When you think Victoria Beckham and of how successful she is in the fashion industry, you will never have guessed that such a beauty once had teenage insecurities. She has made, broken and revived trends that one could hardly phantom. She even dabbled in music, but we cannot compare that to her success in Fashion. Till date, she still has a lot to offer the fashion industry.
Today, Victoria Beckham was revealed as the cover star for October’s Vogue issue. She accompanies this with a heartfelt letter to her 18-year-old self, titled “What I Wish I’d Known”.
“Learn more about football, especially the offside rule,” she tells herself, referring to her husband’s former career. “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,” Beckham adds, disclosing the details of the couple’s first meeting.
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.)
She shares her insecurities as growing up saying:
“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.)”
She adds the best part about what she has overcome:
You are going to have so much fun with your clothes – PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair,” the multi-British Fashion Award winner recalls. “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.”
This letter written and addressed to Victoria Beckham is an inspiration to every 18 year old out there. We all have our insecurities and if Victoria Beckham can overcome hers and become who she is today, then so can you and I.
Written by Nkem Ikeh
Letter source: vogue.co.uk – Images: Lachlan Bailey/ Vogue
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