Article Oct 30, 2016

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Melanie Chisholm: 'The Spice Girls weren't told to be sexy'

The Spice Girls were never put under pressure to be sexy.

The British five piece ruled the charts in the ‘90s, becoming an instant hit thanks to Mel, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Melanie Brown’s Spice alter egos of Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary.

While some of the band may have worn short skirts and cleavage bearing dresses, Sporty Spice Melanie says they were never asked to be sexy.

"In my experience, I wore tracksuits. I never felt that us girls as Spice Girls were ever put under any pressure to be sexy,” she told HuffPost UK as part of its BUILD interviews.

“My question is why do young girls want to be portrayed in that way? There just seems to be a trend of young people being oversexualised extremely young."

Melanie's comments come after she recently aired her views on British girlband Little Mix’s wardrobe choices. Talking to the Sunday People newspaper, Melanie called out their barely there stage costumes, explaining how she is now wary to let her seven-year-old daughter Scarlet watch their performances.

“She is a massive Little Mix fan but I’ve started to be more sparing in what I show her. I don’t let her watch videos by artists that aren’t appropriate for her. That makes me a bit sad,” she sighed.

“All young women want to look sexy and hot so I understand it’s hard. But I think it’s such a shame. We live in a narcissistic age – it’s 100 per cent worse than when I was in the Spice Girls.”

Little Mix star Perrie Edwards was also recently slammed for wearing an “inappropriate” top during an appearance on British TV show The X Factor, as it failed to conceal her nipple piercing.

On Thursday’s (20Oct16) episode of U.K. show This Morning, Perrie’s bandmate Jade Thirlwall hit back at critics.

“It’s a bit double standards, you always see lads with their tops off and everyone congratulates them and woos them, and we get a bit of thigh out and it’s a bit of an issue!” she vented.