If you wanna be my lover, you better have a strong appreciation for the Spice Girls. Not only are these ladies the bestselling girl group of all time, but each and every one is an icon in their own right. And as Geri Halliwell a.k.a. Ginger Spice celebrates her 48th birthday we’re recognizing the special place these women have held in our hearts. From their rise to fame to Spice World, Union Jack fashion, meeting the royals, and beyond, this British girl band is the stuff of ’90s legend.
Before we dive into the details of their past, let’s catch up on how these girls are doing now. Scary Spice, AKA Melanie B (AKA Mel B), has released several solo albums since the band broke up, as well as mentoring on The X Factor and briefly starring in her own reality show, Mel B: It’s a Scary World. Sporty Spice Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) has had a terrific career as a solo artist, releasing seven solo albums with international hits.
Baby Spice Emma Bunton started her solo career during a Spice Girls hiatus in 2001 and has released four solo albums total, as well as appearing on shows like BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous and Strictly Come Dancing. Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell, who famously left the group in 1998 and released a solo album the following year, has had a varied career including further albums, two autobiographies, a series of children’s books, and guest hosting The X Factor.
Finally, Posh Spice Victoria Beckham went on to marry soccer star David Beckham, release a solo album, star in various documentaries and reality series, and become a well-known fashion designer. The one thing these women still have in common? Once-in-a-lifetime memories of being the biggest UK stars to come around in decades, and — of course — an undying love of girl power.
Now that we’re caught up on these ladies’ lives, let’s take a look back at Spice Girls’ iconic history with fun facts you may not know.
A version of this story was originally published on Dec. 30, 2015.