Not so long ago, Victoria Beckham was once the ex-Spice Girl with grand illusions of becoming a fashion designer. But somewhere along the line she actually became a fashion designer - and a pretty successful one at that.
Beckham's fashion business generated sales of more than £15 million in the first three months of this year, according to reports in the Daily Mail, and at this rate of growth Ms Beckham would rake in close to £60 million from her fashion business this year.
While countless celebrities have crashed and burned in their efforts to conquer the catwalk - Kanye West being the most recent example - VB has quietly built up a label with all the shrewdness of an experienced businesswoman. Unlike fellow A-listers (Kanye, again), she didn't use her fame and influence to make the biggest noise possible at fashion week and when Victoria showed her debut collection in 2008, she invited a handful of editors at a time to a hotel room and talked them through each piece, giving much credit to her design team. This made short shrift of the who-the-hell-does-she-think-she-is accusations, and in recent seasons her New York Fashion Week catwalk show have gone from car cash curiosity to a genuine hot ticket and her designs are worn by everyone from SJP to Cheryl Cole. We just hope this success isn't causing too many marital problems in the Beckham household - after all underpants come a poor second to a red carpet-worthy fashion empire.
Take a look at her glittering army of celebrity fans in our gallery below:
Stars wearing Victoria BeckhamWhat on earth does one wear to meet the President at the White House? According to SJP, it's this flame red flared frock with moulded shoulders, from Beckham's spring/summer 2010 collection Stars wearing Victoria Beckham The actress works one of our top looks from the autumn/winter collection in this shimmering asymmetric number – worn to the Oscars Vanity Fair party, no less Stars wearing Victoria Beckham Definitely one of our favourite looks, the blush asymmetric floor-length frock looked picture perfect on Demi's toned physique at the Pluscity Charity Gala in November Stars wearing Victoria Beckham The Gossip Girl shows off her pins in this structured black peplum dress at the Angel Ball in New York Stars wearing Victoria Beckham Proving that you don't need the physique of Victoria Beckham to wear her designs, Oprah rocked this Trompe L'Oeil dress from the autumn/collection as she took to the stage at Californian Women's Conference in October with aplomb Stars wearing Victoria Beckham Bad hair, killer VBD (geddit?), as worn by Katherine Heigl on the red carpet of the Killers London premiere back in June Stars wearing Victoria Beckham MyDaily's contributing editor Dannii Minogue flew the VB flag not once but twice on X Factor this year – we love this print dress Stars wearing Victoria Beckham When the supe was honoured by Essence magazine at its Fierce & Fabulous Awards luncheon in New York, she reached for a black cocktail dress from Victoria's autumn winter collection Stars wearing Victoria Beckham With numerous VB dresses in her wardrobe, we were spoilt for choice when it came to Gwyneth Paltrow – but we love her in this thigh-skimming silver mini dress, which she wore to a charity event back in March Stars wearing Victoria Beckham Is there a better celebrity ambassador for the label than Victoria herself? We love this canary yellow frock, which she wore as she took to the stage at the International Herald Tribune conference in November Stars wearing Victoria Beckham