Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:30 | By Denise Ngo

Victoria Beckham: not a diva

How the Spice Girl-turned-designer charmed everyone during a recent visit to Singapore

Victoria Beckham (© Victoria Beckham at a showcase in Marina Bay Sands last week. Photo: Marina Bay Sands)

On Monday afternoon, xinmsn had the privilege of meeting the one and only Victoria Beckham at the Banyan Tree Spa in Marina Bay Sands. Despite her fierce façade, Victoria is far from the frosty diva depicted on magazine covers – her signature pout, it seems, is something she only puts on for photos.

In person, the petite star has a warm, gracious presence, with culminated in her mothering the journalists and bloggers as we huddled together for our extremely tight group photo. (As it turns out, having a former Spice Girl telling us all how to crouch, drawing from her experience taking family pictures, before requesting a copy for her iPhone, is as cute as you would imagine.)

Victoria, who was here to present some bags and accessories she designed with multi-label retailer On Pedder, was all smiles as she spoke with an intimate group of the media. And unlike plenty of other former girl/boyband members-turned-multihyphenates, Victoria showed no airs about her past as a Spice Girl. Sure, the band’s campy appeal is seriously removed her label’s sleek aesthetic, but Victoria expressed genuine gratitude for the experience while admitting that she feels more anxiety as a designer than she ever did performing.

“I definitely had a lot of fun with the Spice Girls, and I’m very appreciative of my time with them and the fans, but for me, this is what I really love, this is what I really care about, this is my passion,” she said. “I love women, I love to empower women – whether that’s women in Asia, America, or Europe, women are women, so this makes me more nervous because it is what I really care about. I feel I have a strong message about what I put out there, I take my business very seriously, so definitely this is more nerve-wrecking.”

While Victoria’s sweet, albeit quiet, ebullience was certainly our biggest revelation, we managed to learn a thing or two about her during our short session amidst a display of her bags and accessories. For one thing, David does not go to her for fashion advice.

“He has a natural sense of style, a natural flair for fashion, so no,” she said.

For another, she’s not so gifted with a pencil. “I sketch very, very badly. I work with mood boards,” she said, with a hint of British self-deprecation.

As she was leaving, she even joked that she had started a #FighttheFrizz hashtag on Instagram in light of the effect our weather has had on her hair.

Victoria Beckham

Sadly enough, Victoria didn’t have much time to tour Singapore, hopefully the next time she visits, she’ll be inspired by something other than our notorious climate. “I’ve only been here about 24 hours, and we’ve only left the hotel once, we’ve been so busy, I’m doing interviews – but I’m here for a few more days, so who knows, we’ll see!” she said, when we asked whether she’d been inspired by anything she’d seen in Asia.
Keep reading see what she had to say about Asian women, about the styles she dislikes, and about how she balances family life with her business.


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