Geoff Marchant/Camera Press/Redux
Did you ever dream you would see Victoria Beckham in mom jeans? Despite having given birth to four children, the singer-turned-designer always looks razor-thin and is dressed to kill when she steps out in sky-scraper heels with her famous footballer husband, David, or adorable toddler, Harper.
However, there was a time when the fashion icon and former pop starlet looked almost…normal. Retronaut recently dug up a series of photos from 1992, the year before Victoria became "Posh." Shot by photographer Geoff Marchant, some show the 18-year-old aspiring model and actress breaking out her best "Flashdance" poses in a black leotard and pumps. In others she’s canoodling with her then-boyfriend (to see more images, click here.) Marchant tells Shine that, “She was quiet, almost shy…but knew exactly how she wanted to be portrayed.”
We all have photos that we wish had fallen down a manhole or been destroyed in a natural disaster, and the series might make the ultra chic Beckham wince. Her teenage figure is much curvier than the sleek sylph she would become. She later told People she preferred to dine on sushi, vegetables, and fresh fruit—presumably in order to maintain her Hollywood size zero frame. But to our eyes, while she may not be catwalk ready, she looks healthy and gorgeous.
I always assumed Beckham (maiden name, Adams) cultivated her trademark scowl to hide a set of twisted choppers, but these pictures also bust that theory. Although Marchant tells Shine, “She preferred the moody look and the pout was used to great affect,” she also breaks out in a sunny smile in a few pictures. Her grin is warm and shows off pretty white teeth and cute dimples. Who knew?
Pre-Posh, 1992:Geoff Marchant/Camera Press/Redux
Fashion from early 1990s is undeniably frumpy, and the high-waisted leather pants, wide belt, mom jeans, and some of the other items she dons for the shoot are not exactly flattering. Beckham, whose upscale designs have been lauded by the fashion world, probably wishes she had burned the boxy double-breasted blazer and tights she sports in one snap. Still, she's a lovely young woman, and it's refreshing to see a real person striking a pose instead of a brooding fashionista.
Looking at old images of Beckham—or other celebs in their early 40s, such as Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow, who feel they 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. We've gone from appreciating flesh and blood women to idolizing a super slim, hard silhouette, much like a mannequin's.
Marchant recalls that Posh was “giggly” during some of the photo shoots. Since now we have proof she can smile, we hope she's having a good chuckle with her hubby and kids over this blast from the past.
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