In a new interview for Vogue Australia, Victoria Beckham opens up about the criticism and scrutiny of her weight over the years – and the horrific TV stunt she was forced to endure after the birth of her first child.
“I have ‘Porky Posh’ on a headline, I have ‘Skeleton Posh,'” the fashion designer recalled of past media coverage of her body.
“When I had Brooklyn, I had a picture on the front of a newspaper pointing out every single part of my body from which to focus on losing weight,” Beckham said. Many years ago. “Now imagine doing that.”
He also brought up an infamous segment from the show “Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush,” where host Chris Evans (not he) weighed in on Spice Girl on TV.
“I just had Brooklyn and lost a lot of weight after that,” Beckham told Vogue Australia. “It happened to my mother after her pregnancy. It doesn’t mean you have an eating disorder. And he weighed me by standing on the scales. Can you imagine doing that nowadays?”
In a clip from the show, which aired in 1999, Evans asked Beckham: “A lot of girls want to know – because you look great again – how did you get back in shape after you were born?”
Beckham replied that he hadn’t done anything in particular, and that it didn’t work. Evans asked if her weight had “been back to normal.” After Beckham said yes, Evans took out a scale and asked him to climb it and weigh himself.
“Oh no!” The singer replied. “You did it [fellow Spice Girl] gerry [Halliwell], Isn’t it? But Gerry was really short. it’s terrible.”
Representatives for Evans did not immediately comment when reached by HuffPost.
Beckham recently told Grazia magazine how her approach to shape and body shape has evolved, saying in May that “it’s an old-fashioned attitude about wanting to be really skinny.”
“It’s not about being a certain size. It’s about knowing who you are and who you are,” Beckham told Grazia.
“I’ve found my own balance between having fun and being disciplined about eating healthy and exercising,” she explained. “When you’re young you fight against that balance, but growing up I’ve reached a point where I know what that balance looks like. I just know what works for me Is.”
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