At age 12, I was singing along to “Wannabe” while pretending to be Posh Spice. At 22, I was sporting a new pixie haircut and wearing heels with shorts to classes. And another 10 years later, here I am losing my damn mind over her collaboration with Target (which is pretty amazing).
Victoria Beckham has been a fashion icon for quite some time now, and her critically acclaimed fashion line is respected by celebrities and the who’s who of fashion. A successful designer, bestselling author and 90s pop sensation, Victoria Beckham is tough, smart, savvy and one of our all-time favorite celebrity moms. Here are just a few of the reasons we love Victoria.
She’s not afraid to take risks.
I’ve said it before, and I can’t say it enough; the only person whose opinion matters is yours. If you wear something, own it. Who cares what anyone thinks? You just do you. In her recent essay for Vogue, Victoria penned a letter to her 18 year-old self and reflected on the highs and lows of her career, including laughing off her less fashionable moments. Whether she was sporting little black Gucci dresses or heeled sneakers or amped up cleavage, these looks were an expression of where she was in life. And that is what fashion is all about.
She is hilarious.
No doubt, this mama should be the celebrity spokesperson for resting bitch face syndrome (reason #3 why we love her). And like most women with RBF, she is funny af. If you didn’t watch her reality TV show, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, do yourself a favor and watch it now. Because it’s always so refreshing when celebrities don’t take themselves so seriously.
F*** the paparazzi.
She’s been a target for the paps for decades, and I appreciate her sense of humor in coping with this part of fame. She’s shared more than once that her moody paparazzi expressions are very deliberate – whether it’s because she thinks it looks silly or because she’s uncomfortable being photographed or because she has “a responsibility to the fashion community.” But you also have to appreciate her successful attempts at maintaining the boundary between her public persona and personal life.
She isn’t afraid to show a little PDA.
You know what we need more of in this world? Love. Last year, Mama Beckham received criticism for an Insta post giving her daughter a kiss on the lips. I’d just like to go on the record as saying The Modern Mamanista moms fully support showing your children love, and we love nothing more than giving our little ones sweet kisses. What we don’t support? Mom shaming. Victoria, we love you for sharing this sweet mummy-daughter moment!
She is the ultimate success story.
The only thing better than a rags-to-riches story is watching an individual persevere through overwhelming public doubt and criticism to become a respected, global powerhouse. VB was featured on the cover of April’s InStyle, and the article focused on her transition from Posh Spice to renowned fashion designer and businesswoman. I loved reading about her recent interaction with Tom Ford in which he said, “You know, I don’t even think of you any more as that person.” I couldn’t help but smile. Having personally experienced that affirmation of vindication (albeit on a much smaller scale), I knew how incredibly satisfying that moment was for her.
And I think that Victoria Beckham’s relatability is, ultimately, what makes her so special. She is incredibly beautiful, talented and successful, and yet women everywhere can still connect with her. And her hard work, drive and determination are something all young women should strive for in their own careers.