What’s up with the Spice Girls? Of course, you know bits and details about where they’ve been since the late ’90s…
Like the time they reunited for the 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (and it was the best everrrr).
And also in 2012, there was a musical called Viva Forever, based on many of the Spice Girls’ top hits.
People did not like this musical. They thought it stunk.
To feed your inner Girl Power, here’s what you might not know about the paths of our beloved Spice Girls…
1. Melanie Chisholm aka Mel C aka Sporty Spice
Mel C. is 39 now and has a little girl who is 4 years old. She’s apparently had an extremely active music career since her days as Sporty Spice…maybe that’s something Americans haven’t noticed so much because she’s had larger success in the U.K. and Europe? Anyhow, she has a pimped out official site and Twitter, @MelanieCmusic, where she’s fairly active.
Post Spice Girls, Melanie C has released six (six!) solo albums.
Mel C was also set to star in the sequel to The Craft, however that project never happened. Which is obviously a real shame.
Sporty Spice has also gained a fairly decent reputation for her acting, having two major theater roles in the past few years. In 2012, she played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar.
2. Melanie Brown aka Mel B aka Scary Spice
The most ferocious of the Spice Girls, Mel B also been back in music and reality TV. She’s had something of a turbulent personal life after a dramatic divorce (she’s now on her second marriage). In 2006, Scary was apparently dating Eddie Murphy. And she had his child?! What?! (She and Murphy never married.) Melanie also has an official site and is very much into Twitter — she’s @OfficialMelB.
Here’s a recent pic of Mel B, and her first-born daughter, Phoenix.
Mel B’s reality TV resume is now quite impressive.
Among other things, she’s been a judge on both the Australian and U.K. versions of The X Factor and very recently she was a judge on America’s Got Talent (see clip above).
She’s done two solo albums — Hot in 2000 and L.A. State of Mind in 2005.
Hot started off strong (since it was still relatively close to the Spice era), but was ultimately a disappointment. L.A. State of Mind was also a bit of a flop, apparently “the lowest charting and selling single from a Spice Girls member up to that point.” Womp womp.
3. Victoria Adams aka Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice
Posh has obviously had the most high-profile life post-Spice. Maybe it’s because she married the Hottest Man You Will Ever See, David Beckham. But it’s also because she’s dabbled in just about everything and now, in combination with her husband, has amassed a fortune and created a mini-empire. She’s on Twitter at @victoriabeckham.
She’s had one self-titled solo album which came out in 2001.
Since then, she has released a few singles in conjunction with album projects, however she has yet to release a new album. It’s probably for the best.
But Beckham’s real success has been in her fashion ventures. She’s been designing her own high-end collection since 2008, which has gained tons of praise at fashion weeks over the past few years.
Since the Spice Girls, Posh has had her hands in about a million things in the fashion industry, working with labels and designers and designing her own denim line as well. But the stuff she’s doing now is actually really impressive — the clothes embody her style without feeling corny, and they feature clean, classic cuts. You can shop it online.
4. Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice
Like her fellow Spice Girls, Geri has done a little of this, a little of that, dabbling in books, solo albums, and TV projects. She’s probably the most political of the Spice Girls — she’s been vocal about her political affiliations and she’s done the celeb-working-for-the-U.N. thing and had a documentary following her around Zambia. She still Tweets with her Girl Power buddies at @GeriHalliwell and has a daughter whose godmothers are Posh and Baby (how cool?).
Ginger Spice has had three solo albums.
Her first, Schizo-phonic had strong sales and was certified Platinum in the U.K. and gold in the U.S. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (2001) did moderately well in the U.K. But Passion (2005), was a total failure.
She’s penned an autobiography, a book featuring Halliwell’s confessional writings and photography of her, and also a series of children’s books called Ugenia Lavender.
And here’s Geri earlier this year with her friend, Darth Vader.
5. Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice
This former saccharine-sweet Spice Girl has also been way into the celeb reality judging thing. She’s been featured on tons of British series, but the shows you know best are probably American Idol and The X Factor. Aside from her music, Baby Spice appears to be fairly happy in her personal life — she has two babies of her own and has been with the same guy since 1997.
These are Emma’s solo albums…
The only one that really caught folks’ attention was Free Me (2004), which was cool because it had a very Motown-vibe.