It was 20 years ago that the Spice Girls became huge stars after their anthem “Wannabe” hit the charts, steamrolling everything in their path. You can pretend all you want that you don’t know the words, but their debut song was not only catchy as hell but it came with quite the statement. Sporty, Scary, Posh, Baby and Ginger preached about girl power and the world listened.
Fast forward to today. Project Everyone is here to tell world leaders what they want, what they really, really want with a feminist revamp of the 1996 song. Don’t fret, Spice Girls loyalists, they didn’t rewrite the lyrics; rather, they recreated the video with a different kind of girl power. The stars of the new vid (including British R&B group M.O., Canadian dancer Taylor Hatala and Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez) lip sync and dance around while highlighting global aims like ending violence against girls, girls’ rights to a quality education, ending child marriage and equal pay for equal work. Zig-a-zig ha!
“2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women,” reads the video’s YouTube description. “If you make the noise, we’ll get your message to world leaders at the UN in September.”
The campaign has won over several stars, including Victoria Beckham, who told The Guardian, “How fabulous it is that after 20 years, the legacy of the Spice Girls’ girl power is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation?”
Mel C. also chimed in on Twitter:
— Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic) July 5, 2016
Back then it was about a group of very different women uniting and bonding but “Wannabe”‘s feminist treatment is exactly what the world needs now.