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Geri Halliwell was known as "Ginger Spice" in the all-girl, British pop group the Spice Girls. Halliwell has the most No. 1 singles of any female musician in U.K. history.
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Chosen at an audition,the five members of the Spice Girls--nicknamed Sporty, Scary, Posh, Baby, and Ginger--grew to symbolize “girl power,” and their music’s message struck a chord with thousands of young women.
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With 11 No. 1 singles—seven as a member of the Spice Girls and four as a solo artist—Halliwell has the most No. 1 songs of any British female singer in U.K. chart history.
Halliwell wrote two autobiographies, If Only (1999) and Just for the Record (2002), both chronicling her rise to fame. She also wrote a series of children's books called Ugenia Lavender,
which follows the adventures of a 9-year-old narrator.
Halliwell is expected to release her fourth studio album, Putting On The Bling, in 2012. In addition to her music career, she has appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor, released a series of yoga DVDs and started a bathing suit line.
Halliwell suffered from anorexia and bulimia, until she sought help in 2002. She has said that her hero is Margaret Thatcher.
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