Spice Girls on the Red Carpet

Posted on June 27, 2012

Brace yourselves, world.


Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls attend a press launch of new Spice Girls musical ‘I’ll Tell You What I Want What I Really Really Want…’ in London.

Melanie Brown (in Lanvin and Christian Louboutin shoes), Melanie Chisholm (in Acne and Jimmy Choo shoes), and Geri Halliwell (in one of her designs)

Geri Halliwell, Emma Button (in a vintage dress and Brian Atwood heels), and Victoria Beckham (in her own design and Tom Ford boots)

It is absolutely HILARIOUS that every shot can be summed up thusly:

*SMILE!* *SMILE!* *SMILE!* *SMILE!* *pout.*

The other thing, which is only hilarious if it didn’t happen to you, was when Tom said in annoyance, “I have no frikkin’ idea what their old spice names were — SCARY, SPORTY, GINGER, BABY, POSH – Oh fuck. Thanks a lot, brain.”

They look … good? They don’t look bad, exactly. But aside from Vicki, none of them really turned it out, did they? Scary’s dress is fine, but it’s too tight on her and a little serious-looking. Sporty’s is kind of okay. Nothing to write home about and it’s a little shapeless on her. Ginger looks like … well, Ginger, basically. It’s a cute dress. Baby looks like she’s heading off to the office, but we can’t complain because she seems to be the only one who remembered to sport THE Spice Girls iconic item: the hideous bigass platform shoe. Granted, these are positively tiny compared to the shit they were wearing in the ’90s, but at least it makes us think “Ah, there’s a Spice Girl.”

Vicki, is, as she always has been, off in a fashion world of her own. In fact, we’re pretty sure she’s appearing via satellite or something. Or she’s been Photoshopped into the pictures. EXACT same pose and facial expression in each one, bless her bitchy little “What the fuck am I doing here?” heart.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    Oh man. I had so many pairs of those platform shoes. Perils of being a pre-teen in the 90s.


    • I STILL HAVE MINE! It’s was awesome to be 9 when the Spice Girls were a thing. I had their first album on cassette tape!

      • Me too! AND the first Backstreet Boys one… and maybe a Hanson CD… and a Devon Sawa poster. Now I’m all mushy inside and I can’t judge outfits objectively! 

        Maybe I’ll just state that sporty looks a bit like she borrowed an outfit from Alanis Morrisette.

        •  I still love Hanson. They are pretty damn fantastic.

          • Diehard Hanson fan here. Always loathed the Spice Girls, never was a fan of the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC, but for Hanson my love will never die.

        • Devon Sawa was the quintessential 90s boy omg.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         It was the first CD I ever bought myself. “Spice Up Your Life” was the song I danced to at my 8th grade recital. Ah, memories. When I was in art school we were known to bump some Spice Girls late at night in the lab.

        • fursa_saida

          I think I may recall a figure skating routine set to “If You Wanna Be My Lover.” As in, I recall performing it.

          Oh, jesus.

  • i am SO VERY AFRAID now,……

  • Jill_3

    SPICE UP YOUR LIFFFFFE. I just got nostalgic for my childhood. Bless you, T Lo, and especially Posh. Just for being perrenially posh.


    Seriously, I’m pretty sure every girl I know is thrilled about this. Ah, the late-90s adolescence. Also, Spice World is a freaking hilarious movie and I won’t hear different.

    • l v

      SpiceWorld is basically AMAZEBALLS. I can watch it over and over again and laugh at all the same parts. I love that they never really seemed to take themselves too seriously. Plus my Spice-Girls-Era BFFs and I saw their reunion tour in New York a few years ago… Such a great show!

      • Everyone in that movie (including the Spice Girls themselves, and all the highly respected actors who drop in for cameos) KNOWS that it’s ridiculous, so they’re all just having a ton of fun. Which makes for an awesome thing to watch.

