Fans first became familiar with Victoria Beckham in the ‘90s when she was one-fifth of the girl-band The Spice Girls. After the group split, she went on to release several singles, which topped the charts in the U.K. Victoria also launched her own clothing line in 2008 and is nowadays known primarily for her work in designing and modeling.
Apart from her professional life, Posh Spice is also known for her high-profile relationship with former soccer star David Beckham, whom she married in 1999. The couple has four children: sons Brooklyn (born in 1999), Romeo (born in 2002), and Cruz (born in 2005) and daughter Harper (born in 2011). Keep reading to see what life was like for Victoria before she became a household name!
15 She Was Embarrassed By Her Family’s Wealth
Most kids are embarrassed if their family can’t afford the latest gadgets, but it was the opposite situation for Victoria. In 2007, the celebrity revealed tot Hello Magazine that she’d often ask her father to drop her off blocks away from her high school so her peers wouldn’t see her driving up in his Rolls Royce. First world problems, right?
14 She Went To A Private, Religious School
Given how wealth it sounds like Victoria’s parents were, it’s not surprising to hear they sent their three children to a private school (just like the Spice Girl has done for her own four kiddos). While growing up, the future celebrity was a student at St. Mary's High School in Cheshunt, England. When she was 17 years old, she transferred to a performing arts school.
13 She Was Bullied By Her Classmates
Victoria is one of the most glamorous women on the planet. But it sounds like she wasn’t always so popular, especially in her high school days. “Children were literally picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me. And I just stood there, on my own,” she once revealed about her experience with bullying, Glamour reports.
12 And She Struggled To Make Friends
Not only did Victoria’s peers give her a hard time as a child, but the celebrity has also admitted she barely had any friends while growing up. “No one was with me. I didn't have any friends,” she once admitted to Glamour, though she added that her years spent feeling lonely help to make her more self-sufficient and driven.
11 Dyslexia Runs In Her Family
In recent years, Victoria has been opened about the learning difficulties she’s experienced since childhood. While speaking to the Financial Times, she admitted that learning challenges are common in her family. “Dyslexia doesn’t run in our family, it gallops,” she told the publication, without adding if any of her four children have the same difficulty.
10 This Musical Made Her Pursue Stardom
It sounds like Victoria knew from a young age she wanted to be a star. While speaking with CNN in 2007, the mom-of-four revealed the musical Fame inspired her to pursue a life in the spotlight. “Fame was so inspiring. It made me want to come to New York and jump on a car,” she told the publication. “I even had a velour Fame tracksuit with gold stitching.”
9 But She Thought She’d Become A Dancer
Fans know that Victoria started out as a singer with the Spice Girls and then later turned her attention to fashion designing. But as a child, she didn’t think she’d go into either of these professions. Rather, she wanted to go into dancing. “I always wanted to be a dancer when I was younger,” she told CNN.
8 She Went To School For Dancing And Modelling
Although she may not have graduated from a formal University, Victoria did receive training in the arts before making it big in Hollywood. In 1991, at the age of 17, the future celebrity enrolled in the Laine Theatre Arts College in Epsom in order to study dancing and modelling, Glamour reports.
7 She Joined A Band At Age 17
The Spice Girls wasn’t the only girl-band Victoria has been a member of. Before she signed on to be a part of the iconic group, she joined a short-lived band called Persuasion when she was only 17 years old, Business Insider reports. However, that same year she ended up auditioning to join the Spice Girls, and the rest is history!
6 She Has Several Famous Family Members
It looks like fame runs in Victoria’s family, as she isn’t the only well-known one in her family. According to Hello Magazine, the celebrity’s great-great-great-grandfather was artist and revolutionary Carl Heinrich Pfander, who hailed from Germany. Her great-great-granduncle was someone well-known in Minnesota.
5 Her Style Icon Was Rizzo From Grease
It’s no big secret that Victoria has a stellar sense of style. Thus, why she’s been designing clothes for the past decade! When she was younger, she took inspiration from the character Rizzo from Grease. We guess that explains her love of black! “Grease is quite major,” she told CNN. “I thought the fashion was just fantastic -- I love that era. The Rizzo character had the best wardrobe. Her high-waist pencil skirts remind me a bit of Alexander McQueen.”
4 She Joined The Spice Girls Because Of A Magazine Ad
When she was first starting out, Victoria didn’t have a fancy talent manager or connections in the industry. Rather, she learned about auditions for the Spice Girls through an ad in the magazine The Stage. It advertised that they were looking for girls who were "street smart, extrovert, ambitious and able to sing and dance," Glamour confirms.
3 Her Parents Have Been Married For 48 Years
Victoria and her husband David aren’t the only ones in their family with a long-lasting marriage. The former Spice Girl’s parents have been together for almost five decades. This past February, Victoria shared an online tribute to celebrate her parents’ 48th wedding anniversary. “How you want to be after 48 years of marriage,” she wrote online alongside a video of her parents walking hand-in-hand.
2 She's The Eldest Of Three Children
Victoria has two younger siblings- a sister named Louise and a brother named Christian Adam. Her mother Jacqueline was a former insurance clerk and hairdresser, while her father Anthony was an electronics engineer. Together, her parents opened their own electronics wholesale business, which left the family quite well-off.
1 Her Younger Sister Looks Identical To Her
Victoria’s younger sister and brother have never ventured into the spotlight, so not much is known about her siblings. But when Victoria shared a side-by-side photo of her and her sister Louise just last year, fans couldn’t help but be surprised at their striking similarities. Both girls share the same brown hair, high cheekbones, and sharp jawline.
Sources: CNN, The Telegraph, Hello Magazine, Glamour, Business Insider.