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 “Who Are the Spice Girls? Girl Power: The Girls Who Changed the World”, on Arte: Five English Girls on Air -A documentary dedicated to #metoo (the “Girls Band”) may have ignited the spark of a liberation revolution long before this era.

"Who Are the Spice Girls? Girl Power: The Girls Who Changed the World", on Arte: Five English Girls on Air
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“Who Are the Spice Girls? Girl Power: The Girls Who Changed the World”, on Arte: Five English Girls on Air

Organize a casting in London to select five beautiful English young women who are unknown but are able to dance and sing on stage. Then cross your fingers in the hopes that this temporary girl band will be a hit. A well-known English manager Chris Herbert picked Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Adams in the mid-1990s.

Following? A global boom. The five ambitious, cohesive girls, determined to co-sign all of the songs proposed and not let themselves be walked off by an environment as sexist as the music industry of the time. The Spice Girls were born and, for four years, sold millions of records, filled huge halls, and briefly spread their slogan around the world as dominant (“Girl Power!”). “We created a movement inspired by 1960s feminism, but adapted to the 1990s,” says Melanie Brown.

Media storm

Yet a far cry from the feminist punk rock movement of American Riot grapple before them, the Spice Girls would both claim their feminism and play the game of capitalism by amassing a fortune thanks, among other things, to massive sales of many derivative products. From 1996 to 1998, the Spice Girls frenzy invaded everything. Which bothers a lot of people. “They even advertise crisps and sodas!” says Noel Gallagher of the group Oasis, grimacing.

A little too long, this documentary has the merit of recalling how the women’s group faced formidable tabloid press. Then, starting in 1999, and the departure of Geri Halliwell, the four Spice Girls continued to starve their careers.

When Victoria Adams (“Posh Spice”), the girlfriend of footballing icon David Beckham, reveals her pregnancy, the media is stormed. At the time, it was unimaginable that the girl in the girl band could have a baby. Pregnant Melanie Brown will have the same fate: “The media has gone so far as to blame us for the pregnancies of British teenage girls! We are not teenagers anymore. ,

From a more or less unsuccessful solo career to depression, a triumphant world tour in 2008 and 2009 on the occasion of a triumphant world tour to the five Spice Girls reunions of New Full Lives, this saga reminds us that, for an entire generation, this group will be a bright one. The spark of liberation revolution, long before the #metoo era.

And, let’s face it, this documentary may have also made it possible to swoon over wannabes like the good old days, their first ever hit, which sold 7 million copies. Tremendous efficiency of two minutes fifty two seconds.

How the Spice Girls Became a Social Phenomenon

"Who Are the Spice Girls? How the Spice Girls Became a Social Phenomenon
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This Friday, September 23, 2022, Arte will start its special Girl Power evening with the broadcast of a documentary on the Spice Girls. A true phenomenon of the 90s, the group made up of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams, and Emma Bunton was the dream of all teenage girls. Their debut single Wannabe topped the charts in over 30 countries. But what becomes of the five singers with phenomenal success?-image-

A look at the Spice Girls phenomenon amidst salvation, marketing, success, and failures…

Broadcast on 23rd September at 10:25 pm. on arte

Fun to watch Arte, a great defender of “culture” with a capital “C”, dedicate an evening to the icon of popular music, for a few years. But, as this documentary very well illustrates, the Spice Girls had gone beyond the status of artists at the top of the charts to become a phenomenon in society. The film largely dissects her – quite short – career at the top. As much as these five trendy girls have been praised, they have been accusing them of all evils. Her story of young people from a popular background, who are able to achieve thanks to music, is particularly sworn to with the enhanced marketing aspect and his many fascinating partnerships. This famous girl power movement, which started under the guise of feminism, eventually became a major marketing campaign in the service of merchandise and derivative products.

Even though no singers were interviewed for this documentary, numerous archives and interviews with very close collaborators of the time allow us to get a precise idea of ​​the birth, development, and end of this musical and social phenomenon. And if after looking behind the scenes, you want to go back to those ’90s, one of her concerts is recorded in Istanbul after the film. 

Spice Girls: What happens to the five singers in the group?

While Arte will air a documentary on the Spice Girls this Friday, September 23, 2022, what of the group’s five vocalists?

