Sorting the Spice rack

Well, it's official: All five Spice Girls, who haven't performed together since 1998, are reuniting for 11 concerts, beginning with a Dec. 7 show right here in L.A. But who can tell Sporty from Baby these days? Here's a little primer to help you zig-a-zig your way through the quintet, shown here in 1997.


Melanie Chisholm

Nom de Spice: Sporty Spice

Because: A penchant for sporting track suits and a tomboy attitude

Age: 33

Notable for: Razor-straight bangs

Post-Spice: The most musically prolific, she has released four studio albums

Dubious distinction: Was long rumored to be the lone holdout in a five-Spice reunion

Little-known fact: Launched her own record label, Red Girl Records, in 2004

Currently: On YouTube, where her video remake of "I Want Candy" has her writhing around in a skintight suit on what appears to be a giant leather lozenge


Emma Bunton

Nom de Spice: Baby Spice

Because: She's the youngest

Age: 31

Notable for: Pigtails, babydoll dresses

Post-Spice: TV appearances, solo albums

Dubious distinction: Placed third in British ballroom dance reality series "Strictly Come Dancing"

Currently: Shilling for Prego pasta sauce in the U.S. and Tesco supermarkets in Britain

Little-known fact: Recently reported to be stepping into the Beyoncé Knowles role in the sequel to last year's "Pink Panther"


Melanie Brown

Nom de Spice: Scary Spice

Because: Leeds accent + attitude + leopard prints apparently = Scary

Age: 32

Notable for: Wild, chaotic tsunami of hair and behavior to match

Post-Spice: Penned an autobiography called "Catch a Fire," appeared as Mimi in a 2004 run in the Broadway production of "Rent"

Dubious distinction: Gave birth to Eddie Murphy's baby — on Murphy's birthday.

Currently: Rumored to be appearing in the fifth season of "Dancing With the Stars"

Little-known fact: Delighting Candice Bergen fans everywhere, she named her baby Angel Iris Murphy Brown


Geri Halliwell

Nom de Spice: Ginger Spice

Because: Often had red (or "ginger") streaks in her hair

Age: 34

Notable for: Sexy outfits — including a famously form-fitting Union Jack dress

Post-Spice: Served as a United Nations goodwill ambassador, recorded solo albums

Dubious distinction: Her decision to go solo was the beginning of the end of the Spice Girls

Currently: Working on a series of children's books featuring a character she created — 9-year-old Ugenia Lavender. The first book is due out next year

Little-known fact: Daughter Bluebell Madonna's godmum is Victoria Beckham


Victoria Beckham

Nom de Spice: Posh Spice

Because: She's a fancy dresser with a passion for high-end fashion

Age: 33

Notable for: Swan-like neck, footballer husband

Post-Spice: Wrote a book, collaborated on a denim line with Rock & Republic

Dubious distinction: FOT (Friend of TomKat)

Currently: Designing jeans and sunglasses, throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

Little-known fact: Named first son Brooklyn after the place where she found out she was pregnant while on a Spice Girls tour.

— Adam Tschorn