Posh's patented photo pose: Victoria Beckham's uncanny reaction to the lens sees her strike identical look EVERY TIME
19:18 GMT, 23 April 2012
We all have a favourite so-called 'photo face' we pull when family or friends whip out a camera – a flattering expression honed out of necessity to avoid endless double-chinned snaps following us around forever.
So spare a thought for Victoria Beckham, who is plagued by thousands of flashbulbs trained upon her every time she steps out in public. Miraculously though, despite the endless photos that surface of her, very rarely does one portray the star in an unflattering light.
Victoria manages to never be caught off guard when it comes to paparazzi shots – and here's why.
Snap! Victoria Beckham uses the same pose in almost every photograph taken of her – a slimming pose taught to every catwalk model and celebrity in the industry
So used to being relentlessly
snapped, she has perfected a pose that means she looks slender and
poised from every angle – and she makes sure to execute it every time a
lens is trained upon her.
pose – known to every catwalk model and celebrity in the business – is
engineered to achieve the slimmest possible silhouette, while showing
off clothes to their best advantage.
And Victoria has it nailed. To achieve it, the slender designer pushes one hip – usually the right – out to the side to create an angular S-shaped curve with her body.
Her left foot is stepped slightly in front and crossed over the right, slimming her silhouette, enhancing the curve of her body and bringing her legs down to a neat point.
Her right shoulder is pushed down and back, accentuating the 'couture curve' of her body, and her right arm is held behind her to narrow the profile further.
Her head is always held straight and high to elongate her neck, her chin tipped down to slim the face, or held up and back to create a firm, youthful jawline and lengthen the neck.
The classic couture pose at the British Fashion Awards in 2011
High standing at New York Fashion Week in 2010
Victoria-ous pose at the 2011 WWD summit in New York
In pole position, at a Range Rover party in London, 2010
Winning pose, at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
… two years earlier striking the same pose at the 2010 Oscars
Victoria Beckham rocking the pose in 2009 at a fashion party
Again, in 2009 (with tan) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
…and again, at the Heritage Luxury conference, London, 2010
Classic look at a charity event in California, 2010
Best foot forward at Burberry's fashion show in London 2009
Nothing's changed at Bergdorf Goodman in 2009
The result is a high-fashion look that some find contrived – but is the industry standard for those keen to avoid unflattering paparazzi shots.
Victoria is not the only celebrity to be using the tactics at every opportunity – but she is surely one of the few to have nailed the technique so successfully – and to use it so religiously.
Posh pose is not Victoria's only photo-related habit either. The star, a relative newcomer to social networking sites, is nevertheless enthusiastic, and has taken to posting snaps of herself getting ready online.
This week alone she put up two photos of herself posing in front of the mirror while doing her make up.
Of course, given that she is sitting in front of the mirror, she could not execute the Posh Pose.
Instead, she has cultivated a new one. Sitting down, leaning forward, back arched, hands on knees.
As Tyra Banks used to say on the popular television modelling contest show America's Next Top Model, it's all about 'knowing your angles'.
It certainly looks like Victoria Beckham is on intimate terms with hers.
New pose: Victoria tweeted this photo of herself posing in front of the mirror this week, saying: 'Getting ready for customer event in Beijing for #victoriabeckham x vb
In another Twitter shot Victoria posted of herself getting ready, she is leaning forward, shoulders back, back arched, bottom pushed out. The star certainly knows her angles