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Now that's NOT posh: Diners gawp as Mel B arrives at Miami restaurant in a see-through kaftan

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
By Chris Johnson

Sssizzling: Melanie Brown dressed in a very revealing ensemble as she headed out for lunch at a posh Italian restaurant in Miami yesterday, dressed in a yellow bikini and gold-thread kaftan


Most might dress a little more conservatively when dining out at a posh Italian restaurant.

But fearless Melanie Brown is not most people - so as she headed out for lunch at Quattro Gastronomie Italiana, she thought nothing of slipping into an eye-catching yellow bikini.

The only shred of modesty that adorned her toned frame was a luxurious, gold-thread kaftan - but even that was see-through so did little to save her blushes.

Not that gregarious Mel was blushing. In fact, the former Spice Girl appeared to be revelling in her revealing ensemble, as she confidently strutted down the street in Miami yesterday, tottering on a pair of skyscraper peep-toe heels.

However, the former Scary Spice, 34, got a scare herself when she was confronted by a street performer with a boa snake.

Mel kept a safe distance from the creature and looked nervous when it got too close to her.


Lunchtime surprise: Mel took pictures of her husband as he bonded with the snake when the group were approached by a street performer


Zig-a-zig-ahhh! The former Spice Girl looked a little scared as husband Stephen Belafonte handled a boa snake as they dined at Italian restaurant Quattro


However despite looking a little reticent at first, her husband Stephen Belafonte took up the challenge as he let the hissing animal slither around his neck.

The film producer got into his stride and grew in confidence as he handled the yellow and white boa.

Mel's outift might have matched the colour of the snake, but the similarity didn't persuade her to bond with the reptile.

Instead she took photos of Stephen on her mobile phone as they sat at the restaurant with a group of friends.

Later the former Spice Girl got dressed into her tennis whites for the opening of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Centre in Florida.

The former Dancing With The Stars contestant teamed up with male world no.2 Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic in an exhibition match with singer Jay Sean, who was paired with Ana Ivanovic, a former world no.1 Serbian professional.

The high-adrenaline match was hotly contested from start to finish with Mel B and Jay Sean keeping the crowd engaged. But in the end it was Jay and Ana who won in the closing minutes and claimed the Glam.Set.Match title.


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Doubles: Singer Jay Sean, former female world no.1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic, DJ Benji B, Mel B and ATP player Novak Djokovic participate in Glam.Set.Match game to kick off the Sony Ericsson Open yesterday


Sporty: She got into her tennis whites as she played a celebrity match at Crandon Park Tennis Centre in Florida


Opening party: Mel dressed in a short strapless white dress for the after-party, having arrived earlier in casual jeans, green T-shirt and knee-high boots


Afterwards, Mel said: 'Playing in this match was an amazing experience, as not only am I really competitive when it comes to sport, but I had the chance to play with Novak, who is undoubtedly one of the best players around right now!

'I love the glamour and buzz of Miami so being here and playing tennis in front of this fantastic audience was just great!'

The Sony Ericsson Open is a 12-day tournament featuring the top 96 men and women tennis players in the world.

Later she attended the opening party night, which also saw the likes of tennis star siblings Venus and Serena Williams attend.


Gladrags: Tennis star sisters, from left, Serena and Venus Williams, British glamour model Lauren Pope and female world no.2 Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki


source: dailymail