GOLD SPICE; after Years Struggling with the Way She Looks, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell Is at Last Happy in Her Own Skin - Flaunting Her Curves in Her New High-Street Swimwear Collection. Here She Talks to LIZ JONES about Body Image, Mellow Motherhood, the Rich Legacy (and A-List Fans) of the Spice Girls - and Finding Love with an Alpha Male

Daily Mail (London), January 29, 2011 | Go to article overview

GOLD SPICE; after Years Struggling with the Way She Looks, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell Is at Last Happy in Her Own Skin - Flaunting Her Curves in Her New High-Street Swimwear Collection. Here She Talks to LIZ JONES about Body Image, Mellow Motherhood, the Rich Legacy (and A-List Fans) of the Spice Girls - and Finding Love with an Alpha Male


Byline: Liz Jones

I've seen remarkably few celebrities naked. But I have seen Geri Halliwell in just her knickers. It was ten years ago, we were on a magazine cover shoot in Los Angeles, and Geri was trying to decide what to put on. I remember she was as small as a ten-year-old. This was during Geri's super-aerobicised, super-Ashtanga-yogafied period. She had requested only vegetables and brown rice on the shoot. She seemed tense, lonely and, despite the nakedness, terribly unhappy in her own skin .

What a difference a decade makes. I meet Geri again in her lovely home in North London. I'm not supposed to tell you about her house, but I can't resist revealing that it's all warm wood, huge sofas and perfect roses, everywhere. She is in a long sweater and over-the-knee socks, hair still wet from the shower. Not much make-up, apart from a slick of mascara. 'I remember that shoot,' she says, tucking her legs under her on the sofa. 'I wore minimal make-up and my own T-shirt. And I remember the superstar photographer just sat there snoozing while all his minions set up the shot, then he just pressed a button!'

I ask how the past ten years have treated her. She's now 38, and has become a mum, for starters. Her daughter Bluebell is four and a half. She laughs. 'My daughter is the biggest gift; I've said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instil good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline.'

The biggest transformation is that Geri now seems happy with how she looks. She has just designed a range of swimwear for Next, and modelled the collection for the catalogue. She spreads the bikinis and proofs of the photos on her huge wooden coffee table. 'I always find it hard to find a bikini that fits me, because I have quite big breasts. There's intelligence in the structure - there's an architect involved in making your boobs look good, does that make sense? And the prices are reasonable.'

She says that because her weight has always been up and down - 'I've had small boobs, big boobs, curvy bum, skinny bum' - she knows what works for different body shapes. 'I've got one of those bodies that fluctuates, so I've had to really think about the construction. You know when you feel you've got a bit of a tummy? On holiday you want to eat well, have that freedom. This range is cut to flatter your body.'

She says she has been very hands-on in the design process, and I tell her that every celebrity always says that. 'I always loved fashion but I've never been a slave to it. I've always collected swatches of fabric I like, so I was able to show them exactly what I wanted. Even in the Spice Girls, I would always have input into the costumes. That dress I wore for the Brits was my idea: someone sent me a black Gucci dress so I sewed on a Union Jack tea towel to liven it up a bit.' Why hasn't she designed a collection before now? 'The funny thing is, I was a shop assistant in Next, a Saturday girl. The collaboration just feels right.'

I ask if she went on a diet and exercise binge before the catalogue shoot. She suffered from bulimia when she was younger, and was addicted to exercise. 'Coming up to it, my natural instinct would have been to sort my body out, embark on a mad regime. But I don't have time because I'm a mother; all I did was walk Bluebell to school. The thing is, when I feel like I have to lose weight, the opposite happens. I remember stuffing loads of chocolate on the plane to the shoot, and I thought, "Why don't you have the courage to show up in a body that's natural, not overly worked out?"'

She tells me the people at Next offered to airbrush the photos. 'I said, "Don't airbrush them. I don't mind a little help but don't make my body look what it isn't. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

GOLD SPICE; after Years Struggling with the Way She Looks, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell Is at Last Happy in Her Own Skin - Flaunting Her Curves in Her New High-Street Swimwear Collection. Here She Talks to LIZ JONES about Body Image, Mellow Motherhood, the Rich Legacy (and A-List Fans) of the Spice Girls - and Finding Love with an Alpha Male
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.