Ginger Spice becomes a UN Goodwill Ambassador
Geri Halliwell also speaks out for breast cancer awareness
After the fab five became the fab four in May, EW’s semi-regular Spice-o-Meter turned bland as milk (or at least as a Spice Girl ballad). But we’re licking our lips again. Oddly, it was Geri Halliwell (who’ll always be Ginger Spice to us), 26, who peppered the news. After a few months’ gestation — aswirl with rumors of possible film projects (Charlie’s Angels) and stage musicals (The Life) — Halliwell went from raising eyebrows to raising awareness. On Oct. 20 she was named, of all things, a U.N. goodwill ambassador. The next day, Halliwell spoke at a Manhattan press conference for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (”The only cure we have is education,” she urged). She followed that with a spot on Larry King Live. Then it was back to showbiz: Halliwell, who’s currently featured on the cover of Allure, signed a $3 million record deal with EMI. For their part, other Spicers are turning domestic: A four-month-pregnant Scary Spice just married dancer Jimmy Gulzar, with an also-expecting Posh Spice in attendance. Meanwhile, baby-less Baby Spice appeared — gasp! — solo on the cover of Gear. Could there be another defection in the ranks?