Victoria Beckham admits super-tight clothing choices were a ‘sign of insecurity’

Victoria Beckham has discussed how her insecurities led her to always wear tight-fitting clothes early on in her career.The 46-year-old designer was on hand to answer questions from fashion students, as part of Graduate Fashion Week, for a new intervie…

Victoria Beckham has discussed how her insecurities led her to always wear tight-fitting clothes early on in her career.

The 46-year-old designer was on hand to answer questions from fashion students, as part of Graduate Fashion Week, for a new interview with The Guardian newspaper.

And when quizzed by one budding designer about her style evolution, Victoria was candid in her response.

“When I was in the Spice Girls there were stylists who dressed the group, but in my personal life, I have never worked with a stylist. I used to wear lots of structured dresses with corsetry, and I do still have some of those dresses, but my personal style has become more relaxed.

“Looking back, I guess it was a sign of insecurity that I would always wear clothes that were very tight, very fitted,” she said, noting that her wardrobe changed as her eponymous fashion label began to take off.

“I know what works on me, what looks good, what makes me feel confident and comfortable. I don’t feel I have anything to prove now in the way I dress,” the mother-of-four shared.

And while the former Spice Girl is enjoying wearing her lockdown wardrobe of casual clothes and trainers while at her family cottage in the English countryside with husband David Beckham and their brood, Victoria confessed she’s missing getting dressed up.

“I’m not quite at the elasticated waistband stage yet – I still want to feel good about myself,” she quipped. “I do miss getting dressed. A nice pub lunch with family and friends, a few glasses of wine. I’m really grateful for the family time, but I’m ready to be a little bit sociable now.”

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Mel B refused to straighten hair for Wannabe music video

Mel B refused to straighten her hair for the Spice Girls’ debut music video Wannabe. Mel, along with her bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Horner, shot to fame in 1996 with the success of their debut single Wannabe, which was ac…

Mel B refused to straighten her hair for the Spice Girls’ debut music video Wannabe.

Mel, along with her bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Horner, shot to fame in 1996 with the success of their debut single Wannabe, which was accompanied by a video in which they can be seen creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party.

But in a new interview with Daily Star Online, the 45-year-old revealed she was told to straighten her natural hair for the shoot, but she pushed back against the suggestion.

“I remember when we first did the video for Wannabe we had a big styling team and one of the first things they said to me was: ‘OK, so we need to straighten your hair,'” she recalled. “I refused point-blank because my hair was my identity and yes it was different to all the other girls but that was what the Spice Girls were about – celebrating our differences.”

After the video was released, Mel received letters from mums and their daughters praising her for embracing her natural hair and she was thrilled by the feedback.

“I’d get really emotional letters from girls, and their mums, saying how incredible it was that they had someone to ‘be’ when they did dances in the playground at school and they were actually daring to wear their hair out and proud rather than scraped back or straightened… That was a big deal to me,” the mother-of-three added.

The former America’s Got Talent judge gave the interview to discuss her experiences with racism to support the Black Lives Matter movement and stand in solidarity with unarmed African-American man George Floyd, who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

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Victoria Beckham pledges support for Black Lives Matter movement

Victoria Beckham has called on fashion industry leaders to play a bigger role in promoting diversity.In light of the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, the Br…

Victoria Beckham has called on fashion industry leaders to play a bigger role in promoting diversity.

In light of the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, the British fashion designer has spoken out in support of the protests taking place across the U.S. and major cities around the world in which activists are demanding an end to racial injustice and police brutality.

Taking to Instagram over the weekend, Victoria noted that she has “taken a step back” in recent days to reflect on the tragic events, and in response, will be pledging her support to Black Lives Matter and other anti-racism organisations.

“Watching things unfold and learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement, I’ve been truly sickened by how deeply ingrained racism is in our society. It’s clear that it’s each of our responsibilities to speak out and I want to use my platform for education, conversation and change,” she wrote. “The fashion industry has a huge role to play, and for me, it starts with representation, both within my business and who we work with externally. I’ve always aimed for inclusivity, but we all need to look inwards and be better.”

Victoria went on to share that she and her team members will be setting up an internal working group to begin discussing issues and identifying “unconscious bias” within her companies. The executives will also be formulating a plan to target short and long-term actions to be undertaken.

“Whilst things won’t change or be solved in a day, we clearly can’t wait another day to start and I am absolutely committed to being better and doing more, both personally and professionally. I hope you all share my sentiment and are doing the same with your friends, family, brands and businesses so that we all play our part in this vital issue,” the 46-year-old added.

Floyd died on 25 May following an arrest during which a police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes.

