Victoria Beckham was one of eight women honored at Glamour’s 25th anniversary Women of the Year awards on Monday and it’s something that the singer-turned-designer takes very seriously.
She revealed on “Good Morning America”, “This means an enormous amount to me. I love to support and empower women.”
She was honored for her work in the fashion business, as well as her work as an international goodwill ambassador with the UN AIDS program.
She said, “You know, it’s huge. When UNAIDS invited me to be a UNAIDS Global Goodwill Ambassador, it was a huge honor and something that meant an enormous amount to me. This is something I’m very passionate about. I’m spending a lot of time in Africa working very closely with the U.N., speaking on behalf of the incredible women that I’m working with and it took me getting to 40-years-old to realize I have a powerful voice. People will listen to what I say for whatever reason, and I can really make a difference. It means a huge amount.”
Beckham also reflected on some of the best advice she’s received from another woman, revealing that it was fellow fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg who left a lasting impression on her.
Beