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How did the Spice Girls get their nicknames?

How did the Spice Girls get their nicknames?

Baby Spice, Posh Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice and Ginger Spice collectively know as the Spice Girls released their debut album ‘Spice’ which became the best-selling album by a female group in history, selling over 30 million copies.

We first met Mel B, Emma, Geri, Melanie C and Victoria under those names, which means that’s who they’ll be known to us forever. But how did the infamous names come about?

As iconic as their wild outfits and hairstyles were, their nicknames were even more iconic. But how did they come about? 

Mel B (Scary Spice) recently told Huff Post Live that a magazine editor christened them to make life easier for them.

It was actually a lazy journalist that couldn’t be bothered to remember all our names, so he just gave us nicknames, and we were like, ’Oh, well, that kinda works. I don’t mind my name. Do you like your name? Baby? Posh?’ We were like, ’Let’s just go with it,' she said.

The credit goes to Peter Loraine, who ran Top Of The Pops in the '90s - he devised the nicknames for a feature on the group that ran in July '96. The rest is history. According to official timeline, Peter and his staff came up with them out of pure convenience, creating 5 iconic stars of the pop-world.

“Posh was the first one to be thought up because Victoria looks pretty sophisticated. The rest were pretty easy really because the girls’ characters were already really strong,” he said.

“The names jumped out at us. We laughed the most when we came up with Scary. Jennifer Cawthron, who was also from Leeds, came up with that one because Mel B was so loud and had tried to take over our whole photo shoot.”

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