Victoria Beckham wishes she hadn’t messed with her body by getting plastic surgery.
In Beckham’s letter to her 18-year-old self for British Vogue, which was previously published as an excerpt online and in full in the magazine’s October 2016 issue, the Spice Girl discusses her struggles with acne and body image. She tells her younger self to accept her imperfections and to ease up on the Elnett hairspray. “And I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs,” adds Beckham. “All those years I denied it – stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
She encourages her teenage counterpart to answer an ad for a girl band that will “make it OK to look different” and sell 75 million records. “You will travel on private planes, visit incredible countries, stay in fantastic hotels,” writes Beckham.”You will storm into people’s offices, leap on to tables in hotels and go crazy (although you will also be the one checking that the table isn’t going to collapse). You will meet Nelson Mandela, Mariah Carey and Elton John. But please, I implore you, keep a diary. There will be so many amazing moments, and you will forget.”
As we previously shared, Beckham admits that she was a little tipsy when she first met her future husband, David Beckham, in the Manchester United players’ lounge. She recalls, “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.”
Victoria addresses other instances of fate that would arrive later in her career, including the development of her own makeup brand years after she struggled with a poor complexion and, surprise, her own line of sunglasses that she created after she fell in love with Aviators.
“Collectively, I now see, the Spice Girls were victims of our own success, believing we could do anything, that the sky was the limit, that we could do it all on our own. You will learn from that, and when you have another opportunity you will not lose it again.”
Read more on what Posh Spice has learned about marriage and being a mother by reading the letter in its entirety over on Vogue.com.