As a teenager Victoria went through some tough times
Victoria Beckham might be a success story these days but this definitely wasn’t always the case.
The singer-turned-fashionista has opened up about her heartbreaking insecurities as a teenager in a letter she’s written to her young self and admits in the note that she always struggled with the way she looked when she was an aspiring performer.
‘I know you are struggling right now,’ Victoria, 42, writes in the letter in Vogue magazine. ‘You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college.
‘You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls.
‘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.)’
Despite the low self-esteem she battled as an 18-year-old, Victoria reassures herself in the letter that things will get better.
She looks back at her various fashion choices over the years (which haven’t all been a success – remember those matching outfits with hubby David?!) and admits that she doesn’t have any regrets about them.
‘You are going to have so much fun with your clothes,’ the former Spice Girl says.
‘PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. 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.
‘Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it.
‘You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed.’
And as for her love life, Victoria has some pretty touching words about the moment she met David in 1997. The pair went on to marry in 1999 and welcome four children together.
She reveals: ’And 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, it all worked out in the end, eh Vic?