Posh Spice

By: Tucker Cummings
April 17, 2012

Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 1974) may be best known to the world today as 50 percent of “Posh and Becks,” but to women of a certain age, she’ll always be POSH SPICE. Unlike the rest of her cohorts, Posh was always prim, even somber at times. She rarely smiled, and was possessed with a sense of decorum that kept her from participating in the infamous incident where Ginger and Scary Spice conspired to pinch Prince Charles on his bottom. Post-Spice Girls, Posh released some solo singles and a couple of books, but it’s her marriage to footballer David Beckham that keeps her in the public eye. And yet, the marriage doesn’t solely define her: it’s always “Posh and Becks,” rarely “Becks and Posh.” Today, her music career mostly behind her, she’s become a fashion icon. She’s modeled, designed her own line of denim, and crafted a line of makeup and handbags for the Japanese market. And while critics panned Spice World, the Spice Girls movie, Posh has earned back some street cred with roles on Ugly Betty and Spongebob Squarepants. All in all, she’s a total package: beautiful, stylish, and brimming with entrepreneurial vigor. Maybe that explains why the Daily Mail recently ran a photo editorial arguing that even newly minted duchess Kate Middleton wants to ape Posh’s signature style. It seems that Posh has done the impossible: she’s risen from the ashes of bubblegum pop to become an icon of chic, deserving of mention in the same breath as women like Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn.

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