This Friday, September 23, 2022, Arte will begin her special Girl Power evening with the airing of a documentary on the Spice Girls. A true ’90s phenomenon, the group composed of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams, and Emma Bunton was all teenage girls’ dreams. Her debut single Wannabe topped the charts in over 30 countries. But what happens to five singers with phenomenal success? Let’s start with Melanie Brown. If she became famous thanks to the Spice Girls, then in 2000 the young singer released a single titled and even an album called Hot.

Unfortunately, there was no success.

The young woman then retired from the music scene by becoming a presenter and actress. She hosts a reality show called This Is My Moment. She also tries her hand at the cinema and even goes on to produce a report on Voodoo Africans called Les Monologues du Vagin.

In 2007, she participated in Dancing with the Stars and finished second in Tele-Hook. On the Dil side, she married Jimmy Gulzar in 1998, whom she gave a little girl a year later. In 2001, the couple separated. Next, she gets into a relationship with Eddie Murphy who will leave her when she is three months pregnant. 


On April 3, 2007, she gave birth to a little girl, who was named Angel. After a long legal battle, Eddie Murphy will recognize the child. Two months later, she married Stephen Belafonte and gave birth to a third child, Madison. The two separated in March 2017.

Melanie Jayne Chisholm, better known as Melanie C, stands out during a casting in 1994. Thus before starting a solo career in 1999, she joined the Spice Girls. The singer found success with her debut album, Northern Star. Between December 2007 and February 2008, the Spice Girls teamed up for a tour called The Return of the Spice Girls.

She then became a juror on several television shows such as Asia’s Got Talent, The X Factor Australia, Superstar, or The Voice Kids. Melanie C is also starting her career as a DJ. In 2019, she reunited with the Spice Girls, without Victoria Beckham, for the Spiceworld Tour. In 2021, she also participated in the Dancing with the Stars show in the United States which ended after a few weeks. On September 15, 2022, she published her autobiography, Who I Am: My Story, in which she revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault in 1997.

Victoria Beckham: Businesswoman

She is definitely the most famous Spice Girl. Victoria Beckham also begins with her participation in the Spice Girls group. Having experienced success, the young woman is not at all determined to return to the shadows. 


Thus, she started a clothing line, took up some acting, and married the super-famous footballer David Beckham. She finds that her singing career doesn’t work. Thus, she does not hesitate to appear in all the people’s magazines and also launch a brand of glasses. She, who lives with her family in the United States, gave birth to four children: Brooklyn, born March 4, 1999; Romeo, born 1 September 2002; Cruz born on 20 February 2005 and Harper Seven born on 10 July 2011.

Emma Bunton attends multiple Tele-hooks

Emma Bunton, better known as Baby Spice, grew up in casting. Actually, her mother always wanted her to become a star. At the age of 16, she takes up theater and thus will replace Michelle Stephenson in the Spice Girls. In May 1998, the group broke up and, like the other members, the young woman tried a solo career.

Emma Bunton released an album in 2001, Girl Like Me, which didn’t do very well. She meets Simon Fuller, a former Spice Girls impresario who will give her career a second wind. Her album Free Me became very popular in 2003. She participates in some television programs (Strictly Come Dancing). Personally, she has two children, Beau Lee born in 2007, and Tate with Jade Jones in 2011. She married Jade on 13 July 2021.

Geri Halliwell tried her hand at music

As for Geri Halliwell, she too has always been obsessed with music and fame. In 1994, they passed the casting to integrate the Spice Girls but the girl band had already been formed. But the young woman isn’t determined to let it go: she uses her charm, especially with too many nude photos. Bingo: Her appearance allowed her to join the Spice Girls in 1994, a group she called the Ginger Spice. In 1998, she left the group to start a solo career. But success is not there. On the personal side, Geri Halliwell has a daughter, Bluebell, born out of her love affair with Sacha Gervasi in 2006.

In November 2014, the ex-Spice Girl announced her future marriage with Christian Horner, the boss of the Formula 1 team, Red Bull, in the pages of The Times newspaper. On 15 May 2015, the couple married at a church in Bedfordshire, England. In October 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting a child. On January 21, 2017, Geri Halliwell gave birth to a baby boy named Montague George Hector.

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