    • Rokesmiths

      Best part is when they dress up like each other. Just thinking of it makes me laugh. “Blah, blah, blah, girl power.” Killer!

  • Is Ginger wearing Duchess Cathy’s Jimmy Choos? 

    • PastryGoddess

      Oooh she is!  Bitch Fight!

    • Aurumgirl

       Maybe, but you know what’s really interesting?  Look how Sporty Spice is the spitting image of Cathy Cambridge.  If her dress had long sleeves and she were wearing beige plastic pumps, they’d be twins. 

  • Spice Girls’ super fan here, the musical is actually named “Viva Forever”

    sorry, I don’t like correcting people but this just triggered my OCD which I keep carefully at bay

  • Oh Lord! All I can do is laugh…

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    As far as reunions go, they all look pretty freaking amazing!!  No one got fat??  No one got too much work done?   Good job Girls!!

    Set your spirit free, it’s the only way to be-eeeeee!

    • meowing

      I dunno, Vickie looks like she might not even have a spirit, much less know how to set it free.  What a sad looking speciment.

      • She hasn’t eaten since Spice World. You’d be pissed, too.

      • Hermione_Granger

        Maybe she already set it free.

    • Scary got fat but lost it – thanks to a certain weight loss brand she does countless TV ads for down here in Oz.

  • Judge me…I’m stoked.

  • tresfabuleux

    In seventh grade, the one and only time I ever had a girlfriend, I wrote her a note that was peppered with Spice Girls song titles. Yikes. If that wasn’t code for “I’m a homo” then I don’t know what is.

    But on the topic of the girls–I am just excited to see them all back together. They look good, but as you stated, not necessarily stunning. I want to see them in concert again now though.

  • Introspective

    I must say time’s been pretty good to them. Scary looks especially fantastic. But Posh needs to lose those ratty extensions though.

  •  Vicky is just a little black rain cloud of pout, isn’t she?

    • She looks like an Olsen twin here.

      • eight_of_nine

        Was about to say the same thing!

  • Lilithcat

    Vicki is all “how did I get stuck in a room with these has-beens?”

    “They look … good? They don’t look bad, exactly. “

    Actually, they all look better than Vicki.  Healthier, anyway.

  • I saw these pictures yesterday, and MAN! I love the face Vicki is giving. Cracks my shit up.

  • antheapena

    don’t you think thats more of a smirk than a pout on VB’s face? Thought bubble ” raking in the dough, raking in the dough, don’t have to sing, don’t have to sing”

  • M_E_S

    My 10 year old self is FREAKING OUT about this.

    Which Spice Girl did y’all want to be?  I was always Ginger Spice (which is why I still have a Ginger Spice barbie in plastic sitting on top of a shelf somewhere gaining no value).

    • Annie Leung

       I am so stoked about this it’s ridiculous! I always wanted to be Sporty. I remember drawing in the Chinese symbols for girl power on my arm and begging my Mom to buy me multiple pairs of Addidas pants and platform sneakers.

      • I’m pretty sure Sporty is single-handedly responsible for that weird little trend of plastic “tattoo” armbands that I wanted SO BADLY but never had.

        • Sobaika

          Those were so fug but I rocked them like I was wearing Gucci.

        • M_E_S

           Oh my god, I totally had one of those.  Except I could only wear it for 10 minutes at a time because it itched like no other.

        • Annie Leung

           I had one too! I actually found it the last time I went to my parents’ home and was saddened when I couldn’t get it back on my arm.

        • JasmineAM

          I had the Sporty Barbie doll. Came with a gold tooth and “tattoo” and everything LOL! I still have it somewhere in a garbage bag in the garage.

        • charlotte

           Not only armbands, also chokers. Those were the days!

    • MK03


      • MemHey

        sounds like a question for philosoraptor… “if ginger spice is blonde, is she still ginger?”

  • snarkykitten

    I can hear my grandmother’s voice…”keep making that face and it’ll stick that way!”

