“People always think I joke about this, but the Spice Girls blew up when I was seven, and seeing them coming from a humble background — there was hope in it,” she said. “It was really a massive part of my life when the whole Girl Power thing happened.”
Adele went on to release three hit albums, and become a symbol of female power herself: Her most recent album, 25, was 2015’s best-selling album despite coming out in late November, just over a month before the year ended.
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The singer also discussed her love of the Spice Girls in her Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden for The Late Late Show, where she called the group’s debut “a huge moment in my life.” “It was Girl Power and it was these five ordinary girls who did so well and just got out,” she said. “I was like, I wanna get out. I don’t know what I want to get out of, but I want to get out.”
Read more from Adele’s Vogue story here, and see her cover the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” in Carpool Karaoke below, at around the 5-minute mark.