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Adele Just Revealed Who Her Surprising Role Model Is

February 12th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

Musical sensation Adele, an unapologetic individualist, just revealed that popular '90s girl band the Spice Girls greatly influenced her strong-willed identity at a young age, particularly Geri Halliwell (also known as Ginger Spice).

Speaking to Vogue for the publication's cover story on her, Adele said the Spice Girls provided a sense of "hope" given their signature Girl Power message, an empowering anthem for women of all ages. Adele also appreciated the group's "humble" beginnings, and could relate as the child of a single mother growing up in England.

“People always think I joke about this, but the Spice Girls blew up when I was seven," Adele said. "And seeing them coming from a humble background — there was hope in it. It was really a massive part of my life when the whole Girl Power thing happened."

She fleshed out her feelings about the Spice Girls and Halliwell in a video for Vogue's cover story.

"I connected to Geri [Halliwell] and ended up finding myself at quite a young age," she said.

Adele, who famously broke *NSYNC's single-week U.S. album sales record with her album "25" late last year, also said that her mom fueled her independent streak.

"My mum was brilliant at always encouraging me and supporting me to be myself and never form into something because everyone else was doing it," Adele said in the video, adding that she used to think that authority figures, age, and elders were the ultimate definition of power. Now, she views power as having the ability to make one's own choices.

"I kind of define power now by having the confidence to make your own decisions and not be swayed by other people," Adele said. "Be brave and fearless to know that even if you do make the wrong decision, you made it for a good reason."

Adele added that while she makes hasty moves at times, she never regrets taking ownership of her life.

"I'm ballsy, I have guts, and I'm not afraid of anyone," she said. "The only one I'm afraid of is myself."

It doesn't get more Girl Power than that.

Watch Adele's full video for Vogue below:

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