I love the Spice Girls, the British pop girl group made up of five women: Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger). And, I'm proud to say that was the case well before their 2007-2008 reunion tour.
I have all of their albums - and most of the ones each individual Spice Girl released (even the one from Posh Spice!). I attended a concert during the Chicago leg of their reunion tour (The Return of the Spice Girls) - when I was pregnant with my second child. I have seen Spice World more times than I can remember. And, I went out of my way to see a Spice Girls site or two during a recent trip to London. (Too bad I missed the close of Viva Forever by just a few weeks...) But, my love of the Spice Girls goes beyond the music, the movie and the fame. It's extends to the five women behind each of "girls." To me, they are proud, unique, savvy, entrepreneurial women, who gave it their all to become the stars they still are today.
Here are the top five reasons I'm proud to be a Spice Girls fan and admirer:
1) They show that the power of the group comes from the strength of each individual. I think it's safe to say that the Spice Girls would most likely not have reached the same level of fame on their own. It is the strength and diversity of each individual that makes for a dynamic, captivating whole. And, I have to say that it's so much more interesting and fun to see how each of their unique styles, personalities and strengths come together. There's no way they would have been as appealing to me if each of them was the same. I toast their diversity and the individual contributions each one made to the group.
2) They know and accept their strengths and weaknesses. It's easy to see that each Spice Girl excels in different ways. While Victoria (Posh Spice) may not stand out from a vocal perspective, she brings star power - something that caught the eye of her superstar footballer husband, too. And, Mel C. has a solid, strong voice, but seems to lack some of that certain je ne sais quoi necessary to propel her to the top of the charts as a single artist. But, I always admired that they seem to recognize and accept their weakness and play up their individual strengths. To me, that shows maturity and confidence, and I admire them for it.
3) They can have fun with themselves, their talents and their fame. The Spice Girls never took themselves too seriously - which is evident by their music videos, their personal style, their "cheeky" banter, and their namesake movie. I think it's great that they just embraced themselves, their group and their blossoming fame, and had fun with it. Love them or hate them, you have to respect that they were proud to be themselves - even within the confines of the group.
4) They're all mothers who remain deeply committed to their families. Today, nearly 20 years after the group was formed, each Spice Girl is a mom. Together, they have 11 children. They recorded the song "Mama" in 1997. At the time, it was about their own mothers and the impact they had on their lives. But, when they performed the song during their 2007-2008 reunion tour, the song took on a new meaning when the images behind them showed four of the five Spice Girls with her own children (Mel C.'s daughter was born in 2009). It was enough to make any mom or daughter tear up.
5) They made the notion of "girl power" a lasting anthem for women everywhere. It seems like the Spice Girls legacy will always be closely tied to "girl power." And, that's a good thing. Each of the Spice Girls are strong women who excelled in amazing ways - and still do so today. They should be an inspiration to all girls - and what each of us can achieve on our own and with our friends and family around us.
Today, Mel B. is one of the newest judges on this season's America's Got Talent (and a favorite of both of my sons who watch the show each week without fail and now routinely say "it's off the chain!") and has co-hosted segments of the Today show. Victoria continues to build her burgeoning fashion empire, which according to a recent issue of HELLO! magazine, could include a line of shoes and a London-based retail boutique. Mel C. just released a new single, "Loving You," with Matt Cardle - and performed a show in London, which I missed by just two days! Emma hosts a weekly radio show in London. Geri Halliwell is hosting Australia's Got Talent and, according HELLO!, is rumored to be working on a pilot for a comedy series called Geri: Life Sucks, which "pokes fun at herself and her fame." This is all more than 17 years after they hit it big with their first smash single - "Wannabe."
Like all remarkable women, the Spice Girls know how to continue to evolve and better themselves - and their brands. That is what will continue to keep them relevant and adored for many years to come. At least for me - this one proud Spice Girls fan.
Are you a Spice Girls fan, too? If so, what do you like best about them? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.