Why is the world going crazy for the Spice Girls?
Don’t worry this isn’t a negative post – I was front and centre at the show a few weeks ago in Sunderland, singing along at the top of my voice!
It’s amazing to me that a girl group who last toured back in 2007 still holds such a dear place in the hearts of us 30 somethings that grew up with their music.
The Spice Girls were built around Girl Power and friendship, two decades on from their debut in 1996 and its still the core of their performances.
Theres been much debate over whether Posh was a spoil sport not joining them on this tour, and as much as I missed her ( yes I am a massive VB fan) I understand her reasons. However it certainly doesn’t spoil the show and I loved seeing all the old footage of SpiceWorld and photos from the height of their fame with Victoria still featured.
Geri was so emotional at the Wembley show given that last time the girls were there she missed it due to having left mid way through their world tour. Even resulting in an apology for leaving the first time around. It really highlighted that friendships, especially ones that have been as long as theirs, have ups and downs but a simple apology is sometimes all you need to weather the storm.
I was about 13 when the Spice Girls burst into the music scene, and I think they were probably one of the first experiences I had of feminism.
I know there will be many people who don’t view the Spice Girls as feminist and to that I say there’s no one way to be a feminist.
The Spice Girls pioneered a movement in the Nineties which reintroduced and created a modern form of feminism. One which emphasised that being a feminist was to be worn as a badge of honour.
The Spice Girls represent to me a time when you were proud to stand up and be a girl, unafraid to be yourself. In those five characters they created we all saw ourselves and were one or a mix of a few, you didn’t need to be perfect you just needed to be you. Bringing a generation of girls (me included) into their world and believing we could achieve anything we wanted to put our minds to.
They spread the word that women are strong and confident; that women are stronger together and friendship and love are key to your life, something we should all hold dear .
So there will always be comments like, they can’t sing, they’re too brash, loud, annoying but for me the Spice girls will always be my first real experience of feminism.
Something I think in the modern world we forget, real women fix each other’s crowns.
And friendship really can last forever ♾
A few of my favourite pictures from the Sunderland concert!