  • Little_Olive

    They look basically good, but more for a conference on “what it was like and where are they now” than “we’re back!”

    The placement of the boobage on Ginger is seriously weird. How can the peek out from the top and finish low at the same time?

    • StelledelMare

      Well it was sort of a press conference. they’re not really “back” so to speak as they created the musical but won’t be starring in it. But for this event I think they all did well

  • Vicki is only piiisssssed that she is the only one wearing ‘Victoria Beckham’.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Geez, Vickie, what a killjoy.

  • Jennifer Hofstetter


  • theblondette

    Born in the early 80s, I was a pretentious young adolescent who sneered at the Spice Girls, but luckily now I am way more laid back and can appreciate them. I was just thinking of how  much more realistic they were as role models in terms of body type than most girl bands today. Look at this picture: http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Spice-Girls-spice-girls-231521_1024_768.jpg I remember Geri used to get stick about being “fat”, which she isn’t, but she had real curves! They look like normal young women, more or less – their make up and clothes were exaggerated, but they weren’t airbrushed to death. I like that about them. 

  • StelledelMare

    They took all my parents’ money in the 90s and now they can take my money when I somehow get enough to go see this. All my love, always for them

  • Lina_bee

    Vicki: Are we done? I’ve got to get to work.
    Ginger: This IS work!
    Vicki: Riiiight… *sigh* You know I have a fabric meeting in less than an hour. You promised this would only take five minutes.
    Ginger: Stick in the mud.
    Baby: Be nice.
    Both Mels: I came back for THIS?
    Photog: SMILE!

  • VeryClaire

    Posh looks haggard. I don’t care how expensive that outfit is, she looks like she just pulled an all-nighter and slept in the limo on the way to the photo op. The rest of them look put together, groomed, healthy & happy.

  • Jessi03

    I grinned so big when I saw Baby’s shoes.  At least SOMEONE remembered to wear them!  Also, I think Ginger’s dress is pretty darn cute.  I am so excited for their return!

  • vanjar

    Victoria takes horrible photo’s, but when you see interviews with her she shows a lot of humour and she has a twinkle in her eye. I think she’s a total sweetheart.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       When they did those reality specials on her and Becks moving to L.A. I found her to be quite fun and rather hilarious. I’d hang out with her.

    • I agree.  I used to hate her, but the more I’ve read about her the more I love her.  And I think she’s one of few celebrities to have turned out to be a really talented designer.  She’s like Michael Kors–not terribly innovative, but damn, they make pretty clothes.

  • MsKitty

    Damn Posh, would it kill you to crack a smile at least once every decade?

  • Ozski

    I’m a little too old to get excited about a Spice Girls reunion, but I remember them being campy fun in the 90’s and Spice World was a cute flick…anyways, VICKY NEVER SMILES IN ANY PHOTO. Have you ever seen her teeth? I know she has more money than God to get them fixed but I recall seeing her on a talk show a few months back and she flashed her choppers for a second and I honestly think she is self-conscious of her teeth. Could that be?

    • I think you might be right. Or her smile, at least. There’s one scene in Spice World where she giggles, and I swear it’s the most adorable thing and she looks so pretty, but she almost immediately covers her mouth with her hand and turns her face away. There’s clearly something going on there.

    • amywinns

      It’s true. She hates her smile; you’ll only see it in candids and quite briefly. It’s not that she is dour, joyless and humorless as a person– just as a photo subject. It is the true proof of her vanity that she would rather come off that way than somehow imperfect or godforbid ordinary.

    • hac51

      I recall seeing some kind of Behind the Music-type thing on her and they were talking about how when she was a kid, she was given a hard time about her teeth and her weight.  Flashforward to today, and she doesn’t smile or eat. 

      • Ozski

         It’s REALLY hard to feel sorry for her though, isn’t it?

        • hac51

           I admit, I did feel sorry for her when I saw that pic of her birthday fruit plate she Tweeted recently. 

