Nearly 20 years after their heir debut single “Wannabe”, the Spice Girls are still affectionately known by their personality-defining nicknames and singer Melanie Brown says none of them are an invention of the group.
The members, consisting of Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham, were named Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice and Posh Spice respectively, reported The Huffington Post.
“It was actually a lazy journalist that couldn’t be bothered to remember all our names, so he just gave us nicknames. And we were like, ‘Oh, well, that kind of works. I don’t mind my name. Do you like your name? Baby? Posh?’ We were like, ‘Let’s just go with it,'” Mel B said.
The “lazy journalist” was Peter Loraine, who was editor of the British magazine Top of the Pops and led the 1996 meeting in which the names were devised.
Mel B, 40, said she never felt offended that millions of Spice Girls fans know her as Scary. “I’m very kind of in-your-face. I was even more so back then. I was, what, 17, 18, like, ‘What! What do you want?!’ So I guess I could have come off as Scary. But I like my name,” she said.