Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham has long had to deal with outside attitudes surrounding her body. Now, she’s speaking out about changing attitudes towards different body shapes, and how “liberating” the shift has been for her.
Speaking with Grazia, the fashion mogul and mum of 4 revealed that she spent time in Miami during the pandemic, and the range of body shapes she saw, coupled with a high dose of confidence, made her realize that women today “want to look healthy, and curvy. They want to have some boobs — and a bum.”
“It’s an old-fashioned attitude, wanting to be really thin,” the Spice Girl told the outlet.
"There are a lot of really curvy women in Miami, and they really own it, you know?" she continued. "They walk along Miami beach with not a lot of clothes on, and they look fantastic. They show their bodies off with such confidence. I found both their attitude and their style really liberating."
Seeing as how she is also the doting mother to her 10-year-old daughter Harper, that revelation was something she welcomed for her mini-me.
“And as a mother, I loved that Harper was around women who were really celebrating their curves and enjoying how they look,” she added.
When the reporter points out that VB, who for decades has been called either "too thin" or even unhealthy by the unrelenting British tabloids, is still quite thin, Victoria pushed back.
“It’s not about being a certain size. It’s about knowing who you are and being happy with who you are,” she says. “I have found my own balance between wanting to have fun and being disciplined about eating healthily and working out. When you’re younger you fight against that balance, but through being older I’ve reached a place where I know what that balance looks like. I just know what works for me.”
She also tells the outlet that she has started incorporating weight lifting into her gym routine with hubby David Beckham, and that now she has much more muscle tone to be proud of. “Every woman wants a nice, round, curvy bottom, right?" she says.
Posh has been open about her struggling attitude with her body in the past. In 2016, she wrote a letter to her teen self for British Vogue, where she revealed, “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.)"
For over two decades, VB has had to answer to the media about their relentless curiosity about her body shape. In 2000, she was confronted on the British talk show Parkinson about being supposedly anorexic, and the interview that hasn’t aged well.
Posh told the host at the time, in typically sassy but polite fashion, “I have a perfectly healthy diet. I know I’m fine. My family know that I’m fine, but there are lots of young children out there who look up to the Spice Girls, and, think ‘Goodness, you know, are you meant to be thin?’ I look the way that I look now, I used to be a lot bigger, and I lost a lot of weight after having Brooklyn, but this is just the way that I look now.”
In 2019, VB was criticized for, as The Daily Mail pointed out, using an “ill looking, skeletal model” in her ad campaigns; in 2015 critics called her VB Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show in NYC “a parade of skeletons.” The outlet also reports that Posh was snapped in 2008 carrying around a controversial book written by a model, entitled, “Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want To Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!”