A couple of days ago the Spice Girls celebrated their 20th Anniversary. I hold no shame when I say: I am still completely obsessed with them. I discovered the Spice Girls when I was in elementary school and was immediately obsessed. I didn’t know much about them, but their music videos and energetic attitude completely captured 100% of my attention. My favorite thing about them was their undying proclamation of GIRL POWER! When I was younger I remember always thinking things like “I can’t do that because I’m a girl”, “I won’t be able to succeed at that because I’m a girl” (terrible I know). So I discover this girl group that is saying that GIRL POWER is a good thing, consider my mind blown.
The Spice Girls have been one of the only constants in my life. I don’t care that they are a 90’s thing, I still listen to their music on a regular basis, I will definitely freak out if I meet any of them and I still hold on to the lesson of GIRL POWER that they taught pre-teen me. Though I must admit it took me quite a while to truly understand their GIRL POWER lesson.
When I was younger I struggled to keep close girl-friendships, I feel like I constantly looked for the effortless friendship that the Spice Girls seemed to have. As I’ve gotten older, it’s been much easier to connect with other women but it was through a lot of trial and error that I found the friends that I have today. As young girls, we are conditioned to believe that other girls are and will always be your competition. “Don’t get too close, they’ll betray you.” It’s a sad reality and something that we must actively work to change.
I will admit that it wasn’t until recently that I truly realized just how powerful women are. This realization has come from truly seeing the women around me; my mother, my best friend Candice, my friend Harim, Brie Larson (who isn’t a person that I actually know, but she is amazing). I am finally able to stand in my own power and am able to be happy for the other women that do the same. I think we all have the Spice Girls to thank for 10% of our power. Their music and interaction amongst each other is engraved in my heart and they truly defined what GIRL POWER meant when I was younger.
So start your week off with some Spice Girls music and “Spice Up Your Life”!
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When my friends and I pretended to be the Spice Girls I was always Scary Spice. Which one were you?
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