Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty brought Cool Britannia to America when their debut album topped the Billboard 200 on May 24, 1997.
In the spring of 1997, Spice Girls mania ruled as the British vocal quintet rose to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its debut album, Spice.
The group’s members -- Victoria Adams (now Mrs. David Beckham), then 23; Melanie Brown, 21; Emma Bunton, 21; Melanie Chisholm, 23; and Geri Halliwell, 24 -- promoted a unified front of “girl power” and friendship among strikingly different personalities. Their adoption of nicknames that distilled their personas into marketing-friendly alter-egos also helped them appeal to the masses: Brown became known as “Scary Spice,” for example, a nod to her brashness and outrageous style, while the ponytail-and-tracksuit-wearing Chisholm was dubbed “Sporty Spice.”
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