Victoria Beckham wears Burberry on the cover of Elle UK, which was shot by Carter Smith for the March 2013 edition.
The designer, who has recently relocated her family back to the UK, of course wears her own designs in the editorial, but she also dons Lanvin, Hussein Chalayan and Miu Miu, with footwear provided by her favourite shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik.
In the interview, Victoria also talks about how 2013 marks a new chapter in her family’s life, cooking for her children, learning to trust people, and why, despite her success, she still needs to work.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Victoria Beckham shoot available for view from Wednesday 30th January at www.elleuk.com which is when the mag goes on sale.
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)
Credit: Carter Smith for Elle UK