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Amazing leaked footage shows Spice Girls slamming misogynist film director

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“You’re a chauvinistic pig.”

The Spice Girls were the epitome of #girlpower back in the day, so it should come as no surprise that Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton, and Mel C were championing women’s rights behind the scenes, too.

In new footage, which has been leaked on Twitter, the women can be seen on the set of a 1997 Polaroid commercial.

However, while they were willing to wear school uniforms for their parts as Harrow schoolgirls, they were left fuming when a misogynist director demanded they show their cleavage and midriffs.

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Marching up to him, Mel B asks: “Was it you? Why did you ask that [we show cleavage and midriffs]?”

“It’s every man’s fantasy,” he replies sleazily, before adding: “That’s showbiz.”

However he didn’t bank on the rest of the Spice Girls turning up to back Mel up.

Watch the moment for yourself below:

Geri, pointing a finger in his face, slams him (accurately) as a “chauvinistic pig”. Meanwhile Posh Spice, appearing out of nowhere, does what she does best; schools them in fashion.

“It’s not sunny,” she says, pulling his sunglasses from his head. “Stop trying to look cool.”

She then walks off to try and pawn them, offering them to anyone willing to pay a “quid”.

As Ginger Spice says, the director really should “know better” at his age – and we love that, at the end of the clip, both she and Mel refuse to shake his hand as they do the rest of the crew. Naturally, he looks more than a little abashed; could it be that he’s finally learned his lesson?

Best of all, it seems as if the Spice Girls’ complaints did not fall on deaf ears; in the final cut of the advert, their cleavage and midriffs remain firmly off show.

Check it out:

Now that’s what we call #girlpower.

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Meanwhile it was recently confirmed that the Spice Girls (or, more accurately, four of them) are going on a stadium tour of the UK in 2019.

Their timing couldn’t be better; after all, in a world of Donald Trump and rampant misogyny, it’s clear that we need their take-no-prisoners attitude more than ever before.

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    Mel B had a pair (complete with PVC gold suit and perpetual midriff flash).

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    As for Posh Spice, well, she liked her sultry boob tubes and skin-tight tailoring, which she could dress up as required with her trademark open-mouthed wink.

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    Mel B/Scary Spice also like her all-in-ones - but she gave a wild twist to her's, with the leopard print theme.

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This article was originally published in November 2016.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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