5 Reasons Why We Need Another Girl Group Like The Spice Girls

The girls at the 1997 Brit Awards | Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesWe're experiencing some serious pangs of nostalgia for the '90s here at The Thread. We're waxing romantic on everything from overalls to daisies, but don't worry--we haven't forgotten one of the greatest things to come out of the decade: the British girl group, The Spice Girls. For those of us that had the profound privilege of growing up with Ginger, Baby, Posh, Sporty, and Scary, there are more than a few reasons why we miss them, but these are the most pressing. We'll tell you what we want, what we really, really want: more girls like The Spice Girls. Sorry we're not sorry.

1. There was something for everyone
If you liked sports (especially soccer), Mel C aka "Sporty Spice" was your favorite of the group. Were you a clotheshorse and/or a little bit goth? Victoria "Posh Spice" was the LBD-wearing gal for you. If you were a girly girl with a sweet tooth, Emma "Baby Spice" was right up your alley. You loved Geri "Ginger Spice" if you were either a.) a little bit bossy or b.) a redhead. And if Mel B "Scary Spice" was your favorite, chances are your friends were a little afraid of you. In the best way possible.
Halliwell in her iconic Union Jack dress | Photo courtesy of Getty Images
2. Those clothes
OK, we'll be the first to admit that we do not miss freaky platforms, feather boas, and/or leopard-print jumpsuits. But there's something to be said for the fact that Halliwell's Union Jack dress is so iconic it holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive article of popstar clothing ever sold at auction (it sold for £41,320 in 1998). It also recently topped a poll conducted by The Daily Telegraph as the most iconic dress of the last 50 years, beating out Marilyn Monroe's white halter dress from "The Seven Year Itch"--you know, the one every girl wears come Halloween each year? Clothes were also a huge element of Posh Spice's persona--the singer is best known today as Victoria Beckham and has two eponymous fashion lines popular with red carpet regulars like Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway.

3. British Invasions are great
From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, that little island across the pond has brought us some huge stars. The Spice Girls rocketed to international fame in the mid-'90s, bringing awesome accents and the belief that Britain was way cooler than us. Today, we're head over heels for Mumford and Sons and Ed Sheeran--but Adele can't do it all on her own. We could use a new batch of stylish Brit ladies to spice up our lives.
The gang's all here at the MTV Video Music Awards in '97. | Photo courtesy of Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images
4. Girl Power!
The '90s saw a tidal wave of what we now refer to as "Third Wave Feminism," and while the movement was mostly championed by underground punk rock groups like Bikini Kill and Hole, The Spice Girls brought their own undiluted brand of "Girl Power" to the masses. Each and every song of theirs promoted female friendship and support above everything else. For example, if you wanted to be one of the Spice Girls' lovers, you HAD to get with their friends. When we compare the lyrics of songs like "Wannabe" and "Stop" with, say, any song put out by a female artist today--can you imagine Geri Halliwell asking "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?"--it's remarkable how much more positive their message is. We need another musical group that young girls can look to for strong examples of loyal, supportive friendship. BONUS: They had one whole song dedicated to their "Mama"s telling them how much they loved them. Aaaw!

5. "Spice World" is possibly the greatest film ever made
This pretty much speaks for itself. If you disagree with this statement, you are wrong.

What do you miss most about this '90s group? Tell us in the comments and be sure to check out The Thread's Spice Girls' Spotify playlist for some good old fashion jams.

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