Victoria Beckham appeared on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Vogue. The photograph was captioned with the words ‘Pure Style’. The story behind it, however, was something very intimate: a letter titled “What I Wish I’d Known” from the 42-year-old icon of lifestyle and fashion to her 18-year-old self.
In the letter, Posh Spice ponders upon the way in which the fashion world had changed in the intermittent years, she reflects on all her self-doubts and teenage insecurities. But the most poignant part of this unique, intimate look into Victoria’s thoughts and feelings is the part in which she describes the first meeting with the man who she would later marry.
We bring you perhaps the most interesting segment of Victoria Beckham’s letter to 18-year-old Victoria Adams
“I know you are struggling right now. 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.)
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. 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.
Falling in Love
Learn more about football, especially the offside rule. 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.)”
Victoria Adams married David Beckham on the 4th of July, 1999
The ceremony took place in Luttrellstown Castle, in the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland
The letter touches on numerous other personal and sensitive topics. Victoria’s experience with being bullied at school, childhood and lifelong weight issues, the Spice Girls, the fashion industry, but most important of all – advice on how to survive in the spotlight.
Well, she not only survived; she thrived.