1 The Spice Girls were originally called ‘Touch’.
They changed the name in September 1995 after switching management.
2 The group was originally created to ‘compete with boy bands’.
They were managed by Bob and Chris Herbert of Heart Management.
3 The first auditions took place in 1994.
The girls chose the following songs to sing:
Melanie Chisholm sang ‘I’m So Excited’ by the Pointer Sisters
Melanie Brown sang ‘The Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston
Victoria Adams sang ‘Mein Herr’ from Cabaret
Michelle Stephenson sang ‘Don’t Be a Stranger’ by Dina Carroll
4 If you’re wondering why Emma Bunton is missing from the line-up…
… it’s because she wasn’t a part of the original group. 😮
5 Bunton took Stephenson’s place in 1994.
After Stephenson left to take care of her sick mother.
6 Geri Halliwell also missed the first auditions.
Because she was visiting her grandmother in Spain.
7 Victoria Beckham wasn’t one of the original Spice Girls either.
Posh Spice took the place of Melanie Laccohee when the group was still called ‘Touch’.
8 The Spice Girls have an aeroplane named after them.
They named it ‘Spice One’ in 2007.
9 They released a movie.
Spice World premiered in 1997.
10 The movie came back to select theaters this September…
… to celebrate its 20th (!) anniversary.
11 ‘Wannabe’ was written in 10 minutes.
Mel B revealed,’We were listening to an old Shaggy reggae song and we were like, “Oh my God, we have to do something annoying like that song.”‘
12 The video was filmed in one shot.
Just one question: how?
13 They asked former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to be in the ‘Wannabe’ music video.
But he reportedly refused.
14 Victoria was the only one who didn’t have her own line in the hit song.
15 People across the world are still inspired by the song.
In 2016, women in India recreated a video shoot inspired by ‘Wannabe’ for the Global Girls campaign, which is part of a broader initiative to highlight the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
16 They would often turn Beckham’s mic off while she performed.
Beckham revealed in a 2016 interview, ‘They used to turn [my mic] off and just let the others sing. Luckily because I used to wear heels, I just used to jig about a bit and I got away with it, but it never came easily. I was always much more reserved than the other girls.’
17 Halliwell performed ‘Wannabe’ at her own (!) wedding.
We need the video ASAP, Geri.
18 Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998.
Her verses were then performed by Victoria Beckham during live performances of ‘Wannabe’.
19 Geri’s iconic Union Jack dress sold for a ton of money.
41 300 euros, to be exact. She wore it to perform at the 1997 Brit Awards. 🇬🇧
20 Halliwell recently apologised for leaving the group.
19 years later.
21 They actually didn’t make up their nicknames themselves.
The British magazine Top of the Pops gave them to them. In case you forgot (from left to right): Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice (below left), Scary Spice (below middle) and Posh Spice.
22 At one point they decided to run the group themselves…
After their performance at the 1997 MTV Europe Music Awards.
23 …so they fired their manager Simon Fuller.
He signed them in 1995 and was widely recognised as the driving force behind their success.
24 The Spice Girls met Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela … at the same time.
And Mel C wore a DKNY cut-off tank top to the occasion.
25 Oh, and she also wore sneakers.
Just take a moment to observe VB’s bra too.
26 Despite the fashion choices, Mandela loved meeting the girls.
He called the Spice Girls his ‘heroes’.
27 He also said meeting them was ‘one of the greatest moments of his life’.
And of the Spice Girls proceeded to yell, “Wicked!”
28 The Spice Girls also met Prince Charles on multiple occasions…
29 …and he clearly loved every minute of it.
30 They also met Prince Harry in 1997 when he was 13 (!) years old.
31 Oh, and the Queen too.
A royal flush, then.
32 They were activists.
33 Victoria met David during her Spice Girls prime.
And Beckham had no clue who she was.
34 They become the most ‘recognisable faces’ of the ‘Cool Brittania’ era…
…According to Time. This period is otherwise known as an era of increased pride for the United Kingdom throughout the 1990s.
35 They’re responsible for bringing the ‘buffalo platform shoes’ to life.
Making a true statement.
36 Mel B and Victoria found out they were both pregnant at the same time.
On the final leg of their American tour.
37 They had toy dolls modelled after them.
And they made over $11 million in sales.
38 Victoria and Emma are godmothers to Geri’s daughter.
Her name is Bluebell Madonna Halliwell and she’s 11 years old.
39 Halliwell made a cameo on ’Sex and the City’.
40 Mel B wanted to change her name…
…to Mel G after she married her husband,, in 1998. (Good thing she didn’t because they divorced.)
41 The Spice Girls performed at the 2012 Olympics.
This was the last time they performed ‘Wannabe’ together.
42 It was also one of Emma Bunton’s favorite memories.
‘It felt really special representing our country,’ she told US Weekly.
43 Bunton kept all of her Spice Girls dresses.
And the shoes. Iconic.
44 They never won a Grammy.
They did win five, three , three , one and three .
45 Despite how close they were, there was often a lot of fighting going on.
In a 2014 interview Mel B admits, ‘We fought like cats and dogs.’
46 And Mel C says she was bullied.
She told Attitude,‘I’m not going to name names. But yes. It’s been addressed. They were aware of what they’d done. They apologised… Now I’m older, I’m a lot more confident and I will not be shat upon.’ 👏
47 The Spice Girls reunited altogether at the 2007 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Nine years after Geri left.