Victoria Beckham was born 17 April 1974 and is an English pop singer, businesswoman and fashion designer. She is married to David Beckham and has a net worth of $80 million (£55m).
She first came to fame with the all girl pop group the “Spice Girls” in the late 1990s and had the nickname of “Posh Spice” because of here wealthy upbringing. The group was put together by pop guru Simon Fuller and he is still involved with Victoria Beckham and David Beckham as a joint owner of Beckham Brand Ltd through his company XIX management Ltd.
As a result of the Spice Girls split, Victoria Beckham found success as an international style icon and along with her marriage to David Beckham in 1999 the two of them have forged a worldwide style brand. Though she has been anxious to carve a career of her own and not to be seen to be trailing in David’s footsteps. She has designed jeans for Rock and Republic and then later formed our own denim brand dVb style.
She has released her own range of fragrances and sunglasses called “Intimately Beckham”. She has also developed in association with the Japanese stores Samantha Thavasa and Shiatzy Chen a handbag range as well as jewellery. Victoria Beckham also has released a couple books which have become bestsellers, one of which is her autobiography the other is her guide to fashion.
She has also taken part in reality TV shows about her including “Being Victoria Beckham”, “The Real Beckham’s” and “Beckham: Coming to America”. She has also been a judge on Project runway, Germany’s Next Top Model and American Idol.
Victoria’s maiden name is Adam’s. she was born in Harlow in Essex and brought up in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire. She was the eldest of three children to her mother Jacqueline and father Anthony Adams. Her parents founded an Electronics business which became succesful and gave them a prosperous lifestyle.
This was something which she felt embarrassed at school and she used to plead with her father not to drop her off outside the school in their Rolls-Royce. This is where the “Posh Spice” nickname came from which was created by the media when she became famous in the Spice Girls.
In 1993 she replied to an advert that appeared in The Stage, a British weekly entertainment newspaper. In the ad it stated “looking for girls who could sing and dance, are street smart, extrovert and ambitious”.
In 1994 she joined the all girl group “Spice Girls”. Their first single which was called “Wannabe” was released in 1996 and turned into a worldwide hit with number ones in the United Kingdom and United States.
In the time the group were together there were another nine number one singles and three albums “Spice”, “Spice world” and “Forever”. The Spice Girls were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s selling over 55 million records around the world. After their third album “Forever” which was much less successful than their previous albums and lead to the Spice Girls splitting up and Victoria went on to undertake a solo career.
Despite having signed to Virgin Records and having a huge amount of media hype produced she was not successful in repeating the success she had seen when she was one of the Spice Girls and was eventually dropped by virgin records.
After being written off by the UK tabloids and a further deal which fell apart because the record company went bankrupt she gave up on the music and focused on a fashion career.
It was her fashion sense that has led her to become an international style icon for which she is more well-known for than has been a musician. In 2006 she appeared on the runway at the Milan fashion week and was dressed exclusively by Robert Cavalli for red carpet and social events. Later in 2006 she acted as a fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar when she styled a close friend Katie Holmes for a fashion shoot.
She admits to being addicted to sunglasses and says she collects vintage Gucci’s and Carreras which she says can make almost any outfit look stylish. In 2007 Victoria Beckham won the “Woman of the year” and “Entrepreneur of the year” in the British “Glamour” magazine. In August 2007 she released “Intimately Beckham” collection of fragrances which has been smash hit with over $200 million worth of sales worldwide since its launch.
Victoria Beckham crowned her status as the queen of fashion by appearing on the front cover of three different editions of Vogue magazine in the space of a year.
She met David Beckham in 1997 at a charity football match and started dating him soon after although after their initial date she admitted she didn’t really know who he was because she was never into football. The couple were engaged in 1998 and dubbed “Posh and Becks” by the UK tabloids. They were married on July 4, 1999 at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. The wedding attracted a huge amount of media coverage, but with with OK! Magazine paying £1 million for the exclusive deal most of the mainstream media were kept away from the ceremony.
Victoria and David bought their new home set in 24 acres of land which is affectionately called “Beckingham Palace” by the UK media for £2.5 million in 1999 and given a £3 million renovation soon after.
Victoria and David Beckham have four children, three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and a girl called Harper.
As a result of David Beckham signing to American Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, the family bought a $22 million mansion house in Beverly Hills California and live there when he is playing in the US.
In 2012 after much media speculation Victoria Beckham and the remaining Spice Girls performed a mix of “Wannabe” and “Spice up your life” for the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. They also announced that they were teaming up with Simon Fuller and Judy Kramer to create the musical “Viva forever” affectionately known as Spice Girls the musical which opened on 11 December 2012.