We love it when stars remind us that they were once just like us. Even though they’re rich and beautiful now, it’s nice to know that they weren’t always photoshop-perfect. Everyone likes that story when the sad insecure teenager becomes a hugely successful star. Victoria Beckham is one of those stories and she talks all about it in October’s Vogue.
For the issue, Beckham not only graces the cover, but penned a letter to her 18-year-old self addressing the pressures she had then and talking about experiencing love at first sight (hellooo, David Beckham). We only think of Victoria Beckham as the perfect singer/dancer/mother/fashion icon she is now, but Victoria knows that 18-year-old Vicky was none of those things.
‘I know you are struggling right now,’ she tells herself, ‘You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college… You have bad acne. You think the principal has put you at the back of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front. (This may or may not be true).’
It’s hard to imagine an insecure version of Victoria Beckham, but there you have it. Lady Beckham had the same struggles and insecurities as we all do. She goes on to talk about how experimental she will get with fashion as her popularity builds with the Spice Girls.
‘You are going to have so much fun with your clothes… It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself.’
She also discusses how those experiments with fashion will teach her what works, and how to put her own twist on the fashions she wears. ‘You will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed,’ she says.
She also finally blessed us with a detailed account of her first meeting with the love of her (and everyone else’s) life, David Beckham. It’s your classic saw-you-from-across-the-room-at-a-party-and-fell-in-love story. And we love it.
She tells Little Victoria, ‘Yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy.
‘While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one). And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it).’
Awww! Is that not adorable? It’s very rare that we get an actual glimpse into the glamorous and mysterious lives of the Beckham family. We see them all the time, but they seem mostly inaccessible. It’s nice to see a softer version of Victoria and know that she isn’t really as perfect as she seems all the time.
Plus we really love hearing the adorable meet-cutes of our favourite celebrity couples. Does anyone know how Emily Blunt and John Krasinski met? That’s a story we need stat!