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         The same reason I don’t smile in photos or look people in the eye, despite my friends generally agreeing that I am both funny and honest. Hard to change that thought process.

  • Judy_J

    Maybe it’s the hologram Posh appearing with the other Girls.  She sure doesn’t look happy to be there, does she?

  • afabulous50

    I think Victoria has it in her contract that she is not allowed to smile….ever.

  • 4 Women and a corpse bride.

  • amywinns

    Oh I think you’re being hard on them, TLo! I think they all look very cute and event-appropriate: It’s a press launch, not a party or premiere. I like that they are all beautifully turned out, age-appropriate and fresh-faced. They are not conforming to their old “types”, not coated in pounds of makeup, and not embarrassingly trendy. Best of all, permitted to be different heights!!! The mega-platforms you reference were mostly worn by Emma (Baby) and Geri (Sexy/Ginger) because they are shorter, so that when the group posed, their faces all lined up. Emma might just be wearing those shoes because she likes them, or as a wink, or to contrast with the conservative dress.
    It’s great to see Melanie C (Sporty) in something feminine and flattering. She used to always wear pants because she was self-conscious about her legs, especially compared to the other girls… it’s one of the reasons her “type” became “athletic.”
    Also, Victoria is a sour-faced spoilsport. She looks stupid, bored and funereal.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Baby Spice doesn’t look like a baby anymore…she kind of looks like Botox Spice.

    SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! Oh man, the 90s are coming back with a vengeance!

    • Logo Girl

      You made my day.


      • Jessica O’Connell

         Lol YAY I’m glad :-).

  • Posh needs that skeletal face slapped hard…looking at you Ginger.  Bitchface yelled at me when I was on the way to funeral once at LAX.  My mentally handicapped brother had died and it was Christmas. She and her HUGE entourage and hot hubby skipped the huge line at security and I looked at her and smiled ( a bit of happy on a sad occasion) and bitch yelled at me not to take her picture…um, I wasn’t, whore. HATE HER SO MUCH. I’ve told that story here before and I will tell it until the world hates her as much as I do.  That said, I cannot wait for this musical and think they all look great.

    • AthenaJ

      I am totally feeling for you, Jason – my little brother is mentally disabled and if anything happened to him it would devastate me. Didn’t realize (but not too suprised) that Vicky Beckham is such a biatch, but I’d give her a slap from you for sure!

  • JennaMarieS

    Vicki why do you look like you hate them all? I’m sure you look just as pretty when you smile. *sigh*

  • Hello childhood! 

  • beckham needs to get her hair cut.
    the pissed off pout really doesn’t go with long, bedgraggled stringy hair.
    she NEEDS a pointy hair cut.
    or she needs to fucking smile.  gah.

    i think the rest of the girls look lovely!

  • SpcilK

    All Hail Queen Victoria! I would see this musical, sounds zany.

  • golspie

    It’s Mel C, who wins, I think. She’s the only one who’s kept her bod but hasn’t had hatchet-job plastic surgery. Incidentally, she’s the only one who can sing too.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Of all the post-Spice Girls solo tunes, hers are definitely my favorites. Of course, she was always my favorite.

  • golspie

    When they’re all looking left, she looks right. When they look forward, she looks left. When they look right, she looks left. Victoria is deliberately stealing these shots because she’s bigger than they are.

  • Jecca2244

    how did they convince Vicki to do this? thats what i want to know. she certainly doesn’t need the money.

    • Snailstsichr

       I’m thinking contractual obligation and she is really pissed at her attorney.

  • kimmeister

    Ew, there’s a brand name called Acne?

  • SophieCollier

    Notice how the other four kind of group together and Baby would rather put BOTH HANDS on Ginger rather than include Posh?  The Clique.

  • Posh didn’t get the memo that it’s summer.

    • Open-toed boots are particularly fetching in June, too.

