That’s the one I wanted to be. We all had one.
And don’t worry — I won’t make you admit it. But I know you wanted to be one. Were you Sporty, Posh, Scary, Ginger or Baby?
The Spice Girls garishly represented every kind of woman a ‘90s girl wanted to be: the tomboy, the snob, the sweet one, the sexy one and the crazy one. We latched on to our favorite, wore her clothes at Halloween and sang only her parts of their songs.
Never one to dabble lightly in an obsession, I even remember doodling the British bombshells in my sketchbook during class… and adding one extra member.
It was me. Yes, I drew myself into the Spice Girls.
I called myself Mini Spice — because I was younger than the rest of them. I think that’s pretty clever for a 12-year-old, but I’ll let you form your own opinions.
Make Your ‘90s Childhood Dream Come True
Ridiculous as my adolescent daydream sounds, I was apparently not very far off (told you, Mom!). The Spice Girls may be recruiting.
“Twenty years after they first conquered the charts, the Spice Girls are recruiting new (members) – using a BBC talent show,” the Daily Mail reports.
Two saucy, cheeky fans could have the chance to flaunt their Girl Power on stage next to Baby, Ginger and Scary next July to mark the 21st anniversary of “Wannabe,” the group’s first number-one single.
If you need a refresher, that’s Emma Bunton, Geri Horner (formerly Halliwell) and Mel B, respectively. The trio have recently reformed the group as GEM — without Victoria “Posh” Beckham or Melanie “Sporty” Chisholm, who are occupied with other careers.
The British tabloid reported last week that the three remaining members have approached BBC about a talent show, and they would be judges.
BBC has declined to confirm the rumor, but the entertainment world (and fans!) are all abuzz about the possibility after Mel B teased a reunion recently on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”
The hunt would “involve auditions and heats over five consecutive nights next April, culminating in a live final on BBC1,” according to The Daily Mail.
We’ll keep an eye on the development to let you know just how you can get on that stage next year.
Meanwhile, you focus on the important stuff: Will you look better in a tracksuit, pigtails, a little black dress, leopard print or a cropped Union Jack?
Your Turn: Would you audition to be an honorary Spice Girl?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).