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September 26, 2012

Early Pictures of 18-Year-Old Victoria Beckham, Before She Found Fame With the Spice Girls

It’s always entertaining to see what our favorite celebrities looked like before all the fame, money, and designer duds – and these super old photos of an 18-year-old Victoria Beckham are certainly no exception.

Shot by photographer Geoff Marchant, some show the 18-year-old aspiring model breaking out her best “flashdance” poses in a black leotard and pumps. She looks curvy and as plush as a ripe plum. This was a decade before Beckham was rumored to have developed an eating disorder and later she preferred to dine on sushi, vegetables, and fresh fruit – presumably in order to maintain her Hollywood size zero frame.

Fashion from early 1990s is undeniably frumpy, and the high-waisted leather pants, double-breasted jacket, and wide belt she also dons for the series don’t actually do her figure any favors. Still, she’s a lovely young woman, and it’s refreshing to see a real person striking a pose instead of the brooding fashionista she would become. Looking at old images of Beckham –– or other celebs in their early 40s such as Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow who have to hone their looks with countless hours of exercise, dieting, and beauty treatments –– is a reminder of how the ideal of female beauty has morphed over the last couple of decades.



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