We love it when stars pretend to be relatable or “just like us.” It might come off as insincere or not genuine, but at least they make the effort, y’know? It shows they are at least aware of their privileged lifestyles, which is way better than when particularly out of touch famous people talk about how chic the homeless are, or recommend $1,000 shot glasses as gag gifts.
But the best part of when celebrities try to come off as totally normal people is how awkward it can be.
The Times’ Sarah Lyell starts with Beckham’s glorious celebrity house, which helps throw into sharp relief the casual, hardworking Victoria Beckham of the profile, who is a woman in a T-shirt and “careless ponytail,” which just makes us think of how much product actually goes into a “messy bun.” (Without a pint of salt spray, many of us just get normal, tidy, schoolmarm buns.)
… in the last few years, a new kind of renown has been creeping up on Victoria Beckham, an unfamiliar phenomenon in a Kardashian world where people are famous for just being famous. This is the renown that comes from having a serious job and being seriously good at it.
Did that really happen? We were pretty sure Beckham isn’t primarily famous for being a really good fashion designer. Marc Jacobs is famous for being a really good fashion designer; Victoria Beckham is still primarily famous for being the Spice Girl with the hot husband who also has a pretty successful clothing line.
But apparently for this profile, we’re going to be focusing on Beckham as hardworking career woman.
“I am very career minded, and I think my personality is more suited to America,” she said. “I am a working mum.”
This reminds us so much of how Gwyneth Paltrow is constantly talking about how much smarter and more cultured people are in Europe, but in a much less shitty way. Did we trade Gwyneth Paltrow to the U.K. and get Victoria Beckham in exchange? We might have gotten the better end of that deal.
Celebrities always seem to claim the “working mum” tag on a technicality. While they are definitely mothers who have real, difficult jobs, we really like them best when they openly acknowledge that their lives are different. (Rosie O’Donnell earned love forever when she said that while she was a mother and single, she was also a very rich woman with a lot of help.)
Her ambition is endless. “I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can,” she said. “There are more categories that I want to enter into. I have five categories at the moment. But at some point I would love to do shoes, I would love to do fragrance, I would love to do makeup, I would like to do underwear. There are so many things I want to do.”
Victoria Beckham is the James Franco of fashion.
Her first collection evoked the work of Roland Mouret, one of whose dresses she made famous when she wore it to David’s official introduction ceremony with the Los Angeles Galaxy …
That’s a diplomatic way of describing the debut of that first collection, where everyone seemed to say, “Victoria Beckham’s clothes were great, but then I’ve always loved Roland Mouret.”
… but she has gradually acquired a new boldness, the confidence to find her own style. Her current collection for fall is widely considered one of the standouts of the season, with masculine-influenced coats, long hemlines and skirts and trousers that skim the body rather than cling to it.
While it is great that Posh is coming into her own as a designer, we find ourselves thinking that normally designers find their own style before becoming designers, not five years after starting successful fashion lines.
“Beckham isn’t nearly as controlling of her office environment as she is of her public image,” reads a caption on a photo of Beckham’s artfully messy office. The photo is credited to Juergen Teller.
She declined the suggestion to include a plate of grapes or some such in the picture. “We don’t want anyone to know I eat,” she said. “Why ruin that?”
Possibly the most envy-inducing thing about the entire article, however, is the news that David Beckham does the cooking, and he’s great at it.
When David was playing soccer in Italy a few years ago, she explained, the family was living in L.A., and he was left alone on his days off. “So he decided to go to culinary school.”
David freaking Beckham is a trained cook? And makes the dinners? We never knew what envy was until we read that.
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