Ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel comfortable in your own skin? Us, too. And it turns out that even the most fabulous, wealthy, and conventionally beautiful among us also feel that way from time to time. In a candid letter to her 18-year-old self, Victoria Beckham opened up about the course of her life, including her body insecurities, and we highly recommend you read it — it will almost certainly help to ease some of your own personal wounds.
The letter, published this week by British Vogue, is sweet, reflective, and packed with advice we can all use. Things like, “My 60-year-old self would probably say the same thing to me as I am telling you now: enjoy yourself a little more. Be less image-conscious. Learn to relax” and “Let your skin breathe; wear less make-up. (And don’t ever let that make-up artist shave your eyebrows! The effects last forever.)”
Among the most honest bits of information in the letter is this, on breast insecurity:
“And I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it — stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
Indeed, Beckham was plagued for years with rumors that she’d had breast implants, and though she long denied it, she eventually admitted in a 2014 interview with Allure that she’d once had them, and they’d since been removed.
“I don’t have them anymore,” she told the magazine. “I think I may have purchased them.”
The Vogue letter paints a portrait of a girl who grew up insecure and bullied, with a mother who cared about her well-being — but perhaps not in the most constructive way — and a father who encouraged her to be strong. It is gentle but also instructive, and well worth a read for anyone who loved Victoria Adams, the Spice Girls, and all those who love her today.