Beyoncé Once Told the Spice Girls That They ‘Inspired’ Her to Be a Singer

The Spice Girls have spiced up everyone’s lives, even Beyoncé’s!

In a new interview, Posh Spice — aka Victoria Beckham — revealed that Beyoncé was a big fan of the popular girl group back in the day. In fact, she once told Beckham that the group “inspired” her to not only be a singer but the powerhouse female she’s known as today.

Beyoncé and The Spice Girls
Beyoncé and The Spice Girls | Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images; Ann Summa/Liaison

The Spice Girls encouraged Beyoncé to be her true self

Though they influenced many of their adoring fans, The Spice Girls also left a lasting impression on the Queen Bey herself — Beyoncé — whose career was actually “inspired” by them.

During a recent appearance on Dear Media’s Breaking Beauty podcast, Victoria Beckham revealed that Beyoncé once told her that the British pop stars encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

The Spice Girls
The Spice Girls attending the 14th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1997 | Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

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“I met Beyoncé a few years ago and she actually said to me, ‘It was the Spice Girls that inspired me and made me want to do what I do and made me proud to be a girl. I’m proud to be who I am,'” Beckham recalled. “And when someone like Beyoncé, who is so iconic and such a strong woman, says that she was inspired by the Spice Girls, I think that that’s quite something.”

Being unapologetically themselves is what made The Spice Girls so successful

The Spice Girls were formed in 1994 and were composed of Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, and Geri Halliwell.

Since their rise to fame, the Spice Girls have preached female empowerment and individuality in their music.

With them being unapologetically themselves, the singers have inspired women all over the world to embrace who they are and not be afraid to do what they want, which Beckham believes is what made the group a worldwide phenomenon.

“I look at us all, and it makes me smile because we didn’t care. Whether it was fashion or beauty, we didn’t care,” Beckham said on the podcast. “We wore what made us feel good. We weren’t worried, ‘Is this the newest, coolest?’ We set trends because there was no fear.”

According to the fashion designer, The Spice Girls “inspired lots of young women” as they were all about “accepting who you are.”

“It’s okay to be different,” Beckham continued. “Let’s not try and change who we are. Let’s celebrate who we are. Let’s celebrate the fact that we’re all different.”

Many different powerful women inspire Beyoncé

Though The Spice Girls had a significant impact on Beyoncé’s singing career, they aren’t the only celebrities she’s heavily influenced by.

In 2006, the Grammy winner revealed to Entertainment Weekly the seven things that inspire her music — and a majority of them are powerhouse females.

Beyoncé performing during “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” | Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment

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From Lauryn Hill and Anita Baker to jazz singer Rachelle Ferrell, Beyoncé noted how much these women’s voices have resonated with her over the years and have inspired her when she’s writing music.

Beyoncé also named Diana Ross and Oprah Winfrey, who many can agree are icons in their own rights.

“She’s an all-around entertainer: a great actor, a good singer, and a beautiful, elegant woman,” Bey said of Ross. “She’s one of the few singers able to cross over into really good movies.”

As for Oprah, Beyoncé said she’s “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman.”

Without these powerful women, we may never have had “Halo,” or any of Beyoncé’s other hit singles, so we are forever grateful to them!