Victoria Beckham Writes Emotional Note To Her Insecure Teenage Self
She is Posh Spice, the multi-millionaire wife of David Beckham , mum of four beautiful children and owner of palatial properties around the world.
She has won over sceptics who so wanted to slate her when she set up a high-end fashion label, which is now widely acclaimed.
But in 1992, the 18-year-old aspiring singer Victoria Adams was crippled by insecurities, believing she was a fat, spotty, ugly teenager whose dreams of fame were castles in the air.
Penning an emotional letter to her teenage self in Vogue magazine, Victoria Beckham, now 42, sets out to reassure her that life will all turn out well, in spite of her anxieties.
She begins: “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.)”
Following years of “complete hell” at the hands of bullies at secondary school , where she was teased relentlessly for her “ski jump nose”, acne and the wealthy family who dropped her at the gates each morning in a Rolls-Royce, by 18, Victoria has said she felt a “complete wreck”.
Victoria was 20 when she joined Touch, the band which would later rebrand as the Spice Girls.
But at 18, the Wannabe had just been through a tough year at theatre school.
While failing to shine in her lessons, she had also failed to connect with her classmates, and was rejected from several modelling jobs, knocking her confidence even more.
Of her time studying tap, ballet and jazz dance, Victoria has admitted: “It wasn’t easy because I wouldn’t say that I have natural talent. I was never picked for auditions.
“Some teachers used to say to me, ‘You’ll never make it,’ or ‘You’re too fat,’ or ‘You don’t look right.’
“It was because I didn’t have long legs, blonde hair and natural acting ability.”
But one thing the young Victoria never lacked was forward thinking about fashion.
Ahead of the trendy teenager lay three decades of wearing nothing but high heels – resulting in painful bunions.
Even after surgery, a 30-something Victoria would never have been able to guess that by this February, she would be swapping six-inch stilettos for Adidas trainers as she debuted a new collection at New York Fashion Week.
Throughout her career she has put her style above almost everything else, and it has paid off.