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Victoria Beckham - Biography

The fashion mogul and Beckham family matriarch was born on April 17 1974 

Victoria Beckham at Cannes Film Festival
Orin Carlin
Orin CarlinContent Writer
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Victoria Beckham's early life 

Victoria Beckham, then Victoria Caroline Adams, was born on April 17 1974 to parents Tony and Jackie. She admits to wanting to be a star from the age of eight, after seeing the film Fame. The Adams family sent an eight-year-old Victoria to the Jason Theatre School in Enfield, London where she studied until she was 17.

A year later the budding performer moved on to Laine Arts Theatre College in Surrey, taking dancing lessons on the side. Three years later she answered an ad in the magazine The Stage looking for five girls who could sing and dance. It turned out to be her ticket to fame.

Victoria Beckham's music career

The female quintet Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Victoria went on to become The Spice Girls. The girls were all given nicknames; Victoria was known as the 'Posh' one because of her parents' relative wealth.

The band's first single, Wannabe, went straight to number one and, for a few years, the fab five couldn't put a foot wrong. Capturing the imagination of youngsters around the globe, they notched up hit after hit, breaking records in the process.

Everything changed in 1998, however, when the de facto leader of the group, Geri Halliwell, quit. The remaining Spices continued without her for a while, but marriage, motherhood and solo careers began to take precedence.

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Although Victoria released a solo single Not Such An Innocent Girl and self-titled debut album in 2001, her family was increasingly central to her life.

In May 2003, she teamed up with US hip hop artist Damian Dash, but the project fizzled out. The former singer then began to focus her attention on fashion.

Victoria Beckham's fashion career

In 2006 she published the style guide That Extra Half Inch, and created jeans, handbags and a popular range of sunglasses under her DVB brand. "I dreamed of doing my own clothing line even before I was a Spice Girl," she says.

The following year David signed to American soccer team LA Galaxy, and his family July relocated to California, where they made friends with Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Eva Longoria and Kate Beckinsale.

In June 2007, Victoria dipped a toe back into the music scene when she reunited with her fellow Spice Girls to release a greatest hits album, which was followed by a world tour. The girls also joined forces again for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

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Posh's real interest remained her design ventures, however. "It's been so much fun being a Spice Girl and I've loved every minute of it," she announced. "It's been great for my children to see mummy being a pop star. But it's been tough as well because fashion is my passion, not music."

In 2008, Victoria released a spring/summer line of dresses for her eponymous fashion label, which has twice been named brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards. The brand has developed into one of the industry's key players and her roster of muses includes the likes of Kendall Jenner, Florence Pugh and Simone Ashley to name a few. 

In October 2022, a pivotal moment came in the form of her label's Paris Fashion Week debut, after which she was "overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude", according to her Instagram.

Victoria Beckham's personal life

In 1997, when the Spice Girls were at the peak of their popularity and starring in their own movie Spiceworld, Victoria met football star David Beckham. The pair met at a charity football match, and announced their engagement the following year. 

It was a fairytale wedding for the happy couple - Posh and Becks got hitched at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. Victoria wore a diamond coronet, designed by Slim Barrett, and for the reception they wore matching purple outfits.

Victoria and David have four children. They have sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz and their little girl Harper was born in the summer of 2011. Their eldest child Brooklyn is all grown up now, and got married to actress Nicola Peltz in April 2022.

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