eventually stuck, Spice Girls, after discovering that another artist already used the moniker Spice.
The British girl group released their debut single, “Wannabe,” in July 1996. Their popularity soared and their first album was released. SpiceThe following year, November saw the release of the album. The Spice Girls — who adopted their nicknames from Top of the Pops magazine — went on to drop a slew of hits, including “Spice Up Your Life,” “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Stop.”
Halliwell made public her intention to leave the group in May 1998. The Spice Girls went on a hiatus in December 2000 as the members pursued solo careers and enjoyed successful personal lives.
Seven years later, all five females revealed their plans for a worldwide reunion. They reunited again in August 2012 for a performance of their greatest hits during the closing ceremony of London’s 2012 Summer Olympics.
Beckham, on the other hand, distanced herself from her bandmates in November 2018, when Halliwell and Mel B, Chisholm, Bunton shared plans to tour again, without the fashion designer.
“Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012!” Beckham wrote via Instagram at the time. “I won’t be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. They will put on an incredible show, and their fans, past and present, will have a great time. X vb #spicegirls.”
Despite their professional split, the women remain close friends. The coronavirus pandemic brought the five ladies together in 2020.
“Now you may think we propped up a bar somewhere or had drinks in the garden but no!” Bunton explained during a July 2020 episode of her U.K. radio show. “We went on a social-distancing walk in the woods. … This time last year, we were performing at Wembley all glammed up. This year, we were wearing wellies and walking in the rain. Something you don’t see every day — five Spice Girls in their wellies!”
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