July 8 was a big day for the Spice Girls. It marked the 20th anniversary of the release of their first hit, “Wannabe,” and three of the Spice Girls marked the occasion by reuniting. Getting together to make a video in which they thanked fans for decades of support, Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) also hinted of a new project in the minute-long video.
The Spice Girls Are Coming Together To Form A New Side Project
In the video shared by Rolling Stone and first posted on a new Spice Girls YouTube account, the Spice Girls begin by thanking and flattering their fans, calling them the best fans in the world and suggesting that they want to pay their fans back for the years of loyalty. Before the short clip closes, the Spice Girls allude to an upcoming event that they may be planning, assuring their fans that they will all be invited.
The new account, as well as a new website, features a new name for the all-girl band. Spice Girls GEM is the new name, and the GEM stands for Geri, Emma, and Melanie, suggesting that no other members of the band will be available to reunite. As far as the remaining members of the Spice Girls, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham is pursuing a career in the fashion industry with no plans to ever resume her music career.
Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm has stated that she’s working on a solo album of her own.
“I am keeping tight-lipped. There are lots of discussions going on. Right now I am in the studio working on my own album and that is my focus,” said Chisholm. “I’m taking it slowly.”
‘Wannabe’ Gets An Updated Cover To Promote Feminism
The 1996 hit for the Spice Girls just got a makeover to help bring attention to the need for gender equality and an end to violence and bullying, reports Click 2 Houston. The Spice Girls are the first ones to jump in and praise the new video, which features a large billboard that begs for society to “end violence against girls.” The sign is the focal point as the women in the video sing the chorus, which calls for what women “really, really want.”
The “Wannabe” cover isn’t just about ending violence, though that is their most important cause to be sure. A campaign surrounding the video calls for women and even young girls to use the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant in declaring what each user wants for the female gender. Pay equality, an end to child marriage, and access to education are just a few of the wishes made, using the hashtag.
Even former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has gotten in on the act, sharing a handwritten note that states a wish for no more girls to die from the HIV virus.
“Flattered and honoured that our crazy song is being used so beautifully,” tweeted Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm, upon learning about the “Wannabe” campaign.
The campaign was started by Project Everyone, an organization seeking to educate the public on the U.N.’s Global Sustainability Goals. The United Nations has a bucket list of 17 items to be achieved by 2030 with gender equality making the list at number five. The “Wannabe” video, courtesy of the Spice Girls, is just one way they hope to attain that goal.
“2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women,” Project Everyone wrote in a statement on their website.
There’s no word on how Spice Girls GEM will proceed with their reunion plans, but it seems the remaining Spice Girls have a definite plan, so something should be revealed soon.
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