Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham came to fame as Posh Spice in the largest girl band of all time and has now managed to make a name for herself as a fashion designer.

Mother of four, football Wag, fashion designer and Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham was born Victoria Caroline Adams on 17 April 1974 in Hertfordshire. She is the eldest of the three children of Jacqueline and Anthony Adams, who worked as an electronics engineer and later founded an electronics wholesale business.

This meant that Victoria and her siblings Louise and Christian led a comfortable lifestyle. From a young age, she took ballet lessons and was enrolled at the Jason Theatre School after watching 'Fame' and deciding she wanted a career in music. She then attended St Mary's High School where she didn't like her father dropping her off in their Rolls Royce. Victoria was frequently bullied and often felt like an outsider.

Victoria then enrolled at Laine Theatre Arts School in Epsom, Surrey in 1991 for a three-year-course on dancing and modelling. At the age of 20 years, she moved to London to pursue a career in dance. Her big break happened when she answered an ad for an energetic and hard-working young woman for a girl band in 1993. Out of 400 women, she was chosen to form part of the group.

This was the beginning of her career as the band were called The Spice Girls, which was created by manager Chris Herbert. By mid-1993, all the members had been chosen – Victoria, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell. As the band wanted more creative control, they parted with Herbert and signed with Brian Fuller. He helped them sign a contract with Virgin Records.

All five girls developed their own personas, which reflected what they wore on stage. Victoria became Posh Spice and was often seen on stage wearing little black dresses and heels. In 1996, they released their debut album 'Spice' and its lead single 'Wannabe' saw them reach the top of the charts in both the UK and US. This was followed by second single 'Say You'll Be There', which was also a success.

The band became one of the biggest in the world with their message of Girl Power and merchandise that appealed to young girls. In 1997, they released 'Spiceworld', which included the Christmas number one single '2 Become 1'. The following year, they starred in their own film 'Spiceworld', which had cameos from Elton John, Hugh Laurie and Bob Geldof.

In 1998, Geri Halliwell announced she was leaving the band and while fans were worried this would be the end, the remaining four girls promised to keep going. They released the album 'Forever' in 2000 before deciding to go their own ways.

Victoria chose to pursue a solo career releasing 'Out Of Your Mind' in collaboration with Dane Bowers and Truesteppers on 14 August 2000. It peaked at number two in the UK charts. She then signed a deal with Virgin Records and went on to release singles 'Not Such An Innocent Girl', 'A Mind of Its Own' and a self-named album.

On 29 December 2003, she released 'Let Your Head Go/This Groove', which reached number three. This was her final solo track. In 2007, the Spice Girls reunited to release a Greatest Hits with Halliwell and play a series of concerts into 2008. They also appeared together twice in 2012 – first to launch the Spice Girl musical 'Viva Forever' and secondly to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony on 12 August 2012.

While her music career was going from strength-to-strength, her love life was too. She met football player David Beckham at a match in 1997 and they were soon being followed by the tabloids everywhere they went. They were dubbed Posh and Becks. After getting engaged in 1998, Victoria gave birth to their first son Brooklyn Beckham in March 1999.

Victoria and David wed at a castle in Ireland on 4 July 1999. The following year, she invited the cameras into her home in the reality show 'Victoria's Secrets' before writing her autobiography 'Learning To Fly' in 2001. The following year she gave birth to her second son Romeo Beckham.

In 2002, she hit the headlines when the authorities uncovered a plot to kidnap her and hold her for ransom but this never came to pass. The following year, David left Manchester United after 14 years and signed a deal to play for Real Madrid. Victoria followed her husband and settled the family in Spain.

She then started to carve out a name for herself in fashion. One of the most photographed women in the world, she is either a fashion inspiration or disaster depending on her choice of clothes. In 2004, she developed a line of jeans called VB Rocks for the Rock and Republic brand.

In 2005, she gave birth to son Cruz Beckham before moving to Los Angeles, California with her family as David joined the football team LA Galaxy in 2006. They caused a media frenzy and were often snapped with top celebrities, such as Tom Cruise. Victoria also managed to write 'That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between', which imparted her fashion knowledge. Since moving to the US, she has also made friends with Heidi Klum and Eva Longoria.

Victoria then launched her own line of sunglasses in 2007 followed by a line of jeans. She expanded her fashion range in 2008 with a new line of dresses that Beckham said she would wear herself. She then unveiled her own fragrance called Beckham Night and became the model for the Emporio Armani's female underwear range in 2009.

Since then, she has launched a His and Her perfume with her husband and a successful fashion line called VB. She debuted a range of evening gowns at New York Fashion Week in 2008. Her designs were even recognised in the Olympics Closing Ceremony. In 2011, the couple also had their first daughter and called her Harper Seven.