From the early days as a member of one of Britain’s most successful girlbands Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl, has cemented herself as one of the country’s most recognisable and photographed stars. Despite being married to arguably the world’s most famous footballer and style icons, the 36 year-old has has scaled the heady heights of celebrity to become fashion royalty.
Entering the limelight as Victoria Adams, “Posh Spice” was central to the Spice Girls, the five-piece group that hit the charts with its first single Wannabe in 1996 and changed the face of British culture over the coming years.
The mother of three boys became known for her love of her ”little black dress” and killer heels, marking her early interest of fashion.
The Spice Girls’ message of ”girl power” spread with sell-out tours and chart-topping albums and attracted a massive following, which included the then-Manchester United midfielder David Beckham, 35.
Victoria and David, whose performances on the football pitch earned him the nickname “Golden Balls”, met in 1997 and the chemistry was almost instant.
The pair soon became Britain’s golden celebrity couple and were engaged a year later.
In March 1999, Victoria gave birth to her first son Brooklyn, which is said to be the name of the location where he was conceived.
Four months later, the Beckhams enjoyed a sumptuous wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, with Victoria opting for a £60,000 Vera Wang wedding dress.
Meanwhile, the Spice Girls were rocked when Geri Halliwell quit the band and decided to take a break from recording in 2000.
Victoria seized the chance to launch an eponymous solo album in 2001, which featured the single Not Such An Innocent Girl, but the record could not match the success she enjoyed with the band.
The ambitious former Spice Girl collaborated with Damon Dash, an American hip hop producer, making frequent trips to the US in a bid to boost her solo career.
But despite failing to impress the critics with her efforts, Victoria achieved four top-ten singles between 2000 and 2004 including Out Of Your Mind, a collaboration with Dane Bowers.
As well as her solo career, Victoria also had to contend with rumours that her marriage was in crisis amid allegations that David had been unfaithful.
But she tackled the media assault with a flurry of television appearances in which she stressed her commitment to David and the couple’s desire for more children.
She also began her transition from the music business to the fashion world after her first appearance on the runway for London Fashion Week in 2000.
Since then, she has been the face of Dolce and Gabbana and Marc Jacobs, as well as teaming up with her husband to model for Armani.
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