Victoria Beckham insists fame isn’t as ‘glamorous as people think’

Victoria Beckham wants her fans to know fame is not as “glamorous as people think”.The designer first shot to superstardom as one-fifth of the Spice Girls back in the 1990s while still in her early 20s, alongside Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Ch…

Victoria Beckham wants her fans to know fame is not as “glamorous as people think”.

The designer first shot to superstardom as one-fifth of the Spice Girls back in the 1990s while still in her early 20s, alongside Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Melanie Brown.

Victoria further established her place as an A-lister when she married former soccer star David Beckham, and she went on to launch a less-than-successful solo career, started a family, and finally turned her hand to fashion.

Launching her eponymous debut collection of just 10 dresses in New York back in 2014, she’s gone from strength to strength, but she has now insisted that dealing with the highs and lows of fame has been a constant struggle.

“I learnt an enormous amount being very young and very, very famous,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “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.”

Victoria and her husband David have worked hard at their solo and joint business ventures, and are reportedly worth more than $900 million (£689 million). Yet, the 45-year-old is quick to state that their success hasn’t come easy.

“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,” Victoria explained. “If you dream big, you can achieve great things.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow became ‘really skinny’ after Brad Pitt breakup

Gwyneth Paltrow became “really skinny” after she split from Brad Pitt in the 1990s.To accompany her new cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar, the Avengers actress filmed a video in which she looked through her past covers for the magazine, and while hol…

Gwyneth Paltrow became “really skinny” after she split from Brad Pitt in the 1990s.

To accompany her new cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar, the Avengers actress filmed a video in which she looked through her past covers for the magazine, and while holding a copy of the December 1997 issue, Gwyneth remarked that she became very thin after calling off her engagement to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star earlier that year because she wasn’t eating.

“This one, I was only about 24 or 25,” she said of the cover photo. “Brad Pitt and I had just broken up and I had breakup… couldn’t not eat (sic). I was really skinny, it was sort of upsetting. But it’s a nice picture.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 47-year-old revealed that she is still good friends with the actor and loves seeing Instagram posts that pay homage to their ’90s style.

In the video, Gwyneth also shared that she didn’t like her “terrible” May 2010 cover of the publication because she looked “really cheesy”, and wasn’t a fan of her November 2016 cover, in which she wore a lacy masquerade-style mask with matching top.

“I don’t like this one either. I don’t think it’s a good photo,” the star candidly stated.

However, Gwyneth’s favourite cover was for the March 2012 issue, in which she wore a black dress with revealing leg split and turned her face away from the camera.

“This was a good one, this is my iconic Bazaar cover guys,” she gushed. “I love how you can’t see my face, it’s very cool, this was a fun one. I liked this shoot a lot. This is one of my favourite shoots of all time. I loved this one, this is great.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow can’t get enough of peanut butter protein bars

Gwyneth Paltrow always keeps her fridge stocked with peanut butter protein bars.The actress and Goop entrepreneur has built up a reputation for her super healthy lifestyle in recent years, and has tried just about every food trend going, whether it be …

Gwyneth Paltrow always keeps her fridge stocked with peanut butter protein bars.

The actress and Goop entrepreneur has built up a reputation for her super healthy lifestyle in recent years, and has tried just about every food trend going, whether it be juice cleanses or low-carb diets.

Now, Gwyneth has opened up about her eating habits in a video for Harper’s Bazaar and explained that her go-to snack is a protein bar.

“If I’m in a rush, I’ll eat these delicious peanut butter protein bars,” she commented. “I can’t remember the name of them but you have to keep them in the refrigerator. I eat them all the time!”

Gwyneth went on to explain that she usually skips breakfast but will have a nutrient-packed smoothie after she hits the gym. She likes salads for lunch and keeps her energy up between meals by munching on cashews and pretzels, but there are a few foods she won’t eat.

“I’ve pretty much become more of an omnivore. There’s just a few things I won’t eat. I don’t like dill. I can’t stand dill. I don’t like to eat baby mammals, so I stay away from lamb and veal. I don’t eat octopus ’cause they’re super smart,” the 47-year-old explained.

As for dinner, the Oscar winner prefers to eat at home with her two children.

“I like to eat dinner on the early side. I always feel I don’t sleep very well if I go to sleep very full. I’ve gotten real geriatric about that – 6pm – 6.30pm (is) dinnertime. It feels good! I’ve been trying not to drink so much on weeknights because it’s such an easy habit to fall into… I usually have a Gibson – that’s kind of my new thing – it’s like a martini but with the cocktail onion. It’s very my father. Or I’ll have whiskey on the rocks… basically, I’m turning into an old Jewish man,” she joked.

