04 April 2014

Flashback Friday: Remembering One Of Victoria Beckham's First-ever Photo Shoots

In this week's issue of Grazia we celebrate Victoria Beckham's upcoming 40th birthday, with a 10-page VB special. In a Grazia exclusive we reveal what happened when shy teenager Victoria Adams called up photographer Holt for one of her first-ever photo shoots...

[Jay Hopkins]

She'd go on to become a Spice Girl, one half of Brand Beckham and an internationally acclaimed designer – yet this set of never-before-seen pictures captures the then unknown Victoria Adams finding her way in the world.

The images were taken in March 1993, in the West London home of photographer Holt, who worked with many stage-school graduates at the time. The 19-year-old Victoria, then a graduate of Laine Theatre Arts School in Epsom, telephoned to arrange a day-long session to shoot the same kind of portfolio as many of her classmates.

[Jay Hopkins]

She turned up with accessories – sunglasses and a belted mac. ‘She had clearly made a study of it,’ recalls Holt. ‘She arrived bang on time, and the moment we took the lens cap off, she was ready. This was before digital cameras, when every frame had to count – she was very aware of that.'

‘Victoria had an innate sense of how to project herself for the camera. It came from her dance training – it makes you very aware of what you look like in a mirror. She instinctively knew what looked good,’ the photographer adds. But besides having an ‘eye for proportion’ and knowing what suited her, there was no other hint that Victoria would become the fashion star she is now.

[Jay Hopkins]

At the time, she told Holt her ambition was to be in the musical Cats. She was doing endless rounds of gruelling audition calls. ‘She didn’t want to be famous, she just wanted to do a job she loved,’ he recalls. ‘She wasn’t a show-off and certainly didn’t fancy herself – her attitude was that she didn’t think she was the most talented or gifted or beautiful person, but that if she worked hard, it’d give her an edge.’

Twenty-one years on, Holt says, ‘She had a quiet maturity beyond her years. From my time with her that day, I know that there is one simple reason for her success: focus and hard work.’

See Victoria Beckham's transition from Spice Girl to bona fide fashion icon in the gallery below...

- Kathryn Knight

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria at The Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel, London - 19 November 2013

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Victoria Beckham at "The Class Of 92" premiere, London - 1 December 2013

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Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards - 5 November 2013

© Getty Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at CFDA Fashion Fund Event - 23 October 2013

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© Getty Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Dinner To Celebrate The 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund - 23 October 2013

Victoria and David Beckham at Global Fund Celebration, Spring Summer 2014 - 16 September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Burberry at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Louis Vuitton at Wimbledon Final - 7 July 2013

Victoria Beckham in Carven at LAX Airport - June 2013

Victoria Beckham in Vicotoria Beckham shopping in New York - 13th May 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe in Paris - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in LA - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in London, Britain - April 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe out and about in Los Angeles - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about, London - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in Los Angeles - November 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about, New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at her Autumn 2013 show at New York Fashion Week - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at 'Viva Forever!' musical press night, London - December 2012

Victoria Beckham Out and About in New York - September 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - 09 Sep 2012

Victoria Beckham leaving 'Viva Forever' press launch St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London - 26 Jun 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - 22 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a photocall in Hong Kong, China - 25 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a Valentino event, London - November 2012

Victoria Beckham at CFDA event - October 2012

Victoria Beckham at Vogue's fashion night out - September 2012

Victoria Beckham at Los Angeles airport - June 2012

Victoria Beckham at Oscars - February 2012

Victoria Beckham shopping in West Hollywood - Mar 2012

Victoria Beckham at the 'Victoria, Victoria Beckham' launch at Harvey Nichols in London - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - April 2012

Victoria Beckham at JFK International Airport - February 2012

Victoria Beckham at Nobu Restaurant, New York - September 2011

Victoria Beckham at Royal Wedding - April 2011

Victoria Beckham shopping with Romeo in Beverly Hills - March 2008

Victoria Beckham at David Beckham's Official Signing with LA Galaxy Soccer Team, Los Angeles - July 2007

Victoria Beckham at Dodger stadium - June 2007

Victoria Beckham at Met Gala - May 2008

Victoria Beckham at Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - December 2005

Victoria Beckham at Swarovski Fashion Rocks for the Prince's Trust - October 2005

Victoria Beckham at the Laureus World Sports Awards - May 2005

Victoria Beckham at the MTV Movie Awards - May 2003

Victoria Beckham at the Launch of Jade Jagger's jewelry line - September 1999

Victoria Beckham at the Versace Party - June 1999

Victoria and David Beckham out and about - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham outside their home - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham announce engagement - January 1998


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