Victoria Beckham may be comfortable in her own skin now, but it wasn't always that way. In a recent interview with Glamour UK, the mother-of-four opened about her body image and setting a healthy example for her three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and daughter Harper.
Victoria, 45, who shares Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and Harper, 8, with her long-time husband David Beckham, opened up about how motherhood has affected her body image and the way she raises her children.
"The older I get, the more I realize what works for me and what doesn't. How working out and eating healthy is key. When you have four children, you accept your body changes," she told Glamour UK in an interview that was published on Tuesday, September 17.
"When you have children, it also puts a lot into perspective. You realize they notice everything. I would never sit down with my kids and skip a meal—they need to see that their mum eats healthily—you need to show little people how to be healthy and happy with who they are," the fashion designer added.
Victoria also described her body as an "instrument" after giving birth to four kids over the last two decades. "I expect a lot from my body," she said. "I work a lot, I try to be the best professional, the best mother, the best wife and so I have to treat it in the right way—and make sure it has the fuel it needs to work long hours and be a mum, and have the energy to do it all."
"When I was younger, I didn't realize the effect of simple things like more sleep, drinking more water, eating healthy foods. You know what I would tell my younger self? Not to be afraid of eating lots of healthy fats, as that was something I used to be scared to eat," the former Spice Girls singer recalled.
"Eating healthy fats doesn't make you fat! It's good for your skin, nails and hair, especially when you're exercising, which I am, two hours a day in the gym," she said. "You just can't build healthy muscle if you aren't eating enough fat and you shouldn't be scared of that."
When asked how she feels about her body now, Victoria said, “I accept who I am. I make the best of who I am!”
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