iconic 90s spice girls track finds new life as modern feminist anthem

Victoria Beckham has endorsed the use of the Spice Girls’ first hit, Wannabe, in a video for international gender equality campaign The Global Goals.

by Charlotte Gush
05 July 2016, 5:45pm

In the Spice Girls' 1996 smash hit debut single, Wannabe, what the girls really, really wanted was the mysterious "zig-a-zig-a". Twenty years later and the women following the Girl Power generation have some more concrete ideas about what they really, really want to see in the world, namely: an end to violence against girls, quality education, an end to child marriage, and equal pay for equal work, to name just a few.

Victoria Beckham and Mel C have both endorsed the diverse and internationally-focused remake on social media, with VB commenting on Facebook: "20 years on - Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. I'm so proud of The Global Goals ‪#‎WhatIReallyReallyWant‬," and Mel C adding on Twitter, "Flattered and honoured that our crazy song is being used so beautifully".

The Spice Girls video was remade by The Global Goals, an initiative from the UN that sets out 17 goals for sustainable development; goal 5 of which is gender equality. The Global Goals were signed up to by all 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015, with all 17 goals on the agenda to be achieved by 2030. The campaign has previously been supported by Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe.

"Girl Power has come a long way. Let's take it further," the video says, explaining that supporters should take a picture of want they really, really want to see in order for gender equality to be achieved, and the campaign will deliver these messages to the UN in September. People from all around the world have already contributed their voices to the campaign using the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant.