Mel B refused to straighten hair for Wannabe music video

Mel B refused to straighten her hair for the Spice Girls’ debut music video Wannabe. Mel, along with her bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Horner, shot to fame in 1996 with the success of their debut single Wannabe, which was ac…

Mel B refused to straighten her hair for the Spice Girls’ debut music video Wannabe.

Mel, along with her bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Horner, shot to fame in 1996 with the success of their debut single Wannabe, which was accompanied by a video in which they can be seen creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party.

But in a new interview with Daily Star Online, the 45-year-old revealed she was told to straighten her natural hair for the shoot, but she pushed back against the suggestion.

“I remember when we first did the video for Wannabe we had a big styling team and one of the first things they said to me was: ‘OK, so we need to straighten your hair,'” she recalled. “I refused point-blank because my hair was my identity and yes it was different to all the other girls but that was what the Spice Girls were about – celebrating our differences.”

After the video was released, Mel received letters from mums and their daughters praising her for embracing her natural hair and she was thrilled by the feedback.

“I’d get really emotional letters from girls, and their mums, saying how incredible it was that they had someone to ‘be’ when they did dances in the playground at school and they were actually daring to wear their hair out and proud rather than scraped back or straightened… That was a big deal to me,” the mother-of-three added.

The former America’s Got Talent judge gave the interview to discuss her experiences with racism to support the Black Lives Matter movement and stand in solidarity with unarmed African-American man George Floyd, who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

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Geri Horner used tea towel to create first Union Jack dress

Geri Horner has recalled how she cut up a tea towel to create her first Union Jack dress during her days with the Spice Girls.In a new video for Vogue, Ginger Spice detailed the back story behind the now-iconic minidress, which landed her on the front …

Geri Horner has recalled how she cut up a tea towel to create her first Union Jack dress during her days with the Spice Girls.

In a new video for Vogue, Ginger Spice detailed the back story behind the now-iconic minidress, which landed her on the front of every British newspaper the day after she sported it for the girl group’s BRIT Awards performance in 1997.

Remembering how she was handed a short black Gucci dress to wear for the Spice Girls’ special performance, Geri then decided to ramp it up by adding the flag to the front.

“I don’t know if this is true, but you’re not meant to cut up a (British) flag,” she said. “In the olden days, you could be sent to the Tower (of London)… so I found a tea towel.”

Geri enlisted her sister, who is “better at sewing”, as seamstress, before a stylist tried to shut down the show-stopping fashion statement, announcing the outfit was “racist” because of the flag’s association with far-right nationalists.

“I was like, ‘Oh my goodness… no, stop. We (Spice Girls) celebrate all cultures,'” the 47-year-old recalled, before going on to share her amazement at the press coverage. “I woke up the next morning and the picture of me in that dress was on the front page of every newspaper. That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for. People would wear their own version of it. Suddenly, you saw the British flag on a lot of fashion. It came back to that thing of being proud of who we are.”

And Geri still feels rather proud of her own kitchen-to-stage transformation.

“I’ve always been, like, a secret fashion designer,” she laughed.

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Victoria Beckham releasing beauty products every month to keep consumers excited

Victoria Beckham decided to release her beauty products every month rather than all at once to keep her consumer base excited for the next drop. The singer-turned-fashion designer launched her Victoria Beckham Beauty brand in September with the Smoky …

Victoria Beckham decided to release her beauty products every month rather than all at once to keep her consumer base excited for the next drop.

The singer-turned-fashion designer launched her Victoria Beckham Beauty brand in September with the Smoky Eye Wardrobe, a collection consisting of eyeshadow palettes, cream shadows, and eyeliners, and she followed that up with Your Perfect Pout lip kit, which featured a lip tint and six lip pencils, in October.

Earlier this week, she revealed that she was making her debut in the skincare market with the Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser, a collaboration with German skincare expert Augustinus Bader, for her November drop.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night, Beckham was asked why she decided to do monthly drops rather than release the whole beauty line in one go and she explained that the business model “makes sense”.

