Where’s the Girl Power gone?

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD - Char­lie Gowans-Eglin­ton

When the Spice Girls en­tered the cul­tural con­scious­ness in 1996, what they wore in­flu­enced a gen­er­a­tion. Ev­ery girl had a favourite Spice to ape. It wasn’t that they looked good — they of­ten didn’t, but they were hav­ing so much fun with their wardrobes.

So when the news broke that the Spice Girls (sans Posh) were re­form­ing for a tour, I couldn’t wait to see what they were wear­ing. Af­ter all, th­ese were the women who gave us Girl Power and, through the lens of #MeToo, a 2018 up­date couldn’t be more rel­e­vant.

Ex­cept that’s not what they de­liv­ered in the new por­trait re­leased on Mon­day. In­stead, they seemed to have gone to pains to dis­tance them­selves from their char­ac­ters — Me­lanie C had a Me­la­nia Trump-over, swap­ping sports­wear for soft-pow­er­tai­lor­ing, Geri looked like an Ap­pren­tice can­di­date, Emma a run­ner-up in the Great British Bake Off, and Me­lanie B seems to have stepped out of a Christ­mas TV ad­vert.

I think they missed a trick. Here’s what they should have been wear­ing in­stead. surely

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