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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victoria Beckham (née Adams), (born April 17, 1974 in Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire, England) is an English singer, songwriter, fashion designer and television personality. Beckham is part of the pop group Spice Girls, and was dubbed 'Posh Spice' as part of the pop group. Since the Spice Girls followed separate careers, Beckham has released four UK Top 10 singles.

She is also known for being married to British football player David Beckham. Her career and marriage to David Beckham have made her both the fifty-second richest woman in Britain and the six hundred and nineteenth richest person in Britain with husband David, with an estimated joint wealth of £112 million.

Music career

Spice Girls

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Victoria Beckham (then Adams) joined the all-girl band Spice Girls, first called "Touch," in 1994, together with Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm. The group's first single, "Wannabe," went to number one in the UK and the U.S., and would be followed by eight other hugely successful number one singles from their albums Spice and Spiceworld. Each member of the group received a nickname from the media: Victoria became "Posh Spice,". The group would become one of the most successful acts of the 1990s, selling in excess of fifty-five million records worldwide. After the release of their third album, Forever, which was much less successful than their previous two albums, the Spice Girls stopped recording, and Victoria would eventually take steps toward a solo career.

In 2007, the Spice Girls confirmed that they have reformed and are due to go on tour. Just a year earlier on February 26, 2006, Victoria Beckham stated in an interview with the Sunday Mirror: "I'm never going to sing again, unless it was a chance to do something with the Spice Girls. I don't really miss the shows we did together. I miss the girls more. I see Geri a lot — I love her, she's amazing. I speak to the others from time to time. I love them too and miss them." Beckham also declared that she and her former Spice colleagues were enjoying their solo careers in various fields. She said: "We're all still doing our own thing."

Virgin Records

In August 2000, Victoria released her first solo single: "Out Of Your Mind", a collaboration with the Garage act the Truesteppers and Dane Bowers. The week of release coincided with the release of "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" by Spiller ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, resulting in a chart battle dubbed 'Posh vs. Posher' by the tabloids. Following a huge publicity campaign, "Out Of Your Mind" was outsold by 20,000 copies and debuted at number two with first week sales of 180,584 copies.

Beckham signed a recording contract with her group label Virgin Records. Her true debut single as a solo artist, "Not Such An Innocent Girl", was released in September 2001. Again, she faced competition in another hugely hyped chart battle, this time with Kylie Minogue's single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Beckham was unlikely to beat Kylie, but she gave the project huge promotion, and the record had an expensive and futuristic video. In the week of release, the tabloid newspaper The Sun ran a daily progress chart covering the chart battle, but they gave up half way through the week when it was clear the battle was a one horse race. A potential factor attributable to Beckham's weaker sales could be the due to the media furor she created after wearing a fake lip ring during a live performance in Birmingham, an event that also saw her getting booed and pelted with fruit by a hostile public. She was widely criticised by many groups, including the British Dental Association, for setting a bad example that her younger fans may wish to emulate. "Not Such An Innocent Girl" did, nevertheless, sell respectably in the UK and was a #1 hit in the Philippines.

Beckham's eponymously titled debut album reached number 10 in the UK album chart. The album featured the much talked about "Every Part Of Me", a song co-written by Beckham and dedicated to her son, Brooklyn, who features at the start, Brooklyn's 'part' allegedly being an off-chance recording which took place during a recording session break.

The second and final single to be released from the album was "A Mind of Its Own" The single reached number 6 in the UK and sold 56,500 copies. Some speculate that due to its not hitting the Top 3, rumours started spreading that Beckham was soon to be dropped by her label. These were refuted at the time.

A third single, "I Wish", was promoted but never materialised. The single version was a remix featuring Robbie Craig, and was performed on TV on Friday Night's All Wright. Many hoped this single would revitalise the album's fortunes, but following the announcement of Beckham's second pregnancy it was shelved, and Beckham was dropped from the label Virgin Records.

