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New ‘Wannabe’ Video Promotes Important Female Issues: See How the Spice Girls Reacted!

by Rachel McRady 6:33 AM PDT, July 06, 2016
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Girl power! Equalization between the sexes! Twenty years ago, the Spice Girls hit the scene with “Wannabe” and started a legacy of pro-feminist messages and toe-tapping tunes. Now, on the anniversary of the girl group’s first hit single, the organization The Global Goals is using the song to move feminism forward.

Recreating the iconic music video are women from all over the world of different ethnicities and religions all lip syncing in the name of girl power.

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In the clip, the girls sing “I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want” as messages like “End Violence Against Girls” and “Quality Education for All Girls” are held up on banners.

The group then encourages other women to share photos using #WhatIReallyReallyWant so they can pass the messages on to world leaders at the United Nations in September.

Naturally, the Spice Girls are thrilled by the song’s new use and continued relevance two decades later.

Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) posted the clip to Twitter with a simple smiley face, while Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) shared the video, writing, “#girlpower @TheGlobalGoals always supporting.”

Mel C (Sporty Spice) wrote, “Flattered and honoured that our crazy song is being used so beautifully @theglobalgoals #WhatIReallyReallyWant.”

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Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) took it a step further, first writing, “20 years on – Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. So proud of @TheGlobalGoals #WhatIReallyReallyWant,” before sharing her own photo.

The pic is of a handwritten sign that reads, “#WhatIReallyReallyWant… is no more girls dying of HIV! @theglobalgoals. XVB.”

Beckham has been a longtime supporter of the charity mothers2mothers, which aims to educate women in developing nations suffering from HIV.

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