The cop in question, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers at the scene – Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao – have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Victoria Beckham facing court battle over VB trademark – report

Victoria Beckham is reportedly facing a court battle with executives at Australian brand VB Skinlab over her VB moniker.The Sydney-based company is seeking to register the trademarks ‘VB Salon’ and ‘VB Skinlab’ in Australia to market beauty sal…

Victoria Beckham is reportedly facing a court battle with executives at Australian brand VB Skinlab over her VB moniker.

The Sydney-based company is seeking to register the trademarks ‘VB Salon’ and ‘VB Skinlab’ in Australia to market beauty salon services, skincare products, and cosmetics, according to editors at the Daily Mail.

But the British designer, who uses her initials to market her eponymous clothing and beauty brands, has opposed the registration of the trademarks on the basis that the company was acting in bad faith.

While the pursuit was unsuccessful and IP Australia – the government agency that administers intellectual property rights – ordered the 46-year-old to pay the company’s legal costs, she has now lodged an appeal in the Federal Circuit Court.

In new papers, her lawyers claim she has “extensively used and promoted the VB word mark in Australia and overseas in relation to various beauty and fashion related goods, including cosmetics”.

They add Skinlab’s VB logos “would be likely to deceive or confuse Australian consumers… into believing” its products were sold or “sponsored” by the star, insisting the company was aware of Beckham’s trademark and “intended to benefit from falsely representing to consumers that it was associated with (her)”.

It comes after reports that the designer’s company, owned by herself and soccer star husband David Beckham, lost a staggering $15.9 million (12.3 million) in 2018, and is continuing to fail to maintain sales.

She has also come under fire for using the U.K. government’s furlough scheme to lay off 30 workers at her Victoria Beckham label.

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Mel C learning to master her own make-up

Mel C is learning how to do her own make-up after years of relying on professionals.The former Spice Girl experimented with plenty of bold hair and beauty looks during her days with the ’90s girl group. But in an interview with The Strategist U.K., Mel…

Mel C is learning how to do her own make-up after years of relying on professionals.

The former Spice Girl experimented with plenty of bold hair and beauty looks during her days with the ’90s girl group.

But in an interview with The Strategist U.K., Mel admitted that she is only now getting to grips with cosmetics.

“I consider myself very lucky, because I’ve been getting my make-up done professionally since the age of 21,” she told the publication. “But it meant that suddenly being at home, and still having interviews to do, brought its own challenges. I was on Canadian TV the other day, and I’m doing Skype interviews with people all over the world. So, I’m having to learn to do my own make-up.”

Mel went on to name Sisley’s Instant Eclat Glow Primer as one of her go-to products, as it really helps to even out her skin tone before she applies concealer or foundation.

Yet, the singer does have at least one beauty expert in her house who she can call on for tips and tricks.

“My daughter, who is 11 years old, she’s obsessed with James Charles and Jeffree Star, she knows all about contouring. I feel like I missed out – I was a little raver in the early ’90s. We didn’t really do our hair and make-up. We were just sweaty,” the 46-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Mel shared that she took a lot of ice baths in the lead-up to the Spice Girls’ reunion shows last year, but has since switched to soaks in the tub with a sprinkling of Westlab Epsom Salts.

“They’re full of magnesium, which is really good for your muscles. Your body takes it in, and it can really help with a good night’s sleep,” she added.

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Geri Horner used tea towel to create first Union Jack dress

Geri Horner has recalled how she cut up a tea towel to create her first Union Jack dress during her days with the Spice Girls.In a new video for Vogue, Ginger Spice detailed the back story behind the now-iconic minidress, which landed her on the front …

Geri Horner has recalled how she cut up a tea towel to create her first Union Jack dress during her days with the Spice Girls.

In a new video for Vogue, Ginger Spice detailed the back story behind the now-iconic minidress, which landed her on the front of every British newspaper the day after she sported it for the girl group’s BRIT Awards performance in 1997.

Remembering how she was handed a short black Gucci dress to wear for the Spice Girls’ special performance, Geri then decided to ramp it up by adding the flag to the front.

“I don’t know if this is true, but you’re not meant to cut up a (British) flag,” she said. “In the olden days, you could be sent to the Tower (of London)… so I found a tea towel.”

Geri enlisted her sister, who is “better at sewing”, as seamstress, before a stylist tried to shut down the show-stopping fashion statement, announcing the outfit was “racist” because of the flag’s association with far-right nationalists.

“I was like, ‘Oh my goodness… no, stop. We (Spice Girls) celebrate all cultures,'” the 47-year-old recalled, before going on to share her amazement at the press coverage. “I woke up the next morning and the picture of me in that dress was on the front page of every newspaper. That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for. People would wear their own version of it. Suddenly, you saw the British flag on a lot of fashion. It came back to that thing of being proud of who we are.”

And Geri still feels rather proud of her own kitchen-to-stage transformation.

“I’ve always been, like, a secret fashion designer,” she laughed.

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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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Victoria Beckham once tried out a raw egg white face mask

Victoria Beckham once experimented with a face mask made entirely of raw egg whites.In a new interview with Elle.com, the fashion designer opened up about her daily skincare regime. But while Victoria, 45, loves indulging in luxury skin treatments, she…

Victoria Beckham once experimented with a face mask made entirely of raw egg whites.

In a new interview with Elle.com, the fashion designer opened up about her daily skincare regime. But while Victoria, 45, loves indulging in luxury skin treatments, she admitted that not all of her at-home experiments have been successful.

When quizzed about the craziest thing she’s done in the name of beauty, she replied: “I once put raw egg whites on my face as a mask.”

It is thought that the protein in egg whites can help to absorb excess oil and may also have skin-tightening effects.

Elsewhere in the interview, Victoria – who recently launched her own make-up and skincare collection – insisted that her best beauty secret is to “take vitamins, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and be kind to yourself”.

And she also revealed that she is now in the best shape of her life.

“(My body is) the best it could be,” the mother-of-four shared.

The former Spice Girl also urged women to stop feeling bad about wanting to take care of themselves and asserted that she doesn’t care if people think that she’s vain.

“I don’t think vanity has to be negative. I think there can be a positive take on it: you just want to look the best that you can,” she explained. “I don’t think we should feel guilty about looking after ourselves.”

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Victoria Beckham developing her own foundation

Victoria Beckham is developing her very own foundation product.The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ingredients. Victo…

Victoria Beckham is developing her very own foundation product.

The fashion designer and beauty executive Sarah Creal co-founded Victoria Beckham Beauty earlier this year, with the line comprised of clean cosmetics made with luxurious ingredients.

Victoria recently announced that she was launching a priming moisturiser formulated in collaboration with scientists at high-end German skincare company Augustinus Bader, and in a new Instagram video, revealed she is gearing up to add a foundation to her line too.

When asked for the name of the foundation she wears, the fashion star commented: “I’m wearing (my) own foundation. It’s actually a secret, but it’s fantastic!”

Victoria gave no further details relating to the foundation or when it may be released, though she did note that she is thoroughly enjoying working on her skincare and cosmetics ranges and insisted that she has accepted the ageing process.

“There’s not a lot you can do about (ageing). I’m O.K., I like the fact I’m getting older, I feel much more confident than when I was younger,” the 45-year-old explained. “I accept who I am, I make the best of who I am and what I have. I’m not trying to change anything. I’m certainly not trying to look any younger. I just want to look the best that I can look.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Victoria was asked about the one beauty look she regrets, and she pinpointed her look at the 1998 American Music Awards when she was part of the Spice Girls as her least favourite.

“I will never ever recreate what I looked like at the American Music Awards,” she smiled. “It was way too heavy, it was a lot of make-up, it was a lot of hair, not a lot of clothes. But it’s a journey (and I) learned a lot from that look.”

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Victoria Beckham releasing beauty products every month to keep consumers excited

Victoria Beckham decided to release her beauty products every month rather than all at once to keep her consumer base excited for the next drop. The singer-turned-fashion designer launched her Victoria Beckham Beauty brand in September with the Smoky …

Victoria Beckham decided to release her beauty products every month rather than all at once to keep her consumer base excited for the next drop.

The singer-turned-fashion designer launched her Victoria Beckham Beauty brand in September with the Smoky Eye Wardrobe, a collection consisting of eyeshadow palettes, cream shadows, and eyeliners, and she followed that up with Your Perfect Pout lip kit, which featured a lip tint and six lip pencils, in October.

Earlier this week, she revealed that she was making her debut in the skincare market with the Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser, a collaboration with German skincare expert Augustinus Bader, for her November drop.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night, Beckham was asked why she decided to do monthly drops rather than release the whole beauty line in one go and she explained that the business model “makes sense”.

“You know I launched this beauty brand because I wanted to create a beauty brand of the future, with a real focus on clean beauty, sustainability and not comprising with the formulas and making sure that things are active and going direct to consumer,” the 45-year-old explained. “It makes sense to do regular drops – it keeps it more exciting for the consumer, for my community.”

Jimmy then jokingly asked Beckham if it was necessary to buy separate moisturisers for the body and face, or if it was simply a marketing ploy, and she insisted that “there’s a lot of science that goes into these products”.

Beckham also said that she will be sending products from her line to her Spice Girls bandmates – Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Geri Horner, and Emma Bunton.

“I haven’t (yet) because I’ve only just got mine but will send it to the Spice Girls,” she added.

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