Victoria Beckham does a lot of things well -- fashion, guilty-pleasure pop music, motherhood -- but smiling in photographs is not one of them. She is notoriously poker-faced on the red carpet, which hs earned her a reputation for being something of a grump. But as she proved during her Apr. 28 event at the Vogue Festival in London, she can actually be quite charming.
Speaking to the audience about her ever-growing fashion empire, her famous family, and how she juggles both on a daily basis, the married mom of four was witty, unguarded -- even self-deprecating. "I'm nice! Everyone thinks I'm going to be a cow," she quipped. "I understand it, actually. I think the same when I see the pictures."
World-famous pout aside, the former Spice Girl -- stylish as ever in a gray calf-length skirt and taupe blouse with matching gray cuffs -- insisted that she's just like any other working woman. But she admitted that she can be particular about certain things. "I'm a perfectionist," she explained. "I like everything to be right. I'm probably a complete pain in the neck to work with. It is really important to me because I've grown [my clothing] brand from nothing to where it is now."
Doing so, she said, took a lot of hard work and perseverance. "At the beginning, there were a lot of raised eyebrows, from those who could raise their eyebrows," she told the audience. "There were a lot of preconceptions, but I didn't set out to prove them wrong. I set out to prove to myself that I could do it. When I started, I did one-on-one presentations. I'd talk for hours to people who didn't even speak English. I think a lot of people probably thought, 'Shut up, stop going on about a bloody grosgrain waistband!' But I'm really grateful to the industry."
She's also grateful to her team, which includes a nanny for her four children, Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, Cruz, 8, and Harper, 21 months. (Dad is soccer player David Beckham.) "I've got great people who handle my schedule," she explained. "Everything does revolve around the children. If there's a parents' night or an Easter bonnet parade or a nativity play, whatever it might be, then I plan everything around that."
"I don't know how I do it," she said. "It is a juggling act...I am also up late because I have a baby and a 14-year-old who refuses to go to bed. So I don't get as much sleep as I would maybe like."
That said, she wouldn't trade the time with her children for anything. "I really enjoy being a mum. I love [my children] and I'd do anything for them," she said. "I also love what I do. I think anyone who says it's easy is lying."