Proof the Spice Girls Will Always be Feminist Heroes

Delicia Smith
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Back in the ’90s, the Spice Girls were known for catchy song lyrics, platform wedges, Geri’s Union Jack dress and popularising ‘girl power’.

The term girl power—adopted as feminist a mantra by millions of girls and women across the world—emphasised the importance of female friendship, empowerment, assertiveness and self-confidence. All traits that we celebrate and admire here at MyDomaine Australia. So we couldn’t help but smile and feel warm inside when we watched a video from 1997 (that's just been leaked) that proves Scary, Ginger, Posh, Sporty and Baby were always fighting for women's rights, and never stopped pushing the girl power message, both on and off stage.

The behind-the-scenes clip shows the girls dressed as schoolgirls while filming a TV ad in London as they talk down two misogynistic advertising executives. Mel B, A.K.A. Scary Spice, approaches one male advertising exec and asks, “Why did you ask that? [Ask] to have a cleavage shown, and a midriff shown?”

“It’s every man’s fantasy,” he replies.

Then comes the full force of the Spice Girls. Never one to hold back, Mel retorts: “Well you can f*** off” as she walks away from the exec, only for Geri to enter the scene and say: “You’re a chauvinistic pig. That’s such an easy cop out.” 

We’ll never stop loving how the Spice Girls spoke up for the rights of women and always promoted the importance of strong and loyal friendships among females right from the start.

#GirlPower

Watch the video for yourself below, then shop How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran ($23) for a refreshing take on feminism.

 

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