A joyful new video set to the Spice Girls’ breakthrough hit highlights what all girls and women really really want – equality.
Twenty years ago the Spice Girls burst into our lives, all platforms, hairdos and midriffs – pointing, pouting and shouting about Girl Power in a manner that was as infectious as it was vague.
Wannabe, the ultimate girl-band singalong, inspired a whole world of karaoke abuse and parodies, and is one of those songs that pretty much everyone knows the words to, even if they struggle with the exact definition of “zigazig-ah”.
(Since you ask, my own version includes the following:
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want
So tell me what you want, what you really really want
I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want
So tell me what you want what you really really want
I wanna-huh I wanna-huh I wanna -huh I wanna-huh
I wanna really really really really really hot bath.)
But I digress. This week we’ve got another good excuse to hear that song again because Project Everyone, founded by Richard Curtis (founder of Comic Relief and the man behind Four Weddings and a Funeral and many other films of that ilk) has made a joyful version of it to highlight The Global Goals for sustainable development.
Launched by the United Nations, the goals are a series of targets to end inequality, injustice, extreme poverty, and to fix climate change for everyone by 2030. You can’t say they’re not ambitious.
And because girls and women all over the world are disproportionately disadvantaged by these issues, they are the stars of this video. And wow, what stars they are.
Inspired by the gleeful ‘follow us around while we show off our dance moves’ style of the original, this video has girls from all backgrounds shaking what their mamas made and pointing to what they really really want now: quality education for girls, an end to child marriage, and equal pay for equal work.
Have a look here:
Ashley Davies is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor and the human behind animal satire website thelabreport.co.uk.