After Little Mix’s performance on X Factor earlier this month, you probably heard about the drama that followed; the band were labelled ‘strippers’ for wearing sexy outfits on set.
One of their critics was none other than Mel C - aka Sporty Spice - who said they were “getting more provocative”, harking back to the Spice Girls days as “a more innocent time”.
And the star certainly hasn’t backed down from her views since, as she recently re-asserted her points once again while speaking at an event.
As part of the AOL Build Series in London, she said: “My question is why do young girls want to be portrayed in that way?”
“In my experience, I wore tracksuits. I never felt that us girls as Spice Girls were never put under any pressure to be sexy.”
Earlier this month, Mel C criticised the group for being too sexualised, and though she acknowledged the pressure on young women to look attractive, she urged the girl group to stay un-sexy:
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“All young women want to look sexy and hot so I understand it’s hard. But I think it’s such a shame.”
“We live in a narcissistic age – it’s 100% worse than when I was in the Spice Girls. It was a more innocent time.”
Little mix are so over everyone slut shaming them let them live omfg
— amanda ✨ | 16 (@crybabymixer) October 21, 2016
But as often happens when we reminisce about the ‘good old days’, were the mid-90s really more innocent? Sure, social media wasn’t a thing - as Mel pointed out while recalling how rebellious it felt stealing their PA’s Filofax - but were the Spice Girl days really “more innocent”?
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