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Victoria Beckham finally comfortable with her looks

Victoria Beckham took a “long, long time” to become comfortable with her looks.The 45-year-old has candidly opened up about her journey to self-acceptance in an interview for the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and when asked if she th…

Victoria Beckham took a “long, long time” to become comfortable with her looks.

The 45-year-old has candidly opened up about her journey to self-acceptance in an interview for the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and when asked if she thinks of herself as beautiful, her reply was refreshingly honest.

“No, absolutely not,” she stated. “But I make the best of what I have. I see my imperfections and flaws and I smile: it’s who I am and I’m not going to try to change that. It’s taken me a long, long time to recognise that by 45 years old, actually I’m all right.”

Victoria went on to explain that while she used to “obsess over the silliest of things”, she’s now very comfortable in her own skin.

“I work hard, I look O.K., I’ve got four children that I’m incredibly proud of, a wonderful husband and I feel content,” the designer added, noting her children Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and Harper, eight, and her husband of more than 20 years, David Beckham.

Elsewhere in the interview, Victoria also touched upon her new skincare and make-up line, Victoria Beckham Beauty, and revealed that she has been desperate to create her own beauty brand for years.

“I’ve been obsessed with make-up and skincare and wellness for longer than I can remember,” the former Spice Girl said of the products she has created with her co-founder, beauty executive Sarah Creal. “The other thing that was key was making sure it was very inclusive – whether it’s make-up or skincare, this is for every skin type and tone, and for both women and men.”

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Shanina Shaik: ‘I’ve been turned away from casting calls over my skin colour’

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after nam…

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.

The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.

But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after names in the industry, in an interview for the January 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, she opened up about the prejudices she has faced since launching her career in 2009.

“I remember going to castings in Europe and getting turned away because of my skin colour,” the 28-year-old recalled. “That was only six years ago… There’s still some jobs I don’t book because I don’t fit into a certain category. I’ve had to bang down so many doors for people to understand and embrace me.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel went on to explain that she’d had to convince agents and clients to book her for jobs, and even left her home country to try and land more work in New York because she “didn’t look like an average Australian girl”.

“They said I was never going to be a high-fashion model and that I’d never do runways,” she commented. “Agents, clients… they all told me the same thing. I would go to castings and never get the jobs that I wanted, and it really affected me – especially as so much of it was because I look so mixed.”

And while the brunette beauty acknowledges that the fashion business is “moving towards a better future”, she also insisted there is still a long way to go until everyone feels represented and included.

“The fashion industry has to find a voice. Look at Halima Aden – she’s had a huge impact. Beauty doesn’t just have to be one segment or category – it should be international. Why does it matter what colour your skin is? It should matter who you are,” the star added.

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Barbara Palvin ‘disappointed’ by cancellation of 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until t…

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.

The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until the 2018 event.

Earlier this year, Victoria’s Secret bosses promoted Barbara to Angel status, and in a new interview with U.K. Harper’s Bazaar, she explained that she was a little sad to learn the annual show had been canned as it would have been the first time she was able to wear her angel wings.

“I was very disappointed,” the 26-year-old told the publication, before adding: “But (the company leaders) know what they’re doing, and I trust the process. I feel like the world is changing around us, and everyone needs to go with it, and that’s their way of doing it.”

After months of speculation about the future of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, executives at L Brands, the label’s parent company, announced last month that the event will not happen this year.

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has been hit by the growth of contemporary underwear labels like Third Love, Aerie, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, while bosses have also been accused of failing to embrace diversity and inclusivity in its marketing imagery and shows.

And during a recent chat on the TODAY Show, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss argued that it is time for the brand to undergo a major transformation.

“I think it’s a reflection of the world we live in today,” she said of the cancellation. “And, you know, consumers demand that brands are inclusive and body positive and sustainable. And I think brands have to evolve.”

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Nina Dobrev desperate to cut her hair short again

Nina Dobrev is desperate to cut her hair short again because it’s so low maintenance.The Vampire Diaries star first rocked a short bob with a blunt fringe back in 2017 and has been growing out the style ever since. However, she’s now grown bored of her…

Nina Dobrev is desperate to cut her hair short again because it’s so low maintenance.

The Vampire Diaries star first rocked a short bob with a blunt fringe back in 2017 and has been growing out the style ever since. However, she’s now grown bored of her long brunette locks and wants to go for the chop once again.

