Just as the case was for so many young girls growing up, for Beyoncé, the Spice Girls meant the world.
On Dear Media's Breaking Beauty podcast on Wednesday, Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice, hello) shared a little about why she feels the band made such an impact:
"Accepting who you are, that's what the Spice Girls was always about. It's okay to be different. Let's not try and change who we are. Let's celebrate who we are. Let's celebrate the fact that we're all different."
"I mean, when we talk about Spice Girls – and I don't talk about it that much anymore – but what I remembered, as you were just talking to me about it, is how we inspired lots of young women."
One of whom happened to be none other than Beyoncé.
Beckham added, "I met Beyoncé a few years ago and she actually said to me, 'It was the Spice Girls that inspired me and made me want to do what I do and made me proud to be a girl. I'm proud to be who I am.' ... And when someone like Beyoncé, who is so iconic and such a strong woman, says that she was inspired by the Spice Girls? I think that that's quite something."
The Spice Girls, which included Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell, defined the 1990s and what it meant to have and wield "girl power."
Beyoncé, of course, went on to form Destiny's Child, her own band of girls, in 1990. From 2000 to 2006, it included the popular, best-selling trio we know now: Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Needless to say, they went on to define the decade following the Spice Girls' run.
The Spice Girls aren't the only women who had an impact on Beyoncé, though. It also came to light this week that she was a big fan of the legendary Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla growing up, and even met her once.
The moment was re-enacted in a (slightly corny) brief scene in Netflix's Selena series, and has had Twitter buzzing all week.
In an interview with MTV Trés from way back when, Beyoncé recalled the moment, sharing, "I actually did meet Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston, but I didn't say much to Selena because I wasn't a celebrity. I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn't know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation."
That's girl power for you.
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