01 April 2014 by

VB At 40: We Celebrate Victoria Beckham's Birthday In This Week's Issue

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Victoria Beckham - February 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final - February 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 9, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham and David Beckham at The Global Fund - September 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at Chelsea gallery - June 10, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the mens singles final at the Wimbledon Championships - July 6, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala - May 5, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at On Pedder - May 12, 2014

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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

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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

For most of us a 40th birthday consists of dinner followed by drunken dancing to the music of our youth. Then again most of us are not pop-stars-turned successful-fashion-icons. In this week's issue we have a 10 page Victoria Beckham special to mark her upcoming 40th birthday. First up we bring you the latest on her celebrations, as there are whispers that she is expected to have parties on both sides of the Atlantic, although according to close sources the main event will be diner in LA where the Beckham family will be during the Easter holidays. But that's not all as we also have one of her first-ever photoshoots, 40 of her most iconic looks and a VB quiz. Here are the highlights from our Victoria Beckham birthday coverage...

1. Photographer Holt speaks about one of her first-ever photo shoots...

In a Grazia exclusive we reveal one of Victoria's first ever photo shoots taken in the West London home of photographer Holt, who worked with many stage school graduates at the time. We speak to the photographer about what it was like to shoot the teenager Victoria Adams. He said: 'She had clearly made a study of it. 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.'

2. 40 looks for 40 years...

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There has been no wardrobe more copied, envied or pored over than Victoria's - from the minute she zigazigah'd on to our screens as a Spice Girl to now, as a respected designer and bona fide fashion icon. To celebrate her birthday milestone, Grazia picks 40 iconic looks - each marking a key fashion moment - and looks back at her style journey. Victoria Beckham has navigated the impassable waters between being an icon of pop culture irony to a bona fide industry powehouse. So how did she do it?

3. Victoria's hair story...

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Victoria Beckham's hair history is as long as her extensions once were. She is now tended to by Ken Paves, whose clients include Eva Longoria and Jessica Biel. Paves said to Grazia: 'Victoria is easy-going, plus she knows what she likes and doesn't have a lot of time to faff about. When I see her it's fun - she is hilarious and super-charming.' So what's next? He added: I think we'll be playing a bit with colour. Her hair's in great condition, so it's a perfect time!'

4. VB by numbers...

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We also bring you Victoria Beckham in figures including her current average heel height (that's 1.5cm, by the way) and the estimated value of her Hermes Birkin bag collection (£1.5 million. GULP).

5. Then test your Victoria Beckham IQ...

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Does VB own a castle or a vineyard? Which year did she launch her label? Which Hollywood child did she briefly date? Test your VB knowledge with our special quiz.

See Victoria Beckham's style-volution in the gallery above...


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