“When I had short hair I was like ‘ugh, I miss my long hair’ and I wanted it to grow long. Now that it’s finally growing long I’m excited but I look at photos of when I had short hair and I want to cut it again,” Nina told Harper’s Bazaar, adding that she gets bored easily.

The 30-year-old actress wants an easier ‘do to manage and her shorter locks suited her low-key lifestyle.

“I did really like my short hair because it was easy. I like to be grab and go and be quick and not fuss around too much and go through a whole process. When I had short hair I could just shower and walk out and it would dry and do its own thing,” she shared. “Short hair does feel more like me.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Nina opened up about her use of social media, and confessed that while she uses filters on her photos on Instagram, she tries to offset that by posting real-life snaps and videos to prove she’s a “normal human”.

“I have good days and bad days and breakouts and don’t wear make-up all the time. It’s important that you feel beautiful and confident on your own without all that extra stuff. It’s important for me to showcase that side of me on social media as well as the glam side,” she explained.

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Kim Jones guest-edits Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in 50 years

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s. Jones, artist…

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.

The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s.

Jones, artistic director of Dior Homme, took to Instagram to reveal his new gig and share the five special covers of the magazine, which feature himself and musicians Maluma, Travis Scott, J Balvin, and Orville Peck wearing pieces from the French fashion house.

“I’m happy to announce the first @harpersbazaarus men’s issue guest edited by Me!” he wrote alongside the snaps.

In his editorial for the magazine, the 40-year-old designer explained that he was inspired to create the diverse and inclusive covers for the men’s issue by late fashion illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez.

“He’s an absolute hero of mine; I would have loved to have met him,” Jones wrote. “I was thinking about his New York, about the mix and diversity of the people Antonio photographed and drew in the 1970s and Eighties – the vibrancy and energy, the freedom – and I wanted to capture some of that in these images and reflect it through fashion for now.”

He went on to reveal that he picked Latinx musicians Maluma and Balvin because they “look like Antonio boys” and noted that if the late photographer were alive today, he would be a huge fan of rapper Scott.

“As for Orville Peck, I love both his image and the messages behind his music,” he added.

A spokesperson for Harper’s Bazaar owners Hearst said the men’s supplement will most likely be a quarterly edition, with different guest editors.

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Cara Delevingne ‘wouldn’t be as big’ without Instagram

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY. However, she credit…

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.

The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY.

However, she credits a large part of her success to the rise of social media, and told Harper’s Bazaar that she wouldn’t have the career she has if it wasn’t for Instagram.

“I look at the big ’90s supermodels and I don’t think that I would have been as big of a model if Instagram hadn’t come around,” Cara explained. “I really grew up in that age of when Instagram was coming up. Now really is the social media age.”

Despite confessing that she tries to stay off Instagram and takes regular breaks from her phone, the 27-year-old enjoys using her platform to share her views with her 43.8 million followers.

“People always say you can’t have an opinion or why should you have an opinion, ‘You aren’t a politician – no one cares about your views.’ Everyone has the right to talk about their opinion and what their views are,” she stated. “Whether it’s good or not, I’m going to do it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she blasted those who used photo-editing apps to alter their pictures on social media without being honest with their followers.

“I think that people should say if they’re using them, especially if you’re in the limelight or you have a lot of young girls that are following you,” she explained. “Why does it matter? Just say that you’re using it and be proud about it. Because when people are looking at some sort of false image and they want to emulate or replicate that, then it’s never going to happen.”

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Angelina Jolie: ‘My body has been through a lot’

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2…

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.

The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2016.

And in a candid interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Angelina revealed that the heartache has taken its toll on her physically and mentally.

“My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years,” she explained, referencing her well-publicised break-up from the Hollywood actor. “I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it. The invisible ones are harder to wrestle with. Life takes many turns. Sometimes you get hurt, you see those you love in pain, and you can’t be as free and open as your spirit desires.

“It’s not new or old, but I do feel the blood returning to my body.”

The Oscar winner also opened up about her determination to inspire women to challenge themselves.

“I think the challenge is to ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do and do it. Don’t just be comfortable with what is generally accepted, but find the new,” the 44-year-old urged. “Find your oxygen, your originality, your own voice. Live more fully. Rebel. Resist. Question. Be curious. Explore. Go outside what is comfortable to you. Say the thing you’ve been afraid to say.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Angelina, who is mother to six children, touched upon the custody arrangement she and Brad have hammered out since their split.

“I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18. Right now, I’m having to base where their father chooses to live,” she explained, hinting that the 55-year-old has requested she stay in the U.S. with their brood.

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