My adulation for Victoria Beckham is no secret and as the fashion designer turns 40 this week, I thought it appropriate to dedicate a series of blog posts to the lady herself. First up is a collection of some her best and most inspiring (?) quotes with the pop princess-turned-style maven offering pearls of wisdom on everything from child rearing to her husband’s famous package. Victoria may have left her days as a naughty Spice Girl behind her, but even as she approaches the big FOUR O, she proves that she is still the same cheeky Essex girl she always was, despite being clad head-to-toe in eponymous designer creations.
Her expert knowledge of sport:
“I don’t know much about football, but I know what a goal is and surely that’s the main thing about football.”
Her teenage ambition:
“I want to be as famous as Persil Automatic.” ICONIC BEYOND WORDS.
On her infamous pout:
“I actually used to smile a lot in pictures. I think I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion. Fashion stole my smile.”
On Goldenballs’, erm, golden balls:
“He does have a huge one, though. He does. You can see it in the advert. It is all his. It is like a tractor exhaust pipe.” Jaysis, Victoria.
That time she could have been mistaken for Socrates:
“Sometimes the easiest things are always the hardest.” P-R-O-F-O-U-N-D.
“I don’t want to be seen smiling or eating, perish the thought!”
She isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself:
“They always say ‘David is so handsome and she’s so funny’, which basically means you’re a pig with a sense of humour.”
She says things like this and I think she’s actually being serious:
“I can’t concentrate in flats.”
The notions on her when she brought Harper shopping when she was still a newborn baby:
“I brought Harper into Prada and she loved it. It was as if she was saying ‘Mummy, I’m home.’”
She actually does have a grip on reality, though:
“You have to remember that when you’re a performer you become a celebrity, but you are not saving lives. It’s not that important.”
Proving that she and David are the most perfect celebrity parents:
“My children bloody will work!” Same as myself, same as David. They’re not going to be kids who just hang about. I want them to be able to fulfil their passions, but I think it’s important that the children grow up and have respect for themselves.”
When she loves something:
“This is MAJOR!”
ANYTIME you ask her what her clothing line is about:
“It’s about empowering women.” EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
She now expresses the 90’s Girl Power zeitgeist of the Spice Girls with a more grown-up grasp on feminism:
“It is thought provoking how a man in charge can be described as commanding, but a woman in the same situation may be called bossy.”
The pros and cons of being a style icon:
“I love my heels, but I have to go to a sex shop to get this spray to polish them.”
She is kind to animals and paints her dog’s nails to make her feel glam:
“It is dog-friendly nail polish, before we even go there because I know that is an issue. She’s a bulldog and she needs all the help she can get. We try to feminize her a little bit and make her feel sexy.”
She has the same concerns as the rest of us:
“I’m getting really self-conscious that I’m starting to look like a miserable bitch.”
And finally, some solid life advice:
“If you haven’t got it, fake it!”
Never change, Victoria. EVER. Happy 40th Birthday, you perfect creature.