Victoria Beckham—When Women Empowerment and Style Converge

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When it comes to women empowerment, Victoria Beckham ranks high on our list of inspiring success stories. The pop-star-turned-fashion designer is a fierce businesswoman—one who, like Love Happens Mag and our publisher KOKET, holds Girl Power close to her heart! The British beauty’s sense of style, drive, and clever business savvy has led to a long list of accomplishments, including mom of four, fashion designer, model, singer, and author.

Spice Power

In 1994, Victoria (then) Adams began her career with the best-selling female group of all time. The Spice Girls’ first song, “Wannabe,” went to the #1 spot immediately after its release. The group mainstreamed feminism with a fun twist, popularizing it as Girl Power.

The Spice Girls at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1997, Radio City Music Hall, New York City. L-R: Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham), Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell), Scary Spice (Melanie Brown), Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) and Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm) | Photo by Victor Malafronte/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 2000, the Spice Girls dispersed and moved on to individual solo careers. And while they cease to exist as a “group,” the Girl Power they stood for still lives on. In 2016, Global Goals created a short film using “Wannabe” to promote women’s empowerment.

Victoria spoke out on social media in support of the campaign, encouraging young people to share their goals by using the film’s hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant. She was also quoted saying, “I think the 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.”

“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.”

Victoria’s solo music career included a number of popular songs but no major hits. Eventually, whether due to her growing family with football star David Beckham or her passion for fashion, she slowly phased out of the music industry and turned her focus to other endeavors. Beginning her path in acting, modeling, writing, and fashion turned out to be the best decision she could have ever made.

Empowering Through Fashion

Since her initial rise to fame as Posh Spice in the late 1990s, Victoria Beckham has reinvented herself, proving her critics wrong by making herself the face of women empowerment and building an internationally renowned 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.”

Victoria Beckham attends the “Le Papier (The Paper)” Jacquemus’ Fashion Show on June 27, 2022 in Arles, France. | Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Her experience in the fashion world began long before her brand’s launch, however. In 2000, she walked the runway for Maria Grachvogel at London Fashion Week. In 2003, she acted as the British ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana and the face of Rocawear. And why not add a best-selling author to the list? Her second book, That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between, was a best seller in 2006. Victoria has also graced countless magazine covers during her career, including Elle, W, and numerous editions of Vogue.

Each of these experiences led to the launch of her eponymous label in 2008. Known initially for its dresses, the range has expanded into separates, luxury handbags, denim, and fragrances. Perhaps Victoria’s favorite, though, are her eyewear lines. “I’m quite obsessed with sunglasses. I collect vintage Guccis and Carreras – they can make virtually any outfit look cool.”

“I want to make a woman feel her best. I want to empower women.”

In 2011, the designer won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. She has packed a lot into her forty-plus years, with a primary goal driving her. While speaking about her empire in an interview with Elle Singapore, Victoria said, “I want to make a woman feel her best. I want to empower women. 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.”

While launching her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Victoria also launched VB x Target, a limited collection of apparel and accessories for women 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.”

The female entrepreneur is still quite active in the fashion world today. In 2018, she announced her collaboration with Reebok to launch a line of sleek but technical workout wear. In 2019, the founder launched her beauty brand, Victoria Beckham Beauty. The brand parades its “clean” approach with sustainably minded packaging. The line hosts a range of products, from glimmering shadows to everyday cleansers. In 2022, she showcased her first collection at Paris Fashion Week, where she has since become a beloved designer at the biannual event.

On The Big Screen

In addition to her success in the fashion world, Victoria 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 Ugly Betty in 2007, was a guest judge on the finale of Project Runway in 2008, and a guest judge on American Idol in 2010.

The woman founder remains a fan favorite in the public eye. Most recently, she made waves in the social media world. While filming the 2023 docuseries Beckham, she initially claimed to be from a “working-class family.” Her husband jokingly calls her out, to which she reveals that her dad drove her to school in a Rolls-Royce. The memorable moment not only spurred an influx of memes but also nominated the docuseries for a BAFTA.

A Legacy of Women Empowerment

Designer, beauty entrepreneur, pop icon, and author Victoria Beckham is a pristine example of women’s empowerment. Letting her experience in the public eye translate into passionate endeavors, she brings an empowered energy to all that she does. Though a certified hustler, Victoria knows the key to it all.

“It’s not who’s the prettiest; it’s not who is the cleverest. It’s who is the kindest and who works the hardest.”

We look forward to seeing what this savvy businesswoman will come out with next, and below, we leave you with some of our favorite Victoria Beckham women empowerment quotes!

Words of Wisdom We Love from Victoria Beckham

“I don’t ever think of the negatives. I think of the positives.”
“I’m not competing with anybody else out there; I’m just competing with myself.”
“I never went into this to prove anything to anybody, other than myself. If you’re too afraid of failure then you won’t challenge yourself, then you won’t move forward. I like to challenge myself.”
“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.”

Feature Image: Victoria Beckham at her London Fashion Week February 2020 show | Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

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