Victoria Beckham: 'It Took Me Getting to 40 Years Old to Realize I Have a Powerful Voice'
"This means an enormous amount to me," Victoria Beckham said of being honored as one of Glamour's "Women of the Year"
Victoria Beckham has worked hard to get where she is today.
Beckham, 41, is among eight women to be honored at Glamour‘s 25th anniversary “Women of the Year” awards Monday night – and it’s an accolade the fashion designer and former songstress does not take lightly.
“This means an enormous amount to me,” Beckham said while appearing on Good Morning America with Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive. “I love to support and empower women.”
Beckham not only being honored for her fashion-business success, but for her work as an International Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations’ AIDS program.
“You know, it’s huge,” she said. “When UNAIDS invited me to be a UNAIDS Global Goodwill Ambassador, it was a huge honor and something that meant an enormous amount to me. This is something I’m very passionate about,” she said. “I’m spending a lot of time in Africa working very closely with the U.N., speaking on behalf of the incredible women that I’m working with and it took me getting to 40 years old to realize I have a powerful voice.”
“People will listen to what I say for whatever reason, and I can really make a difference,” she added. “It means a huge amount.”
Beckham also reflected on some of the best advice she’s received from another woman, revealing that it was fellow fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg who left a lasting impression on her.
Beckham said she confided in von Furstenberg about guilt she was feeling for working while she has four children at home.
“For me, I was having dinner with Diane von Furstenberg a few months ago and she’s a woman I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for,” she said. “I said to her, ‘Diane, when your children were younger and you were working, did you feel guilty?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely not. It’s a waste of time, a waste of energy, it’s aging.’ And she said, ‘Actually, you’re setting a good example with the fact that you’re a women, you’re going to work. You really are setting a good example.’ ”
After hearing von Furstenberg’s advice, it gave Beckham a new outlook on what it means to be a working mother.
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“And that was great advice because I’m sure there are lots of women right now watching TV who are thinking, ‘I feel guilty. I’ve got kids and I’m going to work.’ Actually, it is a positive message to be given to your children and to other women and children as well.”