Victoria Beckham Pens An Honest Letter To Her Future Self
11 JANUARY 2021
Having penned a letter in British Vogue to her 18-year-old self back in January 2017, for 2021 Victoria Beckham looks to the years to come in a missive for her older and wiser “future self”.
photo credits: @VictoriaBeckham photographed by @MikaelJansson and styled by @KPhelan123, with hair by @JamesPecis, make-up by @Hannah_Murray1, nails by @AnatoleRainey and set design by @AndyHillmanStudio for the October 2018 issue of @BritishVogue.
Dear Future Victoria,
Years ago, you wrote a letter to your 18-year-old self. As it’s a new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and pen a letter to my older and **fingers crossed** wiser Future Self.
2020 and 2021 are in the distant past, but you’ve carried the lessons of that time with you. I hope you are reading this on a beach, surrounded by all the people you love! Give them huge hugs for me (wait, am I the shortest in the family now?!). You’ve experienced more togetherness with your family than you ever imagined possible (all 293 days of it and counting), and it is something you’ll no doubt cherish.
Building a fashion and beauty business requires passion, tenacity, fearlessness; it’s not for the faint-hearted. Building one in a pandemic was nearly impossible... but I know you, and you will use this experience to grow and expand. The reality of being a mum, a wife, a friend, and a businesswoman creates a constantly shifting push-pull in life. But you think big, love the hustle, and you never take no for an answer. Always remember your mantra: “work hard and be kind”. Do you have this embroidered on a pillow yet?
Remember years ago, watching your dear friend Elton John on stage in Las Vegas. He performed “Tiny Dancer”, as if it were the first time, and you realised this was like oxygen for him. It was a life-changing moment — while singing and dancing was fun for you, it wasn’t your passion. That day, you started your quest to uncover your own dreams. It was time to step away from being a Spice Girl. For the first time, you were venturing out on your own, and it was terrifying. It was scary to close a chapter that defined you. I know you are still reinventing yourself, taking on new challenges, and ignoring the naysayers. You always look beyond the conventional wisdom to pave your own path. First, you found this passion in fashion, and most recently, beauty. What comes next? I’m dying to know.
Speaking of beauty, do you remember the tips you practised during lockdown?
You’ve said f*ck it, and put on a great dress and a smoky eye. You always liked to surprise people – especially David. Preserving that bit of mystique is always helpful after almost 22 years of marriage. (What anniversary are you celebrating now?)
I hope your skin is thanking you for the bottles of Priming Moisturizer and Power Serum I’ve slathered on... and that you’ve gained some laughter lines along the way. A healthy glow has always been your ideal state. (Is Professor Augustinus Bader still on speed dial..? Oh wait, are there still phones?). And I wear SPF every day for you, you’re welcome!
As a businesswoman, you are aware of the sceptics — but the community has embraced the clean, high-performance products that we’ve created. That’s the best part of what we do, the reason behind every product in the collection, now and in the future. It’s certainly true for the one we are about to launch. It is something I’ve had in my head since day one, and we’ve finally been able to master it. You are still wearing this now, I’m sure.
Keep up the juggling act. It’s never easy but tremendously rewarding – a privilege.
Here’s to the future.
PS: Please tell me you’re still wearing heels.
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