  • PinkLemon


  • Alisa Rivera

    I think they look incredible. Think about what aging pop stars usually look like and then look at these pics. They look healthy, glowy, happy, and not desperate, haggard or victims of plastic surgery. Well, there’s Posh but she has her schtick and she works it to the bone, so can’t really fault her for that.

  • It must be hard to have Posh as a reunion-mate.  They totally look like Victoria Beckham and the riff-raff she used to hang out with.

  • lill5

    It’s like four fresh, shiny cheerleaders and then the emo kid who just cut herself in the bathroom. 

  • I freaking love these chicks. And they are old so what did you expect? for them to be dressed like Lady gaga. They are thin, great faces & hair! They look way better than any young act out now. 

  • lol complaining about victoria not smiling is the most useless argument. Its not like she smiled in pictures back in the 90’s either.
    She was and is posh spice and thus is to classy to show such emotion! lolol

  • marilyn

    They look like a group of middle-aged well-dressed sorority sisters at a class reunion.  Not exactly hot anymore (which is just as well, considering their ages).

  • The fact that there’s going to be a SPICE GIRLS MUSICAL is hysterical enough, let’s not even think about what they’re wearing. Five poor struggling actresses are going to have to play these bitches eight shows a week, and it will be on their resumes forever.

  • MoHub

    Ginger ain’t ginger no more!

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      The drapes, maybe.

      • MoHub

         Oh, I doubt the carpet ever matched the drapes.

  • Synnamin

    NPR did a bit on the musical this morning. I now have that damn song stuck in my head. I feel like I’ve been Spice-rolled. Thanks a lot, NPR

  • fringebenefit

    I always wonder whether Victoria Beckham is as unpleasant a person as she looks to be in photographs. The girl is always wearing that spoiled brat scowl.

    • Corsetmaker

      Supposedly not. She just doesn’t like her smile. Emma Bunton on the other hand I’ve read bad reports on. But who knows.

  • Are you sure that’s Posh and not a long lost Olsen sister?

    • AthenaJ

      Gah! I noticed that too! Since when has Vicky Beckham been an Olsen twin??

  • MilaXX

    Eh I like them and I say this as someone who actually paid to see their movie in the theater. My only quibbles are I wish Gerri like Emma Stone still dyed her hair red and Mel C’s awful dress.

  • allisankelly

     “I have no frikkin’ idea what their old spice names were — SCARY, SPORTY, GINGER, BABY, POSH – Oh fuck. Thanks a lot, brain.”
    Isn’t amazing how much GARBAGE recall one person can have? 

    They look pretty good…but I cannot deal with open toe knee length boots. In June. But they’re in London, and I admittedly have no idea what the weather is like there in June.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      “They look pretty good”

      You are looking at the After pictures of at least 3 crash diets there.

      As far as the boots, if you have no idea what the weather is in London, you have no right dissing the style there (off the hook and pre-trend). Not being rude, just sayin’.

  • AHHH! The Spice Girls! I loooooooved them when I was … oh my gosh, I was 11. Tee hee, T Lo, you just turned me into a giggling preteen again!

  • Knightley

    LOLOL!  Funniest part is where I was actually trying to remember their names, and did the exact same thing.  Can I name the seven dwarves?  No.  Spice Girls?  Fuck yes.

  • TomBord

    Role play; Posh is the new Scary Spice. 

  • mozzer0906

    I just laughed that Vicki has that “why am I here” look on her face in every photo.  The others are all arms around each other in glee, Vicki is like “get the fuck away from me”.

  • MK03

    I’ll never forget the day I was watching MTV and they played “Two Become One” and I realized that song was about sex. I was shocked yet titillated. My 12-year-old self could not believe they were singing about sex. ON TELEVISION!!

    • Kristin McNamara

      OMG I had that moment with that song too!!!! And I was probably around 12 as well. Oh, my poor virgin little ears!

    • reebism

      I had that moment this past weekend, at my best friend’s wedding. I had *never* put it together before.

