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Victoria Beckham explains why she finally agreed to a Spice Girls reunion

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Victoria Beckham has revealed the real reason she decided to reunite with the Spice Girls – and it’s “incredibly inspiring”.

The Spice Girls were the epitome of female empowerment back in the day, thanks to their iconic “girl power” movement. So it makes sense that Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C have decided to reunite in 2018’s era of #MeToo and Time’s Up.

Victoria Beckham – known as Posh Spice – was believed to initially be reluctant to reunite with the Spice Girls, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016.

However, the fashion mogul has now revealed that she felt it was incredibly important – especially in light of today’s ongoing conversation surrounding #MeToo and Time’s Up – for the group to get back together and bring some of their traditional “girl power” to the world.

Speaking to the Mirror, Beckham explained: “The Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have shone a light on how powerful we can be when we work together to bring about change.

“That is incredibly inspiring.”

She added: “My career has always focused on empowering and celebrating women, so the momentum that these movements brought only makes me even more determined and passionate in my beliefs.”

At this time, it remains uncertain as to whether or not the Spice Girls will be going on another world tour, but they have promised there’s lots of “exciting things to come”.

After Beckham shared a photograph of the five-piece band relaxing in her home, the group released an official statement, which claimed that they had “enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we spent together.”

It continued: “We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls.

“The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together. We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations.”

It was recently revealed that the Spice Girls never intended to make “girl power” their slogan.

Speaking in an incredibly frank interview, Mel C explained that she and the gang the feminist catchphrase in reaction to the discrimination they experienced, which included being snubbed from being cover stars on magazines.

“Girl power was something that we never intended,” she said.

“When we started we were a pop group and we just wanted to sing and be famous and travel the world and we never really thought about that side of things at all.

“But, as soon as we were heading into the music industry, we started to be faced with some sexism. We were told girls don’t sell. We would go into magazines and editors would tell us, ‘We can’t put you on the cover because we won’t sell enough magazines that week.’”

Unsurprisingly, that did not go down well with the feminist pop group.

“That really made us have a bee in our bonnets,” Mel C recalled, “and that’s when we started talking about Girl Power.

“We realised we had something really important to say. It gave us even more determination to succeed because we realised very early on, we weren’t just doing it for ourselves and each other, we were doing it for girls.”

She added firmly: “Being told we couldn’t do something was like a red rag to a bull to the Spice Girls.”

We can’t wait to see what they have planned next.

Images: Rex Features

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Kayleigh Dray

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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