The Many Bags of WAGs

Although most of our celebrity handbag coverage is US-centric, we try to keep in mind that not only are a lot of our readers not American, but a lot of fantastic handbag collections exist in the closets of celebrities beyond our shores. We do our best to find those celebs in the archives of our photo agency, but over the years, I’ve noticed one very clear thing: paparazzi seem to love taking pictures of European athletes’ wives, girlfriends and ex-wives more than anyone else on the entire continent, or some reason. Those women also carry a ton of flashy handbags, perhaps unsurprisingly.

The WAGs, as they’re referred to as a group, are sometimes famous and successful in their own right before they marry (Victoria Beckham, the undisputed Queen of the WAGs), and other times not so much (Coleen Rooney, footballer Wayne Rooney’s high school sweetheart). Whatever their pre-relationship status, marrying a football star (they’re generally footballers’ wives) seems to give these women an extra boost of notoriety that makes them irresistible to the lenses of European paps, and that’s fine with us because now we get to look at their fancy handbags.

The same phenomenon doesn’t seem to happen in the US; even though we’re no less obsessed with sports, the wives of the players generally receive little photographic attention. Which is too bad, because I bet their handbags are pretty fancy, too.

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  • kemilia

    Wow, I honestly do not know who any of these women are but they are very attractive and have darn nice bags.

  • Bianca

    Think You should call it ‘The many bag of Wayne Rooney’s wife’

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  • louise

    i think Alex Curran Gerrard needs to be on this list!

    • Mya

      Yep! and for PB’s sake, she’s Steven Gerrard’s (Liverpool’s captain) wife.

    • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ Katrina

      Indeed. She was a regular on Kickette and the DM a few years back, I haven’t checked in a while, but she, like Colleen was one of those WAGs who ALWAYS had the newest it bag, plus the requisite Birkins and Chanel flaps.

  • missarewa

    I didn’t see one single bag that I did not like! all of them are gorgeous! beautiful bags and even more beautiful women!

  • Keiah

    I hardly recognized that droopy Celine! I don’t know if I like it like that. :O

  • Pam

    Not only do they have great bags but the’re also beautiful. Is life unfair or what?!

  • Laura

    OMG Irina is so stunning! Love her style.

  • Mya

    58 bags between 5 women.

  • http://www.thebaghoarder.com/ TheBagHoarder

    It’s actually Sylvie Meis now. She’s is recently divorced from Rafael van der Vaart and she is using her maiden name again. They all have great handbag collections! But money can’t always buy class.

    • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ Katrina

      Oh, really? I didn’t know that. Aawwww. I am a Real Madrid fan, so I got to read about them a lot, especially when Sylvie was battling breast cancer. I thoguht they were a lovely couple together.

      • http://www.thebaghoarder.com/ TheBagHoarder

        They were indeed a lovely couple. But since their break up Rafael is together with Sylvie’s (now ex) best friend. It caused quite a stir in the Netherlands back then, especially in the tabloids. They’re going through a very nasty divorce now. But Sylvie managed to do well despite everything. Her style is really great!

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  • Lisa

    Sorry to be a hater but everything Coleen wears looks cheap. She really is the queen of chavs! And that gold Hermes bag is a Birkin, not a HAC!

  • Shay

    Is Irina Shayk’s Fendi Peekaboo the small or large size?

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