Every parent has a secret. It's tucked away, but it's there. And every child is bound to discover that secret sooner or later. You're bound to glimpse into that past life your parent tries to keep hidden from you. You might not like what you see.
We all know about Victoria Beckham's former life as a Spice Girl. The artist formerly known as Posh Spice was part of the fab five during the late '90s. Who could forget? The Spice Girls were everywhere.
The Spice Girls' debut album, Spice, sold over 31 million copies. Spice was the best-selling album by a female group in history. And when their debut single "Wannabe" hit number one in 37 countries in 1996, they became a household name and an international phenomena.
Their success was quickly capitalized on. Girl Power was everywhere. The girls' marketing engine made up to $75 million per year. By May of 1998, their global gross was estimated at $500–800 million. Damn!
Eventually, the girls were made into dolls (but, like, not in an "evil curse was placed upon them" kind of way). Galoob toys manufactured dolls made in the Spice Girls' image from 1997 to 1999. They made over $11 million from sales, and are one of the best selling celebrity dolls of all time.
But if you're Harper Beckham, you have no idea about mommy's life before she was your mommy. You've lived six years in ignorant bliss, oblivious to the fact that your mother was an international pop star before she got married and had you. But those six years of ignorance have to come to an end sooner or later....
It started out innocently as a child playing with some dolls. Her mother, like the average social media savvy celebrity mom these days, decided to make the moment an Instagram story for her fans. But those dolls told a very different story, one that Harper had been completely unaware of her whole life.
Beckham posted photos of her daughter playing with the Spice Girls dolls for all the world to see. She captioned the photos with, "Harper loves her Spice Girl dolls!" Does she, Victoria? Does she like finding out the hard way what her mommy used to do for money?
Harper was born 11 years after the Spice Girls disbanded. The Spice Girls reunited briefly to perform at the 2012 Olympics when Harper was one. In other words, Harper could have lived her whole life without knowing her shameful family secret.
Harper was already also aware that her mother had a fashion line. Beckham had posted photos of her daughter playing around in her home office. The photo was captioned with a cheerful, "Draping like mummy," insinuating that her daughter would one day like to follow in her footsteps.
But finding out that your mother had once been - gasp! - a Spice Girl? That's too much. There's never really a right time to tell your child that you had once been an international pop icon. So maybe six is as good an age as any?