At age 18, Victoria Beckham had a case of bad acne; she also struggled with feelings that she was "not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing" at her theater arts college. But in a letter she penned to her former self for British Vogue, the designer had this piece of advice: "learn to embrace your imperfections."
The knowledge Victoria has now—that it's best to "let your skin breathe," and not succumb to silly fad diets—didn't come without some trial and error, though. In the letter, the former Spice Girl recalls wearing too much makeup, eating tons of "Super Noodles" because they were said to be fat free, and piling on so much hairspray she looked like she escaped from a wind tunnel.
Victoria also came clean about her plastic surgery: "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.
The message makes sense, coming from a member of the famous "Girl Power" band. "The judges of the competition [to cast the Spice Girls] will match you to four other girls, all misfits in their own ways. Together you will make it OK to look different," she wrote, recalling her experiments with PVC catsuits, chokers, and "weird spiky blond hair."
But as the times change, so does fashion. Victoria reflected on her own style evolution, noting that over time she's swapped in sneakers for towering stillettos, and now prefers a crisp white shirt over a body-con minidress. She also imparted a genius fashion tip: "Wear sunglasses a lot. Even inside. Especially at airports. They turn a nothing-outfit into something quite pulled together and cool."
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