Smitten with Britain.

Why we love U.K. tabloid royalty and why they love us back

In the typology of the British, there is a special place reserved for Essex Girl, a lady from London's eastern suburbs who dresses in white strappy sandals and suntan oil, streaks her hair blond, has a command of Spanish that runs only to the word Ibiza, and perfects an air of tarty prettiness. Victoria Beckham--Posh Spice, as she was--is the acknowledged queen of that realm.

Victoria--whose husband David, a soccer star and clotheshorse, has signed a huge contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy team--graced TV screens on July 16 in a reality show about her family's new life. It is fair to...

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