PROFILE - Victoria Beckham: From Stages To Catwalks As A Power Woman
When you hear of Victoria Beckham, if you only think of Spice Girls and a singer-turned-fashion designer, you are mistaken. She is a true girlboss who slowly but steadily has built up her reputation in fashion, she is now one of the most renowned British fashion designers of all time, making her mark on the industry, and being adored by fellow creators and celebrities alike.
Getting there was certainly not an easy ride for VB, she faced skepticism from critics, and most people saw her brand as some another failed celebrity venture attempt. Like a true boss, she has proved everyone wrong, which impressed us to nominate her as one of our She Is Rebel idols!
Here are 5 things you may not know – but will make you fall in love with her personality and attitude as a powerful woman all the more.
1. She Takes A Risk As A Business Woman
Starting up a fashion brand when you are most known for being Posh Spice is bound to get you some criticism. Everyone’s going to see it as a failed celebrity attempt to crack the fashion industry without any previous knowledge or experience. And that’s just in the boardroom. She started off her brand by creating skin-tight bodycon dresses, before experimenting with looser silhouettes that are very emblematic of her brand today such as edgy yet laid-back tailoring. She never sticks with what she’s done, but dares to explore the unknown.
2. Despite This, She Stays True To Herself
Just because she experiments, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t stay true to herself – in fact, you can pretty much recognize a VB piece instantly! How? Well Victoria uses simple lines, classic tailoring and sophistication to build up her collections – her experiences in both the UK and the US seem to connect harmoniously within her brand. She sticks to her timeless chic without succumbing to crazy trends, unlike some of her competitors who seem to fall at the first hurdle. She knows what will last the tests of time, and that’s what we love about her!
3. She's Ambitious
As we mentioned before, Victoria is an expert at proving people wrong – after a failed solo stint after the Spice Girls, she turned her hand to fashion. Despite skepticism, her company grew by 2900% in the space of 5 years, proving that she could turn her dream into reality. She has always had a passion for fashion, spending most of the Spice Girls’ clothing budget on high-end brands such as Gucci, with her iconic dress she wore on top of the Spice Girls’ tour bus.
4. She Is A Good Networker
In fashion, who you know and who you impress can determine your future, and Victoria has used her past and present contacts to promote her label. She previously said in an interview that she loved having strong female mentors such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. She is now even a style mentor to the stars, having advised Meghan Markle, or now the Duchess of Sussex, when she first stepped out into the limelight after announcing her relationship with Prince Harry.
5. She Keeps It Real
She is very humble and often speaks out about women supporting women in business, having previously done a Facebook Live for International Women’s Day at her Dover Street store. During the live stream, she spoke of values to have to be a dignified businesswoman: “Work hard, be nice, be kind – the fundamentals that all people should use. Be focused, but have fun as well – having fun is important. And support each other. Be that girl that likes other females.” She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations for discussing serious issues like AIDs with fellow celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio. She recognizes that using her voice for important causes is necessary in today’s world where all eyes are on celebrities.
Victoria Beckham is one of our idols, and is a great symbol of a powerful woman in business. Who inspires you on a daily basis? And what do you aspire to be? Dream big Rebels!
By Emma Philo - Editor at She Is Rebel