Women Empowerment Victoria Beckham Style
Women Empowerment Victoria Beckham Style
When it comes to women empowerment, Victoria Beckham ranks high on our list of inspiring female success stories, the pop-star-turned-fashion designer is a fierce businesswoman and one who, like Love Happens by KOKET, holds Girl Power close to her heart! The British beauty’s sense of style, passion, drive, marketing skills and clever business savvy have led to a long list of accomplishments including mom of four, fashion designer, model, singer, and author!
Since her rise to fame as Posh Spice in the Spice Girls in the late 1990’s, Victoria Beckham has reinvented herself, proving her critics wrong by building an internationally renowned and respected fashion brand. “For a long time there, I was a bit of a laughingstock,” she said in an interview with Business of Fashion. “And while everybody was busy laughing, what was I doing? I was laying the foundation to what I have in place now.”
In 2011 the decorated designer and wife of retired soccer star David Beckham won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and in 2014 she was crowned Britain’s most successful entrepreneur by Management Today. She has packed a lot into her 40+ years, and says her goal is to empower other women. While speaking about her empire in an interview with Elle Singapore, Beckham said, “I want to make a woman feel her best. I want to empower women.”
While speaking about her Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection which she debuted at New York Fashion Week back in February she explained, “I feel that I’ve been talking about empowering women for so many years and never was there a time when that was more relevant with what’s going on in the world, For me and my customer, what I believe is that she wants to feel secure and comfortable. For me, it was also looking at my heritage: you can see we’ve got heritage fabrics here in the houndstooth and tartan. British – but with a global outlook.”
In 1994 Beckham began her career with the best-selling female group of all time, the Spice Girls whose first song Wannabe went to #1 immediately after its release. The group mainstreamed feminism by with a fun twist and popularized it as Girl Power.
The Spice Girls dispersed and moved on to individual solo careers in 2000, but reunited in 2007 for a reunion tour and tour film titled Spice Girls: Giving You Everything, and again in 2012 for the Summer Olympics closing ceremony. Today they cease to exist as a “group” but the Girl Power they stood for still lives on. In 2016 Global Goals created a short film using the group’s hit song Wannabe which features the song and slogans about women empowerment. Beckham spoke out on social media in support of the campaign encouraging young people to share their goals by using the films hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant, inspired by a line in Wannabe. “I think this film is a wonderful idea. How fabulous it is that after 20 years, the legacy of the Spice Girls — Girl Power — is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation,” said Beckham.
Beckham’s solo music career included a number of popular songs, but no major hits and eventually, whether due to the rumors of its “failure”, her growing family or her desire to follow her passion for fashion, she slowly phased out of the music industry and turned her focus on other endeavors such as her family, acting, modeling, writing and fashion designing which turned out to be the best decision she ever could have made.
Maria Grachvogel runway model at London Fashion Week in 2000, British ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana and face of Rocawear in 2003, limited-edition fashion designer for VB Rocks by Rock & Republic in 2004, runway model for Roberto Cavalli at Milan Fashion Week in 2006 and face of Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 collection were just a few of her soirees in the fashion world that led to launch of her eponymous label in 2008 and a lower-priced label in 2011. Known initially for its dresses, the range has expanded into separates and luxury handbags and alongside the main fashion line and diffusion range, the Victoria Beckham brand also includes separate denim, fragrance and eyewear lines. Eyewear is an accessory adored by Beckham who admitted to her personal obsession with them, saying “I’m quite obsessed with sunglasses. I collect vintage Guccis and Carreras – they can make virtually any outfit look cool.” The designer also collects handbags, and owns over 100 Birkin bags, made by Hermès!
This past Spring in addition to launching her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Beckham launched VB x Target, a limited collection of apparel and accessories for women and girls of all ages, including toddlers and babies. “I’ve wanted to work with a retailer that could enable me to reach out to women all around America no matter what their budget,” Beckham explained. “I was really excited because I am often in Target stores with the kids.”
Beckham has graced countless fashion magazine covers during her career, including I-D in 2004, W in 2007, numerous Vogue editions from around the world, and most recently Elle UK in May 2017.
In addition to her success in the fashion world Beckham has been featured in five official documentaries about her and her life – Victoria’s Secrets in 2000, Being Victoria Beckham in 2002, The Real Beckhams in 2003, Full Length & Fabulous: The Beckhams’ 2006 World Cup Party and the Victoria Beckham: Coming to America in 2007. She also appeared in an episode of the ABC TV series Ugly Betty in 2007 and was a guest judge on the finale of the fourth season of Project Runway in 2008 and a guest judge on American Idol in 2010.
Why not add best-selling author to the list? Beckham’s 2001 book Learning to Fly went to number 1 on the charts after just four weeks of release. And her second book, a fashion advice guide titled That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between, was another best-seller in 2006.
Words of Wisdom from Victoria Beckham:
Focus on the positives, “I don’t ever think of the negatives, I think of the positives.”
You are your best competition, “I’m not competing with anybody else out there; I’m just competing with myself.”
Don’t let the idea of failure scare you, “I never went into this to prove anything to anybody, other than myself. I think if you’re too afraid of failure then you won’t challenge yourself, then you won’t move forward. I like to challenge myself.”
Work hard and you will succeed, “I was never a natural, I got there in the end because I believe that if you work hard enough, then you can achieve a lot.”
Thank you Victoria Beckham for all that you do for women empowerment!
With love, KOKET
We look forward to seeing what this alluring beauty, fashion icon and savvy businesswoman will come out with next!
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