Victoria Beckham: Snapshot

Name
Victoria Beckham
Date of Birth
April 17, 1974
Birth Place
Hertfordshire, England
As "Posh Spice" of Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham helped spread "Girl Power!" around the world clad in the shortest skirts and highest heels. After the departure of member Geri "Ginger" Halliwell, the British condiment du jour released 2000's Forever before disbanding.

Victoria went on to become a part of another British export: the Beckhams – England's other royal family with husband, soccer star David Beckham. "Posh and Becks" became a world-renown fashion-fixated, goal-scoring, baby-bearing duo. As David set hairstyle trends and dominated soccer with Manchester United and Real Madrid, Victoria focused on her fashion ambitions.

In 2007, David signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, moving the Beckhams stateside, while Posh reunited with the Spice Girls for a farewell tour and launched her popular dress collection.

In July 2011, the busy mom finally added a girl, daughter Harper Seven, to her brood of boys.

Victoria Beckham: Video

Time Machine

Faster than you can say zig-a-zig-ah, watch the birthday girl go from Spice Girl to Hollywood glamour queen (00:47)

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Victoria Beckham: Five Fun Facts

  1. Victoria Beckham joked that her husband David "likes to borrow my knickers," and goes on to say that she would like to give him a Gucci thong of his own, according to BBC News. David tells PEOPLE in 2005 of the thong, "I wouldn't get them past my knees!"
  2. Before they were Spice Girls, Victoria "Posh" Beckham, Emma "Baby" Bunton and Geri "Ginger" Halliwell all auditioned to be Jet Girl in the 1995 cult hit Tank Girl. Actress Naomi Watts landed the role.
  3. During a solo performance for BBC Radio in 2001, Victoria Beckham had fruit and vegetables thrown at her when a small group in the crowd was unsatisfied with her vocals. "I can really sing," Beckham insisted to GMTV.
  4. Victoria Beckham rarely steps out without her high heels. "What might feel like a nine-inch heel to most people is like a flip-flop to her," close friend Heidi Klum told Harper's Bazaar.
  5. Victoria Beckham wore a fake lip ring during a live solo performance in 2001 that attracted negative criticism from the British Dental Association for setting a bad example to her younger fans. "I had no idea it would cause this much fuss," Beckham tells PEOPLE.

Victoria Beckham: Biography

1980

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Seeing Fame

At seven Adams watches the film Fame, a musical following a group of students through their studies at a New York performing arts school. She realizes she wants to be famous and her parents enroll her in Jason Theatre School in Enfield.

1994

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The Spice Rack

Adams answers an ad seeking "streetwise, outgoing, ambitious" singers in the trade newspaper, The Stage. After 400 women answer the ad placed by pop music entrepreneurs Chris Herbert and his father, Bob, the Herberts choose Adams (aka Posh), Melanie "Scary" Brown, Emma "Baby" Bunton, Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm, and Geri "Ginger" Halliwell. The five rehearse while living in a house rented by the Herberts in London's Maidenhead suburb. In February 1995, the girls split with the Herberts and sign with Simon Fuller, who becomes the svengali behind Spice Girls' success and later the creator of American Idol.

1997

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March

Posh & Becks: The Beginning

After attending a Manchester United soccer game, Posh meets English soccer player David Beckham who requests a meeting with the Spice Girl. When Beckham sees the group's "Say You'll Be There" video months earlier, he points to Posh and says, "That's the girl for me and I'm going to get her!" he tells Britain's Sun. "She's my idea of perfection. I knew that if she wanted me, we would be together forever." The two begin dating and attract a great deal of media interest.

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Top Left: Kevin Winter/Getty

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): BIG PICTURES; Columbia Pictures/Everett; DAVE HOGAN/ALL ACTION/RETNA

Edited by Julia Wang

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