If you grew up in the 90s, you were probably a huge fan of the Spice Girls. This world-famous British pop group to the world by storm when they released the song Wannabe from their debut album. These stunning 5 gals dominated the charts with their attractive dance songs as well as empowering feminist with a clear message that “girls rule”. Many have even suggested that the Spice Girls changed the mindset of our current generation, and with their incredible success who can even dispute this? With that being said there is so much to know about this huge, moneymaking all-female pop group, so take a look at these interesting facts you probably didn’t know.
They Weren’t Always Called The Spice Girls
This popular English, pop group was formed in 1994, however, when the gals first got together they were not called Spice Girls. Instead, they were called Touch, but due to the change in management the group’s name was changed. Apparently, their new name was chosen from a song that was written for them called “Sugar and Spice.”
Godparents To Geri’s Daughter
In May 2006, Geri Halliwell gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Bluebell Madonna. When Ginger Spice’s baby was 11 months old, she held a star-studded christening event for little Bluebell. Geri had asked her old Spice Girl pals, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton to be her baby’s godparents. Of course, they were both excited as it was a huge honor.
The Girls’ Didn’t Pick Their Own Nicknames
Most people around the world know these famous girls by their nicknames and not by their actual names. But how exactly did each of them end up with the name they did? According to Mel B, “it was actually a journalist from Top of the Pops magazine to thank for coming up with our nicknames”. Apparently, the journalist couldn’t remember all the girl’s names for a feature story so she gave them a title according to their personality. Victoria became Posh Spice, Melanie Brown was nicknamed Scary Spice, Melanie. C was called Sporty Spice, Emma Bunton became Baby Spice and Geri Halliwell instantly was called Ginger Spice…and the rest is history.
Gifts & Merchandise
During 1997, the Spice Girls were involved in a huge merchandising phenomenon which untimely lead them to become the most merchandised group in music history with an estimated earning of over £300 million from their merchandising and endorsement deals – just in that year alone. It seemed as though people could not get enough of Spice Girls products, and everything imaginable was available. Some of their popular products included clothing, stationary, dolls, candy, and of course the Impulse deodorant.
Geri’s Union Jack Dress
Ginger Spice’s famous Union Jack dress that she wore at the 1997 BRIT Awards sold for an impressive $68,000 at a Hard Rock Cafe auction. Believe it or not but the dress was the most expensive piece of pop star clothing to ever be sold. The dress made many headlines all around the world and has become synonymous with the Spice Girls, but more specifically with Geri Halliwell. For the Spice World – 2019 Tour, Ginger Spice wore a redesigned floor-length Union Jack dress along with a crown. If you want one as well, you too can buy a replica on Amazon.