    • eight_of_nine

      Yeeeaaahhh, I didn’t actually get that until I heard the song again in college.  I was like HOHSHIT.

  • But I want the answer to the question?:Wwat the f#$% is Vicky B. doing there? Is she contractually obligated? Being blackmailed?

  • Lisa Dugan

    The clothing isn’t anything spectacular but they look pretty darn fabulous!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I hate victoria beckham and she’s never even done anything to me.  she just looks like a royally bored bitch.

  • Lisa Salmon

    is there really a line called “Acne”?

  • Saucysusan

    I have nothing against VB but she looks like she needs the stick surgically removed from her bum & her hip fixed cause it’s stuck in that position. Must be difficult to walk.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Posh is just playing her character (minus the iconic sharp-nailed point). I noticed Baby’s platforms right off, but no one here looks especially good. What is up with Posh’s hair? Did she decide to ape HBC’s style now that she’s a “serious actress” with credits in fine films such as Spiceworld?

    Also, I seriously love Spiceworld. I would watch it right now if I had it on DVD instead of VHS. 

    • Kristin McNamara

      I may or may not still have a VCR hooked up to my TV….. Aaaaaand, conveniently, also own SpiceWorld on VHS. You can come over if you want! 😛

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    The funny thing is, the other day I watched the video for “Wannabe” for the first time in yonks, and Posh really was pushed to the side back in those days. Who’s laughing now, bitches?

  • Is…Is Posh wearing a knee high open-toe boot?

    I just can’t even with that noise.

  • unbornfawn

    I’ll tell you what i want, what I really really want…. is for Vicki to eat a damn sandwich, then maybe she could smile once in a while.

  • emcat8

    Gosh, Sporty’s lookin’ pretty good! (Just FYI, Emma’s last name is misspelled, it’s Bunton. The only reason I know that is from working a copy desk in their heyday.)

  • Logo Girl

    Man, I feel old. I was already middle-aged when they were a “thing”. Now they are, too. Great. 

  • nannypoo

    Victoria B. is the long lost Olson triplet.

  • Arellys Victor Garro

    the girl in blue is seriously trying to erase Victoria from the pics: killer elbow on every shot. They are all hugging and she sticks out her elbow as if punctuating the fact that V is not welcome

  • When did Mel C turn into a Kate Middleton look-alike!?

  • I think they all look great (:

  • PaulaBerman

    Vicky’s hair looks like she pinned it up before washing the dog.

  • Victoria has never been a fan of her smile so she doesn’t smile in most pictures

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I kind of love Scary Spice. Mel B. Whatever. She’s freakin adorable, though.

  • Little_Olive

    And they seemed quire sassy, whereas now next to Rihanna, Ke$ha (threw up in my mouth a little typing that) and the like, they are the epitome of innocence.

  • TieDye64

    Noooo not agaaaaaaain! My daughter just love them, much to my chagrin. She’s 25 now and is totally baffled that she once had a poster of them in her room. Good girl. Gotta say they all look pretty good. I mean them, physically. Not the clothes.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    vicky: why this fab boots in June?

  • -Z-

    The platform shoes were iconic, but it was all about Ginger’s Union Jack dress!!!  This musical just sounds ridiculous, but in my book, it simply has to be better than that horrid Kylie Minogue one from years ago…

  • thebitterkitten

    If I remember in my reading this is definitely a sign of the Apocalypse to come…

  • eight_of_nine

    I was born in the late 80s, so the Spice Girls were my OBSESSION at age 8-9.  And as weird as it is, I think they helped shape me into a confident young woman.  I was allll about girl power, haha.  

  • LittleKarnak

    Posh looks like an Olsen…..

  • Vitantonio D’Ambrosio

    BTW the musical is titled “Viva Forever” and it’s about a girl called Viva who lives forever, or something… and it was written by Jennifer Saunders, which is kind of mind boggling if you ask me…

  • Geri Hall is in one of her designs?  Didn’t my Barbie doll have that same dress circa 1963?