Victoria Beckham has been a powerhouse since the late ’90s, from her time as a Spice Girl to her career as a fashion designer. But aside from being a style icon and savvy businesswoman, she’s also a wife and mother of four and just when you thought there weren’t women out there who could do it all, think again.
Beckham covers the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, and she got frank about her style, success and self-improvement. Victoria reveals that she doesn’t think of herself as beautiful (hmm, perhaps there aren’t mirrors in the Beckham’s home?) but makes the best of what she has. “I see my imperfections and flaws and I smile: it’s who I am and I’m not going to try to change that,” she told the mag. “It’s taken me a long, long time to recognise that by 45 years old, actually I’m all right. I work hard, I look OK, I’ve got four children that I’m incredibly proud of, a wonderful husband and I feel content. When you’re growing up, you obsess over the silliest of things, but when you get older, you learn how to be comfortable in your own skin.” Oh, Victoria, teach us all the things.
Like most people, Victoria’s priorities are work and family, and she has the good fortune of loving what she does for a living. “I’m very lucky to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job; it’s my passion. So I love going to work.” And the same goes for family. Victoria describes her and husband David Beckham as “really hands-on” — and they truly are. “I’m up early working out but one of us will do the school run and we always try to be home by dinnertime,” says Beckham, explaining that it’s the one rule the entire family abides by. “We’re very strict about that when we’re in London – at 6pm we are all together, eating dinner, talking about our days. We communicate a lot – we’re a very close family.”
But it’s also not all about the kids. Victoria and David have long been plagued by breakup rumours but the couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2019 and she says that a “really nice bottle of wine” contributes to their ideal date night.
“I always laugh about ‘date night’ because we’ve been together 23 years, but we really enjoy each other’s company,” says Victoria. “David loves wine; I don’t know an enormous amount about it but I’m educating myself. I mean, that’s the other great thing about getting older, you find new interests. I was never into nice wine and art before, but I’m enjoying learning.”
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Victoria describes her move from pop superstardom to the fashion world as “an evolution” rather than a “reinvention.” It was in 2008 that she launched her first collection, then a lower-priced label in 2011. It was that same year that the Victoria Beckham label was named designer brand of the year in the U.K.
“I never just woke up like this,” she said. “I learnt an enormous amount being very young and very, very famous. You realise it’s much more difficult to maintain success than it is to actually achieve it – and it’s not as glamorous as people would think.”
As for her past, she wouldn’t change a thing. “I look back and smile about the Spice Girls now – I’m so proud of everything we achieved,” she said. “It was about making people embrace who they are, being happy with who they are, being the best version of themselves and for that to be celebrated. And the fact that it was OK to be a little bit different – why conform, you know? Now, I would like to think that I’m doing that through beauty and fashion.”
And one more thing about getting older, aside from knowing that her priorities are her career and her family? To know what it means to work hard. “Whether people like me or David – and I got over worrying about that a long time ago, else I’d be crazy by now – nobody can ever dispute the fact that we work hard at it. If you dream big, you can achieve great things.”
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