This phenomenally successful girl group was formed in England in the mid-1990s when a group of housemates answered a newspaper ad. Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Geraldine Halliwell signed with manager Simon Fuller in 1995, took on the Spice Girls name, and hit number one in the U.K. in 1996 with their single “Wannabe.” The song hit number one in the U.S. the following year, and their album Spice (1997) was the best-selling album of 1997 in the U.S. In 1997 they also released Spice World, their second album, and a movie of the same name (1998 U.S.). Other singles include “ Say You'll Be There” and “Goodbye.” Halliwell left the group in 1998.
Victoria Adams(Posh Spice)
Birthplace: Essex, England
Melanie Brown(Scary Spice)
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Emma Bunton(Baby Spice)
Birthplace: London, England
Melanie Chisholm(Sporty Spice)
Birthplace: Widnes, Lancashire, England
Geraldine Halliwell(Ginger Spice)
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998. She was appointed a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Population Fund in the same year.