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This Is How the Spice Girls Got Their Nicknames

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For those wondering why Mel B is “Scary” Spice or how the other Spice Girls got their nicknames, it seems they can be traced back to a lazy journalist who couldn’t be bothered to remember the ladies' actual names.

Mel B revealed the secret behind the girl group's nicknames during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show Tuesday night.

“We had this one journalist who I guess was extremely lazy, and couldn’t bother to learn all of our names and just gave us nicknames. ‘That one’s a bit Scary, that one’s a bit Posh’…and they just kind of stuck,” Mel B said. “He couldn’t be bothered.”

The Spice Girls, otherwise known as Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and, of course, Mel B, ended up embracing the monikers. “It kind of just worked,” she told Colbert. “I like mine, because at least I’m scaring people before I even walk in the room.”

Now if only we could get the five of them to reunite…for real.


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