Life as a working mother is a struggle for Victoria Beckham

Singer-turned-designer feels it’s important to have the right balance between family and work.


Reuters April 30, 2013
Victoria plans on opening her first retail store in London soon. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: British fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said life as a working mother is a struggle but she relishes the challenge and plans to expand her empire with a retail store in London.

A mother to three boys — Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, and Cruz, 8 — and to 21-month-old daughter Harper, Beckham said balancing her family life and career is a constant juggle. “The children are my priority and always have been and always will be so it’s a little bit of a juggling act,” she said.

“I really enjoy being a mum. I love my kids more than anything, but I love doing what I do as well and it’s just getting the balance right which is not easy, at all.” With her second son Romeo appearing in the latest Burberry campaign and football star husband David Beckham fronting an underwear campaign for H&M, 39-year-old Beckham is busy.

But she said she was keen to build further on her success in fashion with plans to open her first retail store in London. “This is where I want to have my first store... I’d like to do something that is really new, really fresh. Something a little bit conceptual but not too much,” she said without giving any more details.



Beckham, who made her name as pop singer Posh Spice in the ‘90s British all-girl band, entered into fashion in 2004 with American denim brand Rock and Republic, co-designing jeans, skirts and knitwear before launching her own line in 2006. As a model, she has also appeared in campaigns for designers Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabanna. She introduced her Victoria Beckham collection of dresses in 2008 which was well received by the fashion industry and is now a regular fixture on the New York Fashion Week circuit.

Beckham, whose designs are worn by actors Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway as well as singer Beyonce Knowles, said she wants women to feel empowered and confident in her clothes. “A lot of thought goes into everything I design to make a woman feel the best that she can feel,” she said. “Women are always going to feel a little bit insecure. There is a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way and I want to help women feel good about themselves.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2013.                       

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