I was never a Spice Girls or football fan but I've watched brand Beckham grow over the years with keen interest. There aren't a lot of Husband and Wife brands not least because in crazy celebrity land your 'his and her' brand could have a very sticky end. The Beckhams have a strong and growing brand, especially since Victoria has become legitimized in the fashion world and has focused her entire professional attention on design. So why do I feel sorry for this successful and well-heeled woman? Because she is a stark example of how the media and the public can reduce a woman to commentary on her body rather than dialogue about her actions.
|Jennifer Hudson wearing a Victoria Beckham dress|
What do any of us we want our daughters to have? A happy home, healthy children, confidence, a sense of purpose and humour, a profession that fulfills them, extraordinary experiences, failures that they learn from, great shoes?! Then why when someone achieves all of these things, and I really think VB has worked hard at her life and brand, do we feel compelled to shoot them down? Is it good old fashioned jealousy or are we taught to believe that women shouldn't try and have too much?
|The Evoque interior in the special edition Victoria Beckham Range Rover|
In a sea of fame-hungry reality stars who categorize success as getting their drunken Friday night exploits into the newspapers, shouldn't we cultivate more hardworking, self-made, female role models? It seems wherever I turn in the press there's always someone ready to tear a strip of a woman for being too thin, fat, successful, diverse, ambitious and I always wonder what the author does - do they contribute to the world or do they just erode it with cynicism and cruelty?
Of course I'm sure the extensive wealth, beautiful home, thriving business and gorgeous family takes the edge off comments from her critics, but on some level I wonder if Victoria thinks "I'm just trying my hardest, why does that piss off so many people?" I know that fame is synonymous with criticism but do you think that women are criticized more deeply and often by the media (and the public) than their male counterparts? xx