Victoria Beckham on her pout: “I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion”

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has guest-edited the September issue of Glamour. How about that? Just a few years ago, many people were scoffing over the idea of Posh as a fashion designer; and while I still don’t like her designs most of the time, I have to admit that she’s done one hell of a job inserting herself into the business at a fairly respectable level.

While I often wonder exactly how much work goes into “guest editing” a fashion magazine (and I’m sure it varies depending on the celebrity), this photoshoot is pretty cute and highlights Posh’s inner cheekiness and tendency towards self-deprecation. Although the question remains — did she actually take a sip of that milkshake? Of course not. In the interview, Victoria talks about fashion, 50 Shades of Grey (the horror!), and whether or not another baby is in the Beckham family’s future:

Victoria Beckham

On guest editing: “It’s been exciting for me to see my ideas come to life, from type colors to photo selection to casting. I even made my own list of Glamour fashion Don’ts to keep out of the issue: boat shoes (unless of course you’re designer Alber Elbaz or on a boat!), Bermuda shorts, nose rings, Crocs, and American tan tights (that’s nude pantyhose to you).”

Why she never smiles: “Do you know, I don’t know?! I actually used to smile a lot in pictures. I think I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion. [Laughs.] Fashion stole my smile! I’ve created this person. And I’m not saying that’s not me, but I wouldn’t say that’s the whole me…. It’s an armor that goes up.”

She loves 50 Shades of Grey: “I’m halfway through the second one. I even bought my mum the book! But every time she tries to engage in conversation about it, I kind of dodge the subject. I don’t really want to talk to my mother about S&M.”

On having Becks in her runway audience: It was the first time! He’s always been working or training. But I was nervous about this show. I was feeling a lot of pressure. He phoned me the night before, and I just said, ‘I want you to come be with me. I want a cuddle. I really do.’ And it was great to have him there. I think he was surprised; I don’t usually bother him with much detail. And then you get there, and the models, the hair, the makeup…I think he was blown away!”

On her future & family: “I’d like everybody to be healthy and happy. I’d like to be growing the business at a steady pace, and to be making more women feel empowered, beautiful, and confident. And I’d never say never about another baby. It’s a juggling act–a career, family, a husband who’s busy. But I’d never say never!”

[From Glamour]

That bit about the smiling … perhaps she’s joking because I was all like, “Bitch, please!” when I read that. Posh has been pouting at least since the insemination of Posh Spice. It has nothing to do with her newfound career as a fashion designer at all, but I can sort of understand why she describes her famous frown as “armor.”

Otherwise, I actually find it quite hilarious that Victoria is into 50 Shades, which makes me wonder if she and Becks have ever done the spanking thing. Do you think so?

Victoria Beckham

Photos courtesy of Glamour

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  1. Christine says:

    I’ve always loved her!

  2. cmc says:

    I am always surprised when I read an article/see an interview with VB about how much I really like her. It’s easy to forget when seeing her do that signature painful-looking pose every time she’s photographed. These pictures are natural and fun, and she looks very cute.

    ‘I want you to come be with me. I want a cuddle. I really do.’ = SO cute.

    • Rhea says:

      Me too. When reading her interviews she seems more….human. Fun to hang out with. I understand about the armor thing. She just wants to look her best and not giving more reason for people to criticize her.

    • PrettyTarheel says:

      If that story is true, it’s the cutest thing ever. That she admitted to needing him, and he went…
      IF it’s true, and IF he’s not on the DL, and IF he’s no longer stepping out on here… Good. Glad to see a couple that decided not to throw it all away (and yes, I realize that they are a “Brand” and that they may have made a business decision, but I hope it’s both.)

  3. mia girl says:

    I find her usual pose-hardness so boring, so I think this is the first time I’ve actually liked her in photos. She’s conveying some personality. Nice!

  4. Crystal says:

    I love this bitch. I recently bought one of her bags and I’m loving it. Her interviews are great because she knows how to take the piss out of herself and she’s really not as serious as the media make her out to be.

  5. Amy says:

    Yeah I was a huge Spice Girls fan back in the day and she never smiled in those pictures either!

  6. Merritt says:

    She never really smiled in pictures. But I was recently watching old Spice Girls performances on YouTube and she was smiling while they performed.

  7. Jen34 says:

    Ugh. I just read the piece on Becks. I can’t describe how jealous I am of her at this moment. Lucky, lucky girl.