“You know I launched this beauty brand because I wanted to create a beauty brand of the future, with a real focus on clean beauty, sustainability and not comprising with the formulas and making sure that things are active and going direct to consumer,” the 45-year-old explained. “It makes sense to do regular drops – it keeps it more exciting for the consumer, for my community.”

Jimmy then jokingly asked Beckham if it was necessary to buy separate moisturisers for the body and face, or if it was simply a marketing ploy, and she insisted that “there’s a lot of science that goes into these products”.

Beckham also said that she will be sending products from her line to her Spice Girls bandmates – Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Geri Horner, and Emma Bunton.

“I haven’t (yet) because I’ve only just got mine but will send it to the Spice Girls,” she added.

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Twiggy to serve as judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.

Twiggy will serve as a special judge on the U.K. version of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. The ’60s supermodel, who became a global icon thanks to her short hems, cropped hairstyle and doe-like eyes, will act as a celebrity guest judge for one episo…

Twiggy will serve as a special judge on the U.K. version of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The ’60s supermodel, who became a global icon thanks to her short hems, cropped hairstyle and doe-like eyes, will act as a celebrity guest judge for one episode of the upcoming show, alongside host RuPaul and veteran judge Michelle Visage.

The 69-year-old, who was awarded a damehood for her services to fashion, the arts and charity earlier this year, revealed in a statement that she excited to judge drag queens.

“You see the most gorgeous women in the most glamorous outfits. I love the creativity of the clothes and the make-up. I have been to a few drag shows and they’re brilliant fun,” she said.

According to a press release, the “British cultural icon” is a personal heroine of RuPaul and “her understanding of high fashion, the catwalk and her experience as a seamstress brought some dame realness to proceedings.”

British popstar Cheryl will also act as a special celebrity judge in a different episode, and she shared she was a big fan of the series.

“I have always admired the work and dedication that goes into drag and have learned over the years that it is an art form,” Cheryl said. “It is not only fun and glamorous but equally as skillful and admirable, I find it incredibly inspiring. I just love the make-up, creativity and the drama. I am honoured to be a guest judge!”

Twiggy and Cheryl join previously announced guest judges Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, Spice Girl Geri Horner, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, British actress Michaela Coel, and Hacksaw Ridge star Andrew Garfield.

Talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr will appear as rotating resident judges across the eight-part series, which will air on BBC Three in the autumn.

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Costume designer elevated Spice Girls’ tour outfits with Swarovski bling

The Spice Girls are making sure they shine on their trek around the U.K. and Ireland with one million Swarovski crystals sewn onto their costumes.The girl power originators, now a foursome after Victoria Beckham declined to join them for the reunion sh…

The Spice Girls are making sure they shine on their trek around the U.K. and Ireland with one million Swarovski crystals sewn onto their costumes.

The girl power originators, now a foursome after Victoria Beckham declined to join them for the reunion shows, are currently on their Spice World 2019 Tour, kicked things off in Dublin last week.

As well as delighting fans with their catchy pop tracks, the singers – Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B – have also made sure their costumes bring the wow factor.

In a statement regarding their outfits, costume designer Gabriella Slade gushed: “It’s an absolute dream job to design for a tour like this, and to be working with such brilliant women as the Spice Girls. The use of Swarovski crystals is really important and integral in designing for a pop show – it really elevates the costumes. You can always tell it’s a Swarovski crystal costume, even from the back of the stadium!”

The Wannabe hitmakers are taking their show all over the U.K. before finishing in London for three nights at the city’s famous Wembley Stadium.

Among the 100 costumes worn by the singers and their dancers is a new take on Geri’s famous Union Jack dress, the animal prints that Mel B became famous for and glitzy sportswear for Mel C, aka Sporty Spice.

And Swarovski executive board member Nadja Swarovski jumped at the chance to work with Gabriella and the British stars.

“(We wanted to) celebrate the amazing, empowering and iconic spirit of Girl Power for the Spice World tour,” Nadja said. “We are thrilled to help magnify the magic and dazzle of this stellar show.”

