This post deals with eating disorders and could be triggering for some readers.
In case you needed a reminder that the 90s and noughties were not very kind to female pop stars, here's the story of how Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice was weighed on live television, 12 weeks after giving birth - and no-one batted an eyelid.
Part two of the Spice Girls documentary Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain takes an in-depth look at how the UK tabloid media treated the women during their height of fame, and how their appearances were constantly scrutinised.
One of the most disturbing instances happened in the year 1999 on British show TFI Friday. During an interview with Beckham in front of a live TV audience, presenter Chris Evans (not to be confused with American actor Chris Evans) congratulates her on her weight after giving birth to her first child.
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"Is your weight back to normal?" Evans asks.
"Yeah, it is," Beckham replies.
"Can I check? Do you mind?" Evans stands up and brings out a scale for her to stand on.
"Oh no, you did this to Geri too, didn't you," Beckham groans. (Yes, he did indeed also ask Ginger Spice to stand on the scale during her interview earlier in the show.) "This is horrible!"
She stands on the scale with trepidation. It reads 8 stone (50kg).
"Eight stone's not bad at all!" Evans says as the audience bursts into applause.
The clip, which of course features in the new Spice Girls documentary, has been roundly criticised by, well, pretty much everyone.
Watching the #SpiceGirls documentary on C4 - and I knew this, but wow 90/00s media was savage and just unbelievably woman hating. Men hating women and women hating women.— N a t a l i e (@NataliePonders) September 21, 2021
Chris Evans weighing Victoria Beckham on TFI Friday was disgusting!!