Mel B, AKA Scary Spice, says that without the LGBTQ+ community, The Spice Girls “wouldn’t have really happened.”
The Spice Girls are known for pop perfection, iconic outfits, and fierce attitudes, but they are also famously strong allies of the LGBTQ+ community. They are the best-selling girl group of all time, and Mel B credits the queer community for the group’s success.
“I think it’s been everything and they’ve been there for us from the very, very start,” she told Metro.
Mel B is bisexual herself and was rumored to have a year-long relationship with Gerri Halliwell (Ginger Spice).
Ever since Mel B was introduced to the queer and drag scenes, she has been fascinated and inspired by them.
“I definitely think we’ve been influenced. Yeah, I mean, our hair and makeup, our platforms, our girl power, our kind of influence on ourselves and other women. Yeah, definitely. And you can’t get better than the gays and the drag scene embracing you, and we’ve been embraced by both since the start of our career,” she said.
All members of the Spice Girls have been outspoken about supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Recently, when receiving an honorary award at the 2022 Attitude Awards, Mel C (Sporty Spice), said that the Spice Girls ‘Girl Power’ brand was just as much about ‘Gay Power’.
“The Spice Girls were about embracing individuality,” Mel C said. “Everybody was invited into our gang. It wasn’t just Girl Power, it was Gay Power.”
Currently, Mel B is a judge on the second season of Queen of the Universe, a drag queen singing competition, alongside Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, and Vanessa Williams. Mel B says she has the “best seat in the house” and continues to be amazed by drag performers.
“I mean, what they have to go through and what they put their body through. From the corsets, to this and that and their hair and makeup, it’s like putting on a whole different mask that stays flawless for hours.”