23 August 2013 by

10 Things We've Learnt From Victoria Beckham's New York Times T Magazine Profile

 

Victoria Beckham by Juergen Teller [T Magazine]

'Victoria Beckham, Working Girl' is the title of the New York Time's T Magazine profile on one of the fashion world's most photographed women. She may have started life as a fifth of a girl band, but five years ago VB struck out on her own and launched her own collection with an intimate presentation at New York Fashion Week. Since then she's quashed the critics, winning designer brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and wowing editors and customers alike by producing consistently polished and wearable pieces that she and her loyal A-list following, from Naomi Watts to Eva Longoria, regularly showcase on the red carpet and promotional trail.

Her namesake brand may be a well-oiled machine, but more recently Victoria has let her guard down, sharing personal pics on Instagram and now, allowing T Magazine free reign in her London headquarters.

Here's what we've learnt from the interview...

1. Her office is a tip

While the interviewer describes the interior of the Beckham home, including "Damien Hirst pictures", "monochrome walls" and "sumptuous gray sofas", the images taken of the designer by photographer Juergen Teller inside her Battersea HQ tell a very different story. Fabric and sketches are strewn across the carpet, cans of Coke and Pepsi are littered across a coffee table and VB is flopped on the floor in the middle of all the chaos. Demonstrating her sense of humour, she vetoed the idea of featuring a plate of grapes in the shot joking, “We don’t want anyone to know I eat. Why ruin that?”

2. She wants more, more, more

Not content with two successful clothing lines, Victoria has her heart set on total fashion world domination. She also wants to grow her customer base, explaining, “I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can. 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.”

3. America feels like her natural home

The Beckham clan may be settled in the UK for now, but Victoria is very honest about her love for the US: “I am very career minded, and I think my personality is more suited to America. I am a working mum.”

4. She doesn't have a personal chef (all the time)

Now you're wondering how she does it - run a fashion empire and take care of a family of four children. Well Victoria does admit to having a little help in the kitchen department, but not all the time. She said: “Chris comes in a couple of days a week and might make a giant lasagna so I can put it in the freezer and then do it myself.”

5. David is a whiz in the kitchen

Yes, that's right. Not only does he have a smile that literally makes us buckle over like baby fawns, but THE DAVID BECKHAM is a wannabe chef too. Perhaps its all the time he spends with Gordon Ramsay, but Victoria revealed, “David does the cooking... he’s really good.” It turns out while DB was playing for LA Galaxy he had a bit of time on his hands “So he decided to go to culinary school."

The Beckhams [Victoria Beckham, Instagram]

6. She hasn't turned into one of those LA mothers

Victoria may love the Califonia lifestyle, but her approach to raising her kids is far from the Hollywood norm. She said, “We have what I consider to be normal birthday parties. I’ve been to parties in L.A. that are mind-blowing. I mean, quite literally mind-blowing. People get cellphones in the party bag, that sort of thing. Fabulous, fabulous parties. Ours aren’t like that. They are normal kids’ parties. We’ll have a bouncy castle, a face painter.”

7. She prefers to go au naturel

While she's widely considered controlling of her public image, VB isn't keen on looking overdone. She said, “Normally in a fashion shoot you’d be plastered in makeup, in amazing clothes. I find it embarrassing when you don’t look like yourself, when you’ve had tons of retouching.”

8. There's a reason why she doesn't smile!

Every time the designer flashes her pearly whites we all clap our hands in glee. Despite having a beautiful grin, it's a rare occurance and here's why: “When you’re in a position to be paparazzi-ed just walking down the street, you’d look a little daft if you were smiling all the time.”

9. She's comfortable showing her age

Despite being less than a year away from the big 4-0, Victoria isn't ashamed of her years: “I don’t want to be made to look like I’m 25,” she said. “I’m 39. I don’t have any issues with my age.”

10. Brand Beckham is a thing

It's a term frequently referred to in the media, but it's something the Victoria herself is happy to talk about too: “You know, we don’t look at it as a big brand. It is, but it happened very, very naturally. It seems that now everybody wants to make a brand; everybody wants to build a brand. Ours happened very organically. The most important thing is each other and the children.”

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And see her biggest fashion moments in her style evolution gallery below...

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Victoria Beckham - February 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final - February 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 9, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham and David Beckham at The Global Fund - September 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at Chelsea gallery - June 10, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the mens singles final at the Wimbledon Championships - July 6, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala - May 5, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at On Pedder - May 12, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria at The Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel, London - 19 November 2013

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Victoria Beckham at "The Class Of 92" premiere, London - 1 December 2013

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Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards - 5 November 2013

© Getty Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at CFDA Fashion Fund Event - 23 October 2013

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© Getty Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Dinner To Celebrate The 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund - 23 October 2013

Victoria and David Beckham at Global Fund Celebration, Spring Summer 2014 - 16 September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Burberry at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Louis Vuitton at Wimbledon Final - 7 July 2013

Victoria Beckham in Carven at LAX Airport - June 2013

Victoria Beckham in Vicotoria Beckham shopping in New York - 13th May 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe in Paris - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in LA - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in London, Britain - April 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe out and about in Los Angeles - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about, London - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in Los Angeles - November 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about, New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at her Autumn 2013 show at New York Fashion Week - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at 'Viva Forever!' musical press night, London - December 2012

Victoria Beckham Out and About in New York - September 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - 09 Sep 2012

Victoria Beckham leaving 'Viva Forever' press launch St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London - 26 Jun 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - 22 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a photocall in Hong Kong, China - 25 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a Valentino event, London - November 2012

Victoria Beckham at CFDA event - October 2012

Victoria Beckham at Vogue's fashion night out - September 2012

Victoria Beckham at Los Angeles airport - June 2012

Victoria Beckham at Oscars - February 2012

Victoria Beckham shopping in West Hollywood - Mar 2012

Victoria Beckham at the 'Victoria, Victoria Beckham' launch at Harvey Nichols in London - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - April 2012

Victoria Beckham at JFK International Airport - February 2012

Victoria Beckham at Nobu Restaurant, New York - September 2011

Victoria Beckham at Royal Wedding - April 2011

Victoria Beckham shopping with Romeo in Beverly Hills - March 2008

Victoria Beckham at David Beckham's Official Signing with LA Galaxy Soccer Team, Los Angeles - July 2007

Victoria Beckham at Dodger stadium - June 2007

Victoria Beckham at Met Gala - May 2008

Victoria Beckham at Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - December 2005

Victoria Beckham at Swarovski Fashion Rocks for the Prince's Trust - October 2005

Victoria Beckham at the Laureus World Sports Awards - May 2005

Victoria Beckham at the MTV Movie Awards - May 2003

Victoria Beckham at the Launch of Jade Jagger's jewelry line - September 1999

Victoria Beckham at the Versace Party - June 1999

Victoria and David Beckham out and about - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham outside their home - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham announce engagement - January 1998


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