I was about 14 when the Spice Girls first rose to fame… I hated them.

I was an insecure 14-year-old girl, and they were everything I thought I wasn’t… attractive, mega confident, loud, ballsy, slim, all the boys fancied them…. I decided they were a threat and I hated them.

I’m embarrassed to admit it now.

As with many things, as I got older, I changed my mind.

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been watching ‘How Girl Power Changed the World’ and I’ve found it so interesting.

Have you seen it?

Last night, it was talking a lot about the media – how the media pitted women against each other, how women were portrayed as only being for male gratification, and how the media constantly criticised the Spice Girls’ bodies and appearances.

The episode showed a clip of TFI Friday where Chris Evans weighed Victoria ON TV 12 weeks after she’d given birth to Brooklyn. I was astounded.

There were endless media articles about Geri’s weight too.

Geri was reportedly 6 stone when she left the Spice Girls and released solo material.
By this time, I LOVED Geri, and I loved her very slim appearance.

I wanted to look just like her.

However, it’s reported that Geri suffered with bulimia so while millions of teenage girls, like me, wanted to be just like her, she was actually really poorly.
This isn’t Geri’s fault, and I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been for her to go through all this in the public eye under constant scrutiny.

This programme raised so many questions for me and made me think about so much.

I honestly believe it’s no wonder that so many women around my age hate their bodies.

We grew up with the media constantly criticising what famous women looked like, and bloody weighing them on TV programmes.
We were told that the most important thing was to be sexy and attractive to men and it was unacceptable to have cellulite, fat rolls, or a belly.
The shocking thing was, it was women in the media telling us this, as well as men.

I know things have changed a lot since the 90s – some things for the better, other things for the worse – but I, for one, am glad that we’re starting to see a backlash against body shaming and all of this sh*t.