- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2007

Spice Girls fanatics the world over are chomping at the bit with the recent news of their 11-date reunion tour, set to kick off in December. It marks the full quintet’s first performance together since Geri Halliwell, or Ginger Spice, left in 1998. If these women are serious about the Girl Power message they coined, perhaps they’ll empower one another by sharing some lessons each has learned during the hiatus.

Be 19 again — The Spice Girls fired manager Simon Fuller (19 Entertainment founder and “American Idol” creator) in 1997, but Emma Bunton, or Baby Spice, re-enlisted him for her solo career, and, as we would expect from the man with the Midas touch, he kept her afloat on the U.K. charts. Is she the one who persuaded the rest of the Spices to let 19 take charge of the reunion efforts?

Be Scary — Being Scary Spice is good, as Melanie Brown learned in the ‘90s, but having an even scarier DNA test is the only way to truly get what’s coming to you — in her case, a whole lot of money to help her raise the child Eddie Murphy fathered and initially refused to acknowledge.

Be beautiful — Victoria Beckham, or Posh Spice, doesn’t have the greatest vocal gift, but what does it matter when you look that good in Gucci?

Be a quitter — Geri Halliwell was one of the most talked about pop stars of the previous decade, thanks to her two-week notice and the power that gave her. Quitting the crew may have been the smartest thing she has ever done.

Be subtler — How did Melanie Chisholm, the sportiest Spice, maintain momentum in the biz? She redirected her athletic tendencies, which once manifested in the form of track suits and sports bras, into launching an independent label she founded called Red Girl Records, named after her beloved Liverpool Football Club. She may look a bit softer these days, but her portfolio sure looks stronger.