Victoria Beckham is a wise woman. She’s not perfect, and she knows it’s ok–that’s the overarching message behind her candid open letter to her younger self.
The piece originally ran in the October 2016 edition of British Vogue, which the star covered, and was finally published online this week. We’re real thankful the magazine’s editors decided to upload this poignant and powerful piece penned by Vicky B for all of us to read. It touches on body image and self love, and, frankly, it’s refreshing to hear a celebrity talk honestly about getting — and removing — fake boobs.
“Learn to embrace your imperfections – that is what I want to tell you,” she writes before bringing up the whole breast implant fiasco. “And I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it – stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
Here’s Ms. Beckham circa 2000:
And then circa 2007:
In case you don’t recall, Posh Spice denied going under the knife for years, despite her boobs fluctuating from an A-cup to a D overnight, and then a swelling to a DD in the early-mid-aughts. By 2011, however, she’d reduced the silicone implants, is now, present day, looking au naturel.
Victoria also touches on makeup in the letter, telling herself to wear less of it and to never let a makeup artist shave your eyebrows. (That’s a lesson you only have to learn once.)
But it’s not all beauty and style advice; the star also looks back at the lessons she’s learned about friendship, love, parenting, travel and more.
“My 60-year-old self would probably say the same thing to me as I am telling you now: enjoy yourself a little more,” she writes. “Be less image-conscious. Learn to relax. You are going to make mistakes – of course you are. You will be super-super-successful, but you will find out that you can lose it all much more quickly than you can earn it.”
British Vogue posted a photo from the magazine feature to the Instagram account of our fave Spice Girl looking chic and confident as ever.
She also tells herself to keep a diary to help remember all the amazing times–this, we can also relate to.
Vicky B, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this honest piece. In fact, we’re feeling inspired. We might even write a letter to our 18-year-old self this weekend, too.