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April 26, 2022

Photos of the Spice Girls Taken by Tim Roney in Paris in 1996

The Spice Girls are a British girl group formed in 1994, consisting of Melanie Brown, also known as Mel B (“Scary Spice”); Melanie Chisholm, or Melanie C (“Sporty Spice”); Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”); Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”); and Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”). With their “girl power” mantra, they redefined the girl-group concept by targeting a young female fanbase. They led the teen pop resurgence of the 1990s, were a major part of the Cool Britannia era, and became pop culture icons of the decade.

The group signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single “Wannabe” in 1996, which reached number one on the charts of 37 countries. Their debut album, Spice (1996), sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in history. The follow-up, Spiceworld (1997), sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. Both albums encapsulated the group’s dance-pop style and message of female empowerment, with vocal and songwriting contributions shared equally by the members.

The Spice Girls have sold 100 million records worldwide, making them the bestselling girl group of all time, one of the bestselling artists, and the most successful British pop act since the Beatles. They received five Brit Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards and one MTV Video Music Award. In 2000, they became the youngest recipients of the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

These beautiful photos were taken by Tim Roney that show portraits of the Spice Girls in Paris on September 11, 1996.

(Photo © Tim Roney)

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