19 August 2012

Viva Forever girls!

All everyone seems to be gossiping about this week is the incredible appearance of the Spice Girls in the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony—talk about spice up the party, their performance was an absolute triumph not only for the show but for the girls themselves.

So we all remember the Spice Girls right—an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group comprised five members, who adopted nicknames: Melanie Chisholm ‘Sporty Spice’, Emma Bunton ‘Baby Spice’, Melanie Brown ‘Scary Spice’, Victoria Beckham ‘Posh Spice’, and Geri Halliwell ‘Ginger Spice’. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time.

But in 1994 the girls were all very young, the oldest just twenty and they were marketed to a young girls market with their famous girl power attitude. What we saw at the Olympics last week was something else altogether—five showgirls in their late 30’s early 40’s, mums and wives, successful business woman independently and oh so very glamorous. I can relate to them on a better level now and have become a fan all over again. They look like the kind of girls I’d love to have a few champers with.

It was these reunited Spice Girls that made the biggest splash at Sunday night’s event, which was viewed an estimated 300 million around the world and 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium. They arrived via multicolored taxis into the centre of the stadium, the floor of which was arranged to resemble the Union Jack and performed a medley of their megahits Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life as they stood atop their taxis and circled the stadium, dazzling the same fans who helped make them one of the most popular worldwide acts back in the late 1990s.