Victoria Beckham enjoying lockdown lie-ins

Victoria Beckham is finding it a real luxury to be getting up late during lockdown.The designer, who’s enjoying lockdown with her famous family in their Cotswolds home in England, has been able to snooze her usual 6am alarm in recent months. Talking…

Victoria Beckham is finding it a real luxury to be getting up late during lockdown.

The designer, who’s enjoying lockdown with her famous family in their Cotswolds home in England, has been able to snooze her usual 6am alarm in recent months.

Talking to Net-a-Porter, Victoria went through her typical morning routine, and confessed she’s revelling in the luxury lie-ins.

“I like to be up first. Each morning, the first thing I do is have three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, followed by a mug of hot water and lemon and multiple coffees,” she said. “I then like to get my workout done – and I have to say, the coffees help me do that. Normally, when the children are at school, I get up about 6am to work out, then I get their breakfast before I or David take them to school.

“But since we have been in lockdown, we are getting up a little bit later and getting more sleep. I go to bed quite late as we have older children and we like to hang out with them during the evening, so it’s been a real luxury to get more sleep just now.”

While some people have taken time out of their exercise regimes, Victoria says that’s not the case for her.

Explaining that her workout routine is “key” for her wellbeing, she further shed light on what it entails.

“Gwyneth Paltrow introduced me to the Tracy Anderson Method, and she has said that working out daily for her is like cleaning her teeth; it’s what you do,” she shared. “First, I do an uphill fast walk/run – it’s on quite an incline, so it’s good cardio. Then I do a session with weights and bands – either with my trainer or by myself.”

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David Beckham complimented by Matthew Perry after wearing iconic Friends T-shirt

David Beckham found himself being complimented by Matthew Perry after he wore a Friends T-shirt.The former soccer star shared a selfie on Instagram, showing him alongside wife Victoria Beckham while on a sunny afternoon stroll near their home. “Afterno…

David Beckham found himself being complimented by Matthew Perry after he wore a Friends T-shirt.

The former soccer star shared a selfie on Instagram, showing him alongside wife Victoria Beckham while on a sunny afternoon stroll near their home.

“Afternoon walk @victoriabeckham,” David wrote, and fans soon noticed his black T-shirt in the snap, which featured an image from the Friends episode The One Where No One’s Ready.

In the hilarious scene, Matthew’s character Chandler Bing is horrified when Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc wears every item of Chandler’s clothes while going commando, and jokes, “Could I be wearing any more clothes?”

And the 50-year-old actor quickly spotted David’s choice of T-shirt, and reposted the picture on his Instagram page.

“This guy has really good taste. Whoever that is.” Matthew quipped.

He then had to tell his followers that he knew exactly who David was, after some confused fans thought the funnyman was being serious.

“Guys, i know who it is! I was just joking,” Matthew added.

And the sportsman knew the scene so well, that he even referenced it in a comment underneath the actor’s photo.

“Yes @cruzbeckham got me the shirt but could I be wearing anymore clothes” David wrote, while his 15-year-old son Cruz also added: “Guess who bought him the shirt!”

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Victoria Beckham launching T-shirt to raise funds for LGBTQ+ charity

Victoria Beckham is selling a new T-shirt to help raise funds for an LGBTQ+ charity.To show her support for Pride during June 2020, the British fashion designer has unveiled a white top featuring the words Listen Without Prejudice in rainbow text, with…

Victoria Beckham is selling a new T-shirt to help raise funds for an LGBTQ+ charity.

To show her support for Pride during June 2020, the British fashion designer has unveiled a white top featuring the words Listen Without Prejudice in rainbow text, with 25 per cent of each sale going to the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) – an organisation that supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the U.K. who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

Referring to her choice of slogan in an Instagram post, Beckham explained that she wanted to pay tribute to the late George Michael and his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

“I’ve always felt a deep connection to the LGBTQ+ community and am proud to help support their continued message of positive change and inclusivity,” she wrote. “My Pride T-shirt this year features the name of @georgemofficial’s iconic 1990 album, released exactly 30 years ago and used with the blessing of his estate. He was a true icon and the album, his music, and this T-shirt are reminders to always be kind and listen to one another – something I wholeheartedly believe in and a message I live by every day.”

“It is a statement that espouses the importance of diversity – of race, background, gender identity and expression, sexuality, socioeconomic status, religious and political belief, physical ability and age – and is a reminder to celebrate love and equality above all else,” a brand representative added of the slogan.

The T-shirts, made of organic cotton jersey, are priced at $120 (£95) and are available to purchase from Beckham’s website and Dover Street store in London.

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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 reverses decision to use government scheme to furlough staff

Victoria Beckham has reversed the decision to use a government scheme to furlough staff at her label.Last month, the fashion designer was heavily criticised when she and board members moved to furlough 30 of her 120 staff for at least two months, which…

Victoria Beckham has reversed the decision to use a government scheme to furlough staff at her label.

Last month, the fashion designer was heavily criticised when she and board members moved to furlough 30 of her 120 staff for at least two months, which would have cost around $188,000 (£150,000) in government funds.

Victoria, who has a net worth of $420 million (£335 million), has now had a change of heart, and in a statement on Thursday, announced that the application to the government scheme will now be withdrawn and all employees will be restored to their roles.

“We will not now be drawing on the government furlough scheme,” the 46-year-old told British newspaper The Guardian. “At the beginning of the lockdown, the shareholders agreed with senior management to furlough a small proportion of staff. At that point, we didn’t know how long the lockdown might last or its likely impact on the business.

“The welfare of my team and our business means everything to me.”

A spokesperson for the Victoria Beckham label added that after the company was forced to go into lockdown “overnight” back in March, decisions were made to “try and protect our staff”.

“We’ve now reconsidered and we accept there’s a better way forward for our business. These are tough times and tough decisions and we don’t always get it right – all we can say is we are trying to protect our business and our staff,” they commented.

The fashion brand has seen unprecedented online sales since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Italian factories that produce the Victoria Beckham garments set to reopen on 11 May.

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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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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander donate to coronavirus relief efforts

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and t…

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and the baseball player revealed he would be receiving weekly paycheques from Major League Baseball (MLB) bosses while the sports season is suspended and they would be donating that income to a different organisation every week.

“Hey everyone, so I just found out MLB is going to be providing us a paycheque for the next couple of months,” he said, before noting that it is a difficult time for those in need and adding, “We have decided to donate that paycheque.”

“Yes, we’re going to pick an organisation every week who’s doing really good work right now and donate the entire week’s paycheque to that organisation,” Kate continued. “We’ll also be highlighting the organisation that we choose so that everyone can see the amazing work they’re doing right now.”

In the lengthy caption to his video, the sportsman wrote, “Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies, and support at home.

“We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand.”

Many fashion brands and designers have made donations to aid coronavirus relief efforts, while Victoria Beckham recently announced she would be donating a percentage of sales of her clothing and beauty lines to food bank organisations in the U.K. and U.S.

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Victoria Beckham praises creatives for providing ‘escapism’ amid coronavirus crisis

Victoria Beckham has praised creative industries for providing “escapism and inspiration” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The fashion designer took to Instagram on Monday to share a selection of images from her cover photoshoot for the April 2020 issue o…

Victoria Beckham has praised creative industries for providing “escapism and inspiration” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The fashion designer took to Instagram on Monday to share a selection of images from her cover photoshoot for the April 2020 issue of Vogue Mexico magazine.

In the accompanying caption, Beckham explained that the shots were taken last September, which feels like a “different reality and time” now.

“I had so much fun shooting for @VogueMexico in New York a few months ago with the most incredible team,” she posted. “I hope that our creative industries can keep playing their part in allowing all of us some momentary escapism and inspiration as we live through these unprecedented times.

“I hold the memory of this shoot day with great happiness and so I decided to share it – and Vogue Mexico have made sure you can download the April issue for free x I hope you enjoy it. x.”

In addition to helping provide some light relief for fans, the 45-year-old is donating 20 per cent of sales from her namesake clothing and make-up brands to coronavirus relief efforts.

Proceeds from online orders will benefit The Trussell Trust food bank charity in the U.K. and the Feeding America organisation in the U.S.

“We are committed to caring and supporting those on the front lines of the Covid-19 relief efforts – words can’t describe how thankful we all are for the bravery and hard work of everyone who is making significant sacrifices to keep us safe. We are in this together,” a spokesperson commented. “At Victoria Beckham and Victoria Beckham Beauty, we firmly believe that during these uncertain times, feeding yourself and your family should not be one of those uncertainties. We are committed to helping the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

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