  8. Adrien says:

    I saw a video of her and Becks being interviewed by Ali G. (Sacha Baron-Cohen), it was rare to see her smile and laugh a lot.
    She looks strange smiling. She looks like Wednesday Addams trying to crack a smile. She’s one of those who looks bad smiling.

    Whatever, she’s British. A lot of British celebs shouldn’t smile.

  9. Cam S says:

    I think she stopped smiling when she stopped eating solids. Probably hasn’t had a good bowel movement in years. I’d be sour faced too!

  10. cupidityrox! says:

    All I can say is, thank god she gave up singing. She sucked. She’s found her niche with this fashion thing

  11. GoodCapon says:

    She actually looks pretty good in these photos.

    Also, two Beckham interviews articles in one day? My, my.

  12. princesslizabeth says:

    Ugh. She always looks miserable. I don’t care for her in the least. JMO.

  13. Len says:

    She doesn’t smile becausese doesn’t like the way she looks when she smiles. I think I read it in an interview in the Spice Girl-days. She denies it now and makes up vague excuses. in the end, she’s extremely insecure.

  14. hmm says:

    This is the most alive/energetic that I’ve ever seen her. It’s pretty weird.

    This was my first reaction to the top pic: “I refuse to actually drink this, I’ve gained 5 kilos from the smell alone!”

  15. Katyusha says:

    Why isn’t anyone discussing the elephant in the room?
    The fact that VB would never, in her life, actually drink that milkshake?

  16. serena says:

    Pretty photoshoot!
    And yes, I think they totally tried that.

  17. spinner says:

    I love her. I also like her designs. The big zip down the back is genius & she has by far the cutest baby girl ever! I could nibble on little Harper for days.

  18. Natalina says:

    I love her but I know she doesnt smile in pictures bc she looks ugly when she does

  19. Bird says:

    She looks beautiful. Love her.

  20. Eleonor says:

    When she says “when I got into fashion” I think she means when she created “Posh” the fashion Spice, not when she started her own business.

  21. yani says:

    When you say ridiculous pose and pouting, you think of Victoria Beckham. Those are her trademarks.

  22. guilty pleasures says:

    I think she is quite self-conscious about her teeth, which do that slant inward thing. Too bad, it just means she isn’t perfect.
    I think she is a riot, I saw the snippet of a reality show she did when she and Becks first came to the States and thought she was hilarious, and would be a riot to hang out with!
    I can’t bash her weight, because for all that she may be underweight, I am that overweight and more! It’s her brand, her living, her choice.

  23. IzzyForYa says:

    I really really want to like Victoria but she annoys me so much. She’s such a freaking liar…I had to stop reading her interviews for a while just to avoid the bs.

  24. Happy21 says:

    I try to dislike her for the obvious reasons (the lack of smiles, the pose-harness, the comments about diet, etc.) but I can’t. I find her adorable. There is something so likeable about her. So likeable in fact that I am going to buy this issue of Glamour even though I decided to stop buying that magazine as it was becoming too Cosmo.

    And as far as the smiling thing goes, I don’t think she has very nice teeth. If I remember correctly to the Spice Girl days, they are little chicklet teeth. Of course she could get caps but we don’t want her looking like a horse.

  25. Nev says:

    you gotta watch the special Coming To America with her and Becks!!!

    soooo funny.

  26. JoeBanana says:

    Its amazing what a new nose will do.

  27. Reece says:

    I’ve grown to like her post Spice Girls (couldn’t stand them. sorry) and now she’s one of my fav celebs. She’s built her own business from the ground up and I think that’s pretty cool!

  28. grayze says:

    “Posh has been pouting at least since the insemination of Posh Spice.”

    …I am really ridiculously tired, so maybe this sentence will sound less perverse and amazing to someone more well-rested than I currently seem to be.

    Does insemination mean something different than what I think it means…?

  29. Diva says:

    I don’t remember her smiling during the Spice Girl days either. I think the pic of her in the bathtub is very cute!

  30. kellyinseattle says:

    I like her; I really don’t think she takes herself too seriously, and is most interested in her hubby and kids.

  31. barb says:

    She’s hilarious! I think I read that she hated her teeth, or hated her smile or something, so she just stopped smiling.

  32. Caz1310 says:

    Posh was quoted years ago saying that she doesn’t like her face when she smiles..she thinks her cheeks look chubby. Being an ex-Spice Girl fan, I remember such things.