Who Was the Original “Sporty Spice” Before the Spice Girls? Mel C Goes Back Very Far in Her New Memoir.

In her recently published biography, “The Sporty One,” Melanie Chisholm recounts her life before the formation of the Spice Girls in a journey that stretches from A to Z.

Chisholm shared with Maggie Rulli of “Good Morning America” that from the very beginning, she considered herself to be on a “mission” to achieve her goals. Chisholm’s big break occurred in 1994 when she walked up to an open audition for a “all-female pop act,” and the rest is history. Chisholm had spent years devoting every free moment to dance and performance, and her big break came when she showed up to the audition.

One of the most successful girl groups in the history of pop music was comprised of Chisholm, Melanie Brown (also known as Scary Spice), Emma Bunton (also known as Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (also known as Ginger Spice), and Victoria Beckham (also known as Posh Spice).

After the release of the band’s debut single, “Wannabe,” in 1996, they rose to prominence in the music industry almost immediately. The song peaked at number one in 37 countries, and the band’s self-titled debut album from the same year is remains the most successful album ever released by a female group in terms of sales.

“When I think back on the making of the ‘Wannabe’ music video, it is essentially how things went down. Before we were signed, we were shopping ourselves around to several record labels. When we were going into publishing businesses, I was flipping backwards on the table and hopping all over it in excitement “Chisholm expressed that. “And we were performing our songs, and we were just generating mayhem wherever we went,” said the band. “And we were causing mayhem wherever we went.”

The trio conveyed a message of female empowerment through music that was in the style of dance-pop and featured lyrics that were catchy.

“It allowed us to have a louder voice. It provided us with a purpose to fight for. And it was actually what made us who we are now, “— I quote her. “I also believe that our originality, which was something that we really celebrated, was something else that appealed to people.”

In 1997, the group became famous for seeing King Charles III and breaking several royal protocol regulations during their encounter.

“Therefore, there was a trace of bottom patting, and there was lipstick still on the cheeks. And I tensed up in response. I was dying inside, “— I quote her. “But when I think about it now, when I look back on it, I’m so happy that we did that. In point of fact, that was the thing that helped break the ice with Charles.”

Chisholm said that throughout her time as a member of the Spice Girls she battled anorexia and despair, despite the glitter and costumes she wore during that time.

“I felt embarrassed, ashamed, and alone because of my situation. And I’m aware that, tragically, there are a lot of other people in the world that deal with issues that are comparable to mine. And I wish for my book to provide people some measure of solace, “Chisholm expressed that. “From what I’ve seen, a lot of people—especially women—are quite brutal to themselves, and I believe that’s a problem. We speak to ourselves internally way we would never dare speak to another human being… There is always more that can be done by everyone of us. But you know what? You are more than enough.”

According to Chisholm, the legendary women’s ensemble has maintained their cohesiveness during the nearly three decades that have passed since its inception. The most recent time the band got back together was in 2019, when they played a series of events in the United Kingdom. However, Beckham was absent from these performances since he had other commitments to honour. Now, there are indications that the group may get back together at some point.

“We have a never-ending conversation about it,” she remarked. “And I have no doubt that it will take place at some point.”

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