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Victoria Beckham is a fashion designer and singer chiefly known for her work with the Spice Girls and for being the wife of soccer star David Beckham.
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Chosen at an audition,the five members of the Spice Girls--nicknamed Sporty, Scary, Posh, Baby, and Ginger--grew to symbolize “girl power,” and their music’s message struck a chord with thousands of young women.
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Viva Forever!, named after the group's 1998 No. 1 single, is slated to open in London by the end of 2012.
In August 2012, Beckham performed along with other members of the Spice Girls at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London.
Behind the scenes, Beckham's personal life was also thriving. She met soccer player David Beckham at a game in 1997, and the two soon became one of Britain's most popular couples, known in the tabloid as "Posh" and "Becks." They got engaged in 1998 and welcomed their first child together, son Brooklyn, in March 1999. That summer, the couple wed in a lavish ceremony at a castle in Ireland. Beckham invited television audiences inside her life with the reality special Victoria's Secrets, which aired on British television in 2000. She has been featured in several other reality programs since then.
Also in 2000, the Spice Girls released the album Forever, which was recorded without Halliwell who had left the group during an earlier tour. Beckham soon went solo, releasing a self-titled album in 2001. She also wrote her autobiography, Learning to Fly (2001), which became a best seller in Britain. Beckham gave birth to another son, Romeo, the following year.
All of Beckham's success has attracted its share of unwanted attention. In 2002, she and her family also made headlines when the authorities uncovered a plot to kidnap Beckham and hold her for ransom. The following year Beckham moved to Madrid, Spain. After 14 years with the Manchester United team, her husband had signed a lucrative deal to play for the Real Madrid team.
Stepping away from the music scene, Beckham explored her love of fashion. She developed a line of jeans called VB Rocks for the Rock & Republic brand in 2004. In 2006, Beckham shared her fashion wisdom in the book That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between. One year later, Beckham launched her own line of sunglasses called dVb Eyewear and a line of jeans soon followed.
That same year, Beckham and her family (which now included third son Cruz born in 2005) moved to Los Angeles, California. David Beckham joined the American soccer team the LA Galaxy, and the arrival of the Beckhams created quite a media frenzy. They were soon seen with some of the city's top celebrities, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. She also befriended model and television personality Heidi Klum who also lived in their neighborhood. "Under all that glam and glitz is a really lovely person who is genuine, funny, sexy, and such a great mother," Klum said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.
Also in 2007, Beckham returned to the pop music world for a reunion tour with the Spice Girls. This time around, the five singers brought their seven children on the road. "We're very strict moms, and that's what keeps the children happy. They have a routine even if they're with us on tour. Children thrive on routines," Beckham explained to Entertainment Weekly.
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