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Because once you find that confidence, nothing can keep you down.
I wore those same Mary Quant heels in the Spice Girls' first-ever music video, for our debut single, "Wannabe," just a few years later in 1996.
Every day, the five of us would pile into my little Fiat Uno and go to the British Council–run rehearsal studio to work on our vocals and dance routines and write songs for our debut album together.
A month later, I picked up Mel B from the train station—I remember thinking, And so, just like that, we were a band: Emma, Mel B, Melanie C, Victoria, and myself. Five girls living together in a small three-bedroom house in Maidenhead, just outside London, was lots of fun, albeit at times tricky.Mel B and I became partners in crime, always getting into trouble together.Victoria and I had an equal, quite adult relationship.I actually missed the first round of auditions because I was visiting my grandmother in Spain, but something told me to ring the managers behind the ad, Chris and Bob Herbert from Heart Management, to ask if they were still looking. Before I went into the audition room, six weeks after that first open-audition date—I'd kept the ad stuck on my mirror the whole time—I made sure I was as prepared as I could be.I knew it would take more than the right vocal technique to nail it, so I tried to make sure I projected a lot of confidence and brought lots of energy, which thankfully (and maybe owing to my trusted Mary Quants) worked.