Victoria Beckham has went through a massive style evolution since her days as Posh in the Spice Girls.
Along the way she’s made some interesting choices — and she’s the first to admit some of her looks weren’t the best.
The singer-turned-fashion designer has penned a letter to her 18-year-old self for the latest issue of British Vogue. In the honest piece, Beckham talks about body image and marriage and warns her younger self about some of the more outlandish style choices she’ll make over time — the main one being breast enhancements.
“ … I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it — stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got,” she wrote in the magazine.
Beckham, 42, also comforted her younger self about her insecurities.
“Your complexion will sort itself out (in fact you will launch your own make-up brand); as soon as the eighties are over, your perm will die down, and your weight will settle itself,” she wrote. “At school you eat Super Noodles and boxes of Frosties because they say they are fat free, and you will endure many other silly fad diets (including an addiction to green juices). Instead, learn to embrace your imperfections — that is what I want to tell you.”
The designer continued: “Let your skin breathe; wear less make-up. (And don’t ever let that make-up artist shave your eyebrows! The effects last forever.) You will always be addicted to Elnett hairspray but you will tone it down. Less of the ‘Hello! I just got stuck in a wind tunnel’, please.”
Despite her tongue-in-cheek warnings, Beckham added the dramatic looks during her evolution from pop star to fashion icon add “interest” to her life.
“You are going to have so much fun with your clothes — PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous,” she wrote. “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 told her younger self that even though she would go on to build a respected fashion empire, she should not become “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,” she wrote. “Wear sunglasses a lot. Even inside. Especially at airports. They turn a nothing-outfit into something quite pulled together and cool.”
Remembering the time she met her husband David Beckham in the Manchester United players’ lounge, she offered advice on their marriage.
“Have patience. Bite your tongue. Be supportive. And preserve a bit of mystique,” she wrote. “Never let yourself go completely (at least brush your hair, clean your teeth, have a bit of a brow going on because you will always want him to look at you and feel attracted).”