The Telstar / 19 Management era

Telstar Records signed Victoria in 2002 in a deal made with Simon Fuller's 19 Management. She spent much of 2002 recording a 'pop-influenced' album, but Beckham allegedly shelved it after not being happy with the results. Instead of pop, Beckham wanted to record tracks with a more RnB and hip hop influence, and to accomplish this she began working with urban producer Damon Dash. There were some unsubstantiated rumours regarding both Dash and Beckham at the time. These plans reportedly worried Telstar and Simon Fuller, but they compromised with Beckham, allowing her to release a Dash produced track ("This Groove") along-side one of her earlier pop tracks ("Let Your Head Go") from the shelved album.

The resulting double A-side single "Let Your Head Go / This Groove" was released in the UK in late-December 2003, following heavy promotion and many TV appearances across the Christmas period. The single charted well at #3. This double A-side remains Victoria's last single release to date.

As another compromise, Telstar allowed Beckham to release some of her urban tracks on "The Real Beckhams" DVD. This 2003 documentary was released in January 2004, and bonus material included the videos for "Let Your Head Go" and "This Groove", as well as four previously unreleased tracks: "Resentment", "That Dude", "Me And You This Time" and "Valentine" (none of the songs had a writing credit from Beckham). "Resentment" has since been covered by Beyoncé Knowles and released on her solo album B'Day (2006).

Outside of the UK, Damon Dash had plans for Beckham in the United States, including a potential release of "Let Your Head Go / This Groove" under the name of "Posh Spice Victoria Beckham". The release was proposed for sometime between March to May 2004, but never occurred. A Dash produced track "It's That Simple" featuring M.O.P. was promoed to vinyl, and received a premiere on BBC urban music radio station 1Xtra. This only generated further criticism, with the feeling being that Beckham was a far from convincing urban act. Around this time, a 90-second snippet of a track called "Come Together" was released to the media, which was notable for sampling the Beatles' song of the same name.

With the UK media describing her music career a failure, and combined with a rumored fall out between Dash and Fuller, remaining plans for Victoria's music career were canceled. To try and salvage her music career, Beckham again began work on pop-styled tracks in 2004. It is known that she recorded a track she had written with Cathy Dennis entitled "My Love Is For Real" (not to be confused with the Paula Abdul song of the same name). With the collapse of Telstar Records, the pressure to stay with her family caused by the Rebecca Loos scandal, and the announcement of Beckham's third pregnancy, this song has never been heard, except for a remix by Armand van Helden.

Fashion career

In 2000, Victoria Beckham made a guest appearance on the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel. Beckham has also appeared on the runway for her close friend Roberto Cavalli and was for a period exclusively dressed by him for red-carpet and social events.

In 2004, Beckham designed a fashion line for Rock and Republic called 'VB Rocks,' consisting mainly of jeans for the high end of the market (retailing at approximately $300 in the U.S.). She has also worked on a range of women's clothes including shirts and skirts. The clothing features a logo of a crown with the letters "VB". In September 2006, Beckham ceased working with Rock and Republic in order to launch her own Denim label. The new line of Beckham's jeans collection is called DVB Style.

Beckham was briefly the face of Rocawear, and has for or a number of years produced a range of handbags and jewellery in association with the Japanese store Samantha Thavasa. In July 2006, Victoria Beckham released a line of sunglasses (which she had been seen wearing at the World Cup games). In September 2006, 'Intimately Beckham', a his-and-her fragrance line in association with Coty the world's largest fragrance house was launched. Around the same time Beckham launched her new official website which follows her fashion work.

In June 2007 Beckham was a judge at London's annual Graduate Fashion Week alongside Zandra Rhodes.

On June 5, 2007, she won two British Glamour Magazine Awards: one for "Woman of the Year" and another for "Entrepreneur of the Year," which celebrated her fashion achievements.

On June 14, 2007 Beckham launched her dVb denim collection in NYC at the high-end Saks Fifth Avenue, along with unveiling her eyewear range in the US for the first time.


Her autobiography, entitled Learning to Fly, was the 3rd best selling non-fiction title of 2001 and the total UK sales stand at more than 500,000 copies. The title was taken from a line in a song from the musical Fame, which Victoria adored as a child.

