The Spice Girls' Mel C reveals how they got their nicknames

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Ever wonder how The Spice Girls got their iconic nicknames?  Melanie C, a.k.a. Sporty Spice, revealed the answer in a recent interview with E!’s Daily Pop.

“Originally, when we were forming as a girl band, we were trying to find out a look,” she explained.  However, she says they were “uncomfortable” all dressing alike, as was typical for pop bands at the time.

So one day, she and her singing partners, which included Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton, noticed they all had their own distinctive sense of style — Mel C in her sweatpants, Geri in something quirky and Mel B like “a leopard.”

Mel C says they thought, “We kind of look great as this mish-mash, let’s just do it.”

And subsequently, when a London-based magazine gave each Spice Girl a nickname — Baby, Sporty, Ginger, etc. — based on their respective styles, Mel C says they decided to “embrace them and run with it.”

Mel C is a contestant on this season’s Dancing with the Stars and even channeled her Sporty Spice alter ego for the premiere: She and her partner Gleb Savchenko danced to the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut album, Spice.

Dancing with the Stars, now in its 30th season, airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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