No. 1 Magazine - - COVER STORY -

Like most teenage girls, a young Vic­to­ria Adams was in­se­cure about her weight and ap­pear­ance. In Septem­ber’s open let­ter to her teenage self, headed What I Wish I’d Known for a mag­a­zine she ad­dressed her 18-year-old self say­ing: “I know you are strug­gling right now. You are not the pret­ti­est, or the thinnest, or the best at danc­ing at the Laine The­atre Arts Col­lege.” Last year, she didn’t need to re­unite with her for­mer band­mates – who have each lived in the shadow of VB’S success (al­though not nec­es­sar­ily mu­si­cal success) since the five-piece girl band split in 2000. She (and band­mate Mel C) turned down the Spice Girls re­union ahead of the band re­form­ing to cel­e­brate 20 years since the re­lease of their de­but sin­gle Wannabe, and when Geri Horner, Emma Bun­ton and Mel B de­cided to re­form as a three­piece, Vic­to­ria was happy to bow out, con­fi­dent and se­cure with who she is as her own en­tity.

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