So I’m a 90’s baby. I grew with all kinds of amazing women influencing me, specifically through music. I have always loved singing, and of course, Shania Twain has always been an idol of mine, which is why I was beyond excited to see her in Nashville over the weekend!
However, I also grew up listening to and idolizing the Spice Girls. Like most girls my age, we spent our recess debating on who was who. Before BuzzFeed quizzes, we would analyze one another and determine which Spice Girls we were. That catch was that no one could be duplicated.
Luckily my group of friends had a blonde, a brunette, a redhead and a black girl. So the brunette was sporty, I the blonde was Baby, the redhead was Ginger, and the Black girl was Scary (we only had 4, so no one was Posh). Although many of us possessed many different qualities, it came down to our appearance every time.
I think that this stark categorization of women from such an early age is a shame. I remember feeling confused and frustrated because I felt like both Baby Spice and Sporty Spice. I could never understand why I could not be both. To this day I feel like I have to choose.
The reality is women are not confined to one version of themselves. Women can be sporty and cute at the same time. However, these labels make it hard for women to feel comfortable in their own skin. It makes them feel the need to keep up appearances and present themselves in a certain way in order to be liked and respected.
I think that women should be as many Spice Girls as they want. I believe that there is no limit to how you present yourself and want to be perceived. Be who you want and need to be in the moment and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You define your truth and no one else. Spice up your life and be who you were meant to be.