Wives. and. Girlfriends.
Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham, Germany 2006
W.A.G.S. - The massive celebrity status bestowed upon the wives and girlfriends of the country's top footballers is a particularly British phenomenon. During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, England's WAGS caused such a commotion they were blamed for distracting England's players and causing the team's early exit from the tournament. For the 2010 World Cup, England's manager, Fabio Capello, restricted the amount of time players could spend with family to such an extent that the WAGS stayed home in The UK when the team flew off to South Africa. As England's subsequent performance could only be described as lackluster, who or what will Capello find to blame this time??
Hello Magazine, Spring 2010
A guide to recognizing the WAGS
1. Victoria Beckham
The WAG previously known as Posh Spice needs no introduction. After husband David was side-lined earlier in the year with a foot injury Mrs Becks received major respect for taking time out from her busy career as a globe-trotting designer to hold her husband's hand as he was flown to hospital.
Personal Style Mantra: A woman can never be too rich or too thin and her heels can never be too high.
2. Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole's life has mirrored Victoria's in some significant ways. She also got her start as the member of a popular girl-band, in this case, Girls Aloud, before moving on to a successful solo career. Since 2008 Cheryl has been a judge on Britain's number one show, X Factor. Cheryl will technically cease to be a WAG this summer when her divorce from philandering hubby, Ashley Cole (Chelsea and England) becomes final.
Personal Style Mantra: Skinny jeans and a tan, spray 'em on.
3. Coleen McLoughlin
Coleen McLoughlin met future footballing superstar Wayne Rooney when she was just 12 years old. Married since June 2008, Coleen gave birth to a son, Kai in late 2009. She's well-known for her "shop 'til you drop" mentality.
Personal Style Mantra: Girl-Next-Door wins the lottery
4. Alex Curran
Once described as an über-WAG, Alex Curran is the wife of Liverpool and England footballer, Steven Gerrard. On 29 October 2007, Curran launched her own fragrance, named "Alex" and writes a weekly column for The Daily Mirror entitled "Go Shopping With Alex Curran".
Personal Style Mantra: More Cash, More Dash