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Victoria Beckham talks family parties, the school run and smiling in pictures

by Esme Riley Published on 23 August 2013
Victoria Beckham talks family parties, the school run and smiling in pictures© Getty

Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham has given us a glimpse into her hectic life as a working mum. The super-glam star chatted to The New York Times about LA parties, being a devoted mother and why she hates the title 'Brand Beckham'.

Victoria Beckham may be part of one of the most famous families in the world, but she remains refreshingly down-to-earth.

The fashion designer, who married David Beckham in 1999, has been lifting the lid on family life.

The couple and their kids Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, Cruz, eight, and two-year-old Harper, moved from LA to London at the beginning of the year.

Though we're chuffed to have the Beckhams back in the UK, it seems this ambitious 39-year-old is missing her life in the US.

She told The New York Times: "I am very career minded, and I think my personality is more suited to America. I am a working mum."

But there were some aspects of her time in LA that Victoria couldn't quite grasp - she struggles to relate to the extravagant bashes they throw in the star-studded area.

She said: "We have what I consider to be normal birthday parties.

"I’ve been to parties in L.A. that are mind-blowing. I mean, quite literally mind-blowing. People get cellphones in the party bag, that sort of thing. Fabulous, fabulous parties.

"Ours aren’t like that. They are normal kids’ parties. We’ll have a bouncy castle, a face painter."

It's a surprise Victoria has time for parties, as she's certainly a busy lady - when it comes to her hugely successful fashion label, she likes to stress that she's "involved in everything".

But it's obvious her family is the most important thing - she and David will always make the effort between them to drive the kids to school, and they certainly never miss a parents’ meeting, school play or sports event.

On paper she has what appears to be the perfect life - so why will she never smile in photos?

Victoria revealed: "I dunno. I smile in family pictures.

"When you’re in a position to be paparazzi-ed just walking down the street, you’d look a little daft if you were smiling all the time."

And you can think again if you've got a theory that Victoria thinks her smile makes her look older.

She insisted: "I don’t want to be made to look like I’m 25. I’m 39. I don’t have any issues with my age."

We're not surprised - Victoria looks amazing considering not only her age, but also her hectic lifestyle.

The former Spice Girl has certainly worked hard to build Brand Beckham - not that this is the label she likes to give it.

She said: "You know, we don’t look at it as a big brand. It is, but it happened very, very naturally.

"It seems that now everybody wants to make a brand; everybody wants to build a brand. Ours happened very organically.”

Victoria added: "The most important thing is each other and the children."

David and Victoria Beckham © Getty
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