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Victoria Beckham shows off ballet skills as her former bandmates rehearse for Spice Girls tour

Victoria Beckham has showed off her fun side – as well as her ballet moves – by slipping into her old pointe shoes for her youngest son Cruz.Cruz, Victoria and David Beckham’s third child, recently uploaded a video of his mum demonstrating her dance sk…

Victoria Beckham has showed off her fun side – as well as her ballet moves – by slipping into her old pointe shoes for her youngest son Cruz.

Cruz, Victoria and David Beckham’s third child, recently uploaded a video of his mum demonstrating her dance skills on his Instagram page. The clip showed the fashion designer rising to her toes in a garden as Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own plays in the background.

A voice can be heard saying, “I’m very impressed. Look how good mummy is”, before Victoria, dressed in black leather trousers with a red waistband and a white T-shirt, loses her balance and cracks into a smile.

The 45-year-old previously revealed that she dreamed of a career in dance when she was a child.

“I was never going to be a model. I studied dance until I was qualified to be a dance teacher. My mum said I had to have something to fall back on if it all went wrong. So if it does go wrong, I can always be a tap-dancing teacher,” she said during a 2015 Q&A in New York.

The video comes as Victoria’s former Spice Girls bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel B, Geri Horner and Mel C finally reunited to begin their joint rehearsals for their upcoming U.K. tour.

Emma, Geri and Mel C had been practising their moves and songs without Los Angeles-based Mel B, who recently caused a media storm by claiming she’d had a lesbian encounter with Geri when the Spice Girls first started out, but Scary Spice touched down in London earlier this week and headed straight to the rehearsal room.

The Spice World 2019 Tour kicks off in Dublin on 24 May (19), and finishes with three nights at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium in June.

Victoria has chosen not to join the Wannabe hitmakers.

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Spice Girls makeup artist used bold cosmetics to distract from breakouts

The makeup artist to the Spice Girls during the height of the girl power band’s fame used over-the-top cosmetics to distract from the stars’ breakouts. Karin Darnell worked with Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri H…

The makeup artist to the Spice Girls during the height of the girl power band’s fame used over-the-top cosmetics to distract from the stars’ breakouts.

Karin Darnell worked with Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Horner, throughout the 1990s, and helped the stars perfect their glam looks before taking the stage or appearing at events.

One issue the beauty guru had to work around was the frequent breakouts the singers would experience as a result of their busy schedules and poor diets, but she didn’t have the advanced makeup and technology modern pop stars have at their fingertips – and she had to improvise.

One special trick included applying bold products to draw the eye away from zits.

“We live in an airbrushed world now but back then you didn’t have filters; it was day lighting,” Darnell tells PopSugar. “So if someone had spots, and one of the girls really did, I had to alter the looks for that.”

Among the products in her emergency kit were red lipstick and heavy brown lip liner, which were popular throughout the decade.

Darnell has since worked with the likes of Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Gemma Chan but she looks back on her work with the Wannabe hitmakers with a laugh.

“What I absolutely say to this day is if you can’t laugh at what you used to look like, then you really achieved nothing,” she jokes.

Darnell recently looked back on her time with the iconic pop band for a Hunger TV essay, in which she recalled the highly-publicised moment in 1997 when Horner kissed Prince Charles on the cheek while wearing bright red lipstick.

“It was completely against protocol,” she says. “It was a king dare and we were saying, ‘You won’t do it!’ I have never put so much red lipstick on one person… I think she was probably wearing a MAC red, and such heavy lip-gloss. It’s amazing it didn’t drip… We then actually flew to Cannes (France) that night and were reading the papers about it in the morning. We just laughed.”

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Victoria Beckham: ‘Life’s too short to regret outfit choices’

Victoria Beckham has described her iconic Spice Girls fashion choices as being part of her personal style journey.The singer-turned-designer’s style has evolved significantly since her time in the ‘90s girl group, where she performed alongside bandma…

Victoria Beckham has described her iconic Spice Girls fashion choices as being part of her personal style journey.

The singer-turned-designer’s style has evolved significantly since her time in the ‘90s girl group, where she performed alongside bandmates Mel B, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel C.

During her time as Posh Spice, the star wore outfits that spanned LBDs to miniskirts worn with bikini tops.

Victoria took a retrospective look at some of her “bold” choices during a new interview for Grazia magazine, and admitted that she only has fond memories of her most eccentric looks.

“Have you seen some of the Spice Girls outfits? Some looks have been quite bold,” she laughed. “But they’re part of my journey and what’s made me who I am today, so I don’t regret them. Life’s too short to regret outfit choices!”

While the star is perhaps best known for her love of heels and high fashion, she recently collaborated with sportswear brand Reebok, creating a unisex line boasting hoodies, sweatpants, crop tops, leggings, socks, sneakers, and more.

Joking that the line has turned her into Mel C’s alter ego Sporty Spice, Victoria says that, as her style has evolved, she’s developed a penchant for more practical pieces.

“Now I choose pieces that make my life simpler, things that are easy to wear and practical,” the 44-year-old admitted. “If you look good, you feel good.”

While she won’t be joining her former bandmates on their Spice World – 2019 Tour, she suggested that she now aims to channel the five-piece’s “girl power” mantra through her fashion business.

“I want women who wear my pieces to feel like the best version of themselves,” she said.

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Cheryl upped her skincare regime after becoming a mum

Cheryl takes better care of her skin now that she’s a mother.The British singer and boyfriend Liam Payne, 24, became parents for this first time last year (17) to son Bear, and Cheryl quickly learned she’d need to adapt her beauty regime as she embrace…

Cheryl takes better care of her skin now that she’s a mother.

The British singer and boyfriend Liam Payne, 24, became parents for this first time last year (17) to son Bear, and Cheryl quickly learned she’d need to adapt her beauty regime as she embraced motherhood. Her skincare routine was given the biggest overhaul once she realised she needed to “up her game” and really focus on hydration.

“I’ve got a couple of luxury serums from SkinCeuticals,” the 34-year-old explained in an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine during the Cannes Film Festival. “I use the £85 ($115) Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier serum, which is really great.”

Though the Call My Name hitmaker admits the product is “luxury and it’s a bit more of an expense” she’s adamant it’s worth splashing out on skincare in the long run.

“If you take care of your skin, your make-up looks fresher,” she considered. “Having a good base makes it far easier than trying to cover skin ailments with make-up as you’re not really addressing the problem.”

Former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl also shared that she takes a two-step supplement by Lumity both morning and night, and added that she received her best beauty tips from Spice Girls’ Geri Horner during their girl band days.

And as a busy mum, it’s no surprise that the pop star prefers a more relaxed approach when it comes to exercise.

“I do love yoga,” she smiled. “I like it for calming your state of mind so instead of doing mad cardio where it intensifies it, it calms you down.”

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Spice World costume designer opens up about the movie’s clothes

Costume designer Kate Carin thought of the Spice World movie as a fashion showcase rather than just a regular film.It’s been 20 years since pop supergroup the Spice Girls ventured into film, with their movie ’90s achieving cult status thanks to the clo…

Costume designer Kate Carin thought of the Spice World movie as a fashion showcase rather than just a regular film.

It’s been 20 years since pop supergroup the Spice Girls ventured into film, with their movie ’90s achieving cult status thanks to the clothes and cameos by the likes of Alan Cumming, Richard E. Grant, and Roger Moore.

Recalling her time working on the film, Emmy winner Kate has only fond memories of collaborating with Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Victoria Beckham.

“This was not a normal movie in the sense that you have a story you tell with costumes, it was more like a fashion showcase,” she smiled to InStyle.com. “There were many changes – if you walked out of a shot wearing something, you may walk back in wearing something else. It was all part of the fun.

“This was aimed at young people, so everything was very vibrant and bright and catchy. The whole palette for the movie was the most delicious, mouth-watering bowl of fruit that you could ever get your hands on.”

Although each bandmember, then known as Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh, had already cultivated their own looks, Kate helped them take their signature styles to the next level. She remembers using a lot of Topshop clothes, but also creating made to measure stuff for each singer.

And out of all the girls, it was Geri who was most involved with the costumes.

“Geri has a very big voice. She was very much the mother of the pack,” she revealed. “If anybody was feeling unsure about something, Geri’s opinion would be asked and given. She had such an energy about her; she was so refreshing.”

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