The star writes a sweet note to her younger self

By Colleen Kratofil
Updated December 19, 2019 01:43 AM
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Victoria Beckham has a busy month ahead; she’ll be showing her ultra-successful eponymous fashion label during New York Fashion Week and she’s launching a major makeup collaboration with Estée Lauder in mid-September (which she’s wearing on the cover photo). So it’s fitting she’s capping off her successes with the October cover of British Vogue by looking back at her path to becoming a fashion mogul.

To accompany the spread, photographed by Lachlan Bailey, Beckham penned a letter to her teenage self entitled “What I Wish I’d Known.” She includes bits about her first time meeting husband David Beckham (it’s naturally, over-the-top adorable), recalls her “bad acne,” “too plump” adolescence and tells her younger self about the day she ditches heels for sneakers.

She still swoons over her meet cute with her hubby: “And yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge — although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy,” she writes.

But she seems to have the most important moments down. “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. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.”

While she and David make up one of the most stylish and sexy couples to ever hit the red carpet, she went through an awkward phase before her days as Posh Spice.

“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,” she shares. “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.)”

But her self-confidence turned around and she allowed fashion help her express herself. “You are going to have so much fun with your clothes — PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself.”

Beckham also understand that interests change over time and style evolves: “Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed.”

To read her entire letter, pick up the October issue hitting newsstands on September 8.