The former Spice Girl wrote a letter called “What I wish I’d known” to her younger self, which will be accompany a photo shoot for this month’s issue of Vogue.
The letter is actually very sweet, and in it she talks about falling in love with hubby David Beckham for the first time, feeling insecure in her teenage years, and absolutely living for the 90s.
In relation to David, Victoria writes, ‘love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy.
‘While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)’
In a sympathetic but also harsh self-criticism, she then writes ‘I know you are struggling right now, You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college. You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls. You have bad acne.’
However all would change, as we know, and she tells her former self: ‘You are going to have so much fun with your clothes – PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen.
‘But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself.’