On January 21st, 39 years ago, the universe was blessed with the gift of Emma Bunton–1/5 of the raddest group of girls around. She’s the second Spice from the left in the photo above, precious and pigtailed as ever.
Emma was the last of the Spice Girls to join the group at just 18 years old after the departure of Michelle Stephenson (who doesn’t get a cool nickname because she wasn’t around long enough). As the youngest, girliest, and generally most adorable of the five, she was dubbed Baby Spice by Top of the Pops magazine in 1996. The rest, as they say, is history.
If you don’t get down to this song, you’re lying.
The Spice Girls, formerly known as Touch, released three albums–Spice (1996), Spiceworld (1997),and Forever (2000)–before splitting up in December 2000 to pursue independent careers. Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) probably garnered the most media attention afterwards by marrying British soccer superstar/god among men David Beckham, but I know the burning question on all of your minds: what has Baby Spice been up to since then?
Emma Bunton released three solo albums–the second of which, Free Me, was the most successful–it was praised as being the best of the solo Spice releases for its unique incorporation of Motown/1960’s-era sound. On top of that, she had cameo appearances in two Bollywood movies, started a family, and now hosts a British radio show every Saturday.
You can also find Baby Spice on Twitter (and on MySpace, in case anyone besides Baby Spice still uses it. I do appreciate her efforts to keep that social media dream alive)–where it is comforting to see that our favorite group of gals still hangs out on the reg.
And they’re just as weird as you and me. (from left to right–Baby Spice, Scary Spice (Mel B), and Sporty Spice (Mel C).