Victoria Beckham covers the March issue of Elle UK wearing Burberry and she makes modeling look effortless. In between taking the kids to soccer practice and modeling gigs, she finds time to shoot magazine covers and get her several clothing and accessories labels up to snuff. The accompanying editorial shot by Carter Smith feature Victoria in Burberry, Miu Miu, Hussein Chalayan, Lanvin and Manolo Blahnik.
Victoria talks about learning to trust people, how and why 2013 marks a new chapter in her family’s life, cooking for the kids and why she keeps working hard despite her success. The issue hits newsstands Wednesday, January 30.
On having a strong work ethic: ‘It was never my intention to prove anybody wrong. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I don’t have to work, I need to work. All these people [her fellow fashion designers], they’ve not just been given anything. They’ve worked hard. And I’ve never been given anything either. But I have a good work ethic; David has an incredible work ethic. I want my kids to have a good work ethic. I believe you can achieve anything if you work hard enough to get it.’
On why she feels a sense of belonging in the fashion world: ‘When I was on stage with the Spice Girls, I thought people were there to see the other four and not me. And when I go out with David and people take pictures I think, “They’re here to take David’s picture.”’
On running a business: ‘You’ve got to trust people. And because I am a control freak, sometimes that’s difficult for me, because I want to micro-manage absolutely everything. I can’t hand over. But I’m trying to do that more. It’s hard because I have such a specific vision.’
On 2013 being a new chapter in the Beckham family’s lives: ‘Now David has finished playing for LA Galaxy and we are starting a new chapter in our lives; as a family we are all very excited about what lies ahead for 2013.’
On being handed a plate of yorkshire puddings to take home to her children: ‘The kids are going to LOVE me when I walk in with these. You know what they say to me, because I’m not the best cook, although I try really hard? They always say to me, “Mummy, we know that the main ingredient in what you make is love.”’ (roars with laughter)