Beckham is widely believed to have told a Spanish journalist in 2005 that "I've never read a book in my life". Although often used to criticise and ridicule Victoria, this 'quote' was actually a mistranslation from the original Spanish in which the interview was printed - she actually stated she never had time to finish reading a book because she was always running around after her children.

Her second book, a fashion book titled That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything In Between, was published on October 30, 2006. It was co-written by Hadley Freeman, deputy fashion editor of The Guardian and a contributing editor of Vogue and includes photography by Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel. On the Sunday Times Book Charts, the book stood at #2.


Over the course of her career, Beckham has shot five official reality documentaries.

The first of which, entitled Being Victoria Beckham, focused on Beckham discussing her career as a solo artist, with the release of her first album, also showing her at various photo shoots and recording sessions. The second, The Real Beckhams, focussed on the Beckhams' move to Madrid from London after David was signed to Real Madrid. It also featured Beckham re-launching her solo career and showed her mocking the tabloid stories she reads in the paper every day. This particular special was released on DVD.

The third was called Full Length & Fabulous: The Beckhams' World Cup Party, which followed Victoria and David Beckham organising and making preparations to host a World Cup Party at a marquee in the grounds of their mansion in Hertfordshire, which aimed to raise money for their charity. The documentary also filmed the event itself, where the menu was designed especially by friend and chef Gordon Ramsay and the charity auction was hosted by Graham Norton. The fourth being titled Victoria's Secrets is rare and much sought after by fans, little detail is known about it aside from it being aired only in the U.K.

To document Victoria Beckham's preparations for her family's move to America, she signed a deal with NBC for six episodes of a half-hour unscripted reality tv series. The show is called Victoria Beckham: Coming to America and aired on Monday July 16, 2007 in America and Canada. The show was savaged by the American media and critics, where amongst other reviews, The New York Post described the show as "an orgy of self-indulgence" and also described Beckham as "vapid and condescending". It became the third most watched programme in its time-slot and received viewing figures of 4.9 million in America, beaten by a repeat of Wife Swap and two sitcoms. Despite the originally planned six episodes, the show was cut to a one hour special only. The programme aired in Britain on July 17, 2007 on ITV with 3.5 million viewers tuning in. The programme was produced by Simon Fuller who will be managing her and the Spice Girls on their come back tour, which will begin as early as November of 2007. Despite a TV show in the works, Victoria has denied plans to embark upon an LA movie career.

In July 2007, it was announced that Beckham was shortly to begin filming a cameo appearance playing herself in an episode of the second season of ABC's hit series Ugly Betty.

Personal life

Beckham's parents are Anthony William and Jacqueline Adams. She has a younger sister, Louise, and a younger brother, Christian. She attended Jason Theatre School in Hoddesdon. At 17, she started going to the Laine Arts Theatre College in Epsom, Surrey. Beckham later enjoyed huge success as 'Posh Spice' in the girl band, The Spice Girls. Victoria started dating footballer David Beckham in 1997, and the couple were dubbed "Posh and Becks" by the media. Beckham proposed to Victoria on 24 January 1998 in a restaurant in Cheshunt, England, and their first son, Brooklyn Joseph, was born on 4 March 1999. The two were married at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland on 4 July 1999, and the wedding attracted tremendous media coverage. Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's son Brooklyn, then four months old, was the ring bearer. The media were kept away from the ceremony, as the Beckhams had an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine, but newspapers were still able to obtain photographs showing them sitting on golden thrones. 437 staff were employed for the wedding reception, which was estimated to have cost £500,000. The Beckhams' second son, Romeo James, was born on 1 September 2002; a third son, Cruz David, followed on February 20, 2005 in Madrid, Spain. The Beckhams are also known for their close friendship with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

After many preparations, Victoria and David Beckham moved to Los Angeles where David has been signed to play for the LA Galaxy soccer team. On arrival in America on July 13, 2007, the couple were met by hundreds of paparazzi and media representatives, causing a media frenzy. They are now residing in a $22 million Beverly Hills mansion with 10 security guards. To create publicity for their move to America, the couple were photographed in their underwear for the fashion magazine, W. In an interview for the magazine, Victoria Beckham said that David's alleged affair with Rebecca Loos made their relationship stronger.

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