Here’s the Story From A to Z: Inside the World of Spice Girls

The Spice Girls ruled the lives of most tween girls in the late ’90s. There’s a real reason the band is the highest-selling girl group of all time. Though it’s been over 20 years since we first got a taste of all five Spices — Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh and Ginger — the group is itching for a revival. Despite a failed attempt to rebrand themselves as a group called “GEM” and some tour dates sans Victoria Beckham, the girls are just as popular as ever. Now, fire up some “Wannabe” karaoke, put on your favorite pleather pants, and read these facts about the best British girl group of all time. Where’s our Spice World VHS?

The Spice Girls Didn’t Pick Their Own Names

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Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Posh so absolutely embodied each Spice Girl, it’s hard to imagine that they didn’t actually choose their own names. So how did one of the most iconic girl groups in the world get their famous nicknames?

As it turns out, Top of the Pops magazine came up with names for each of the girls in 1996, and it just sort of worked. Before that, the five women went by their regular names: Mel B, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Geri Halliwell. The Spice Girls had no spices, which definitely means they lacked a little flavor. Today, Rolling Stone reporter David Sinclair believes they’re the most widely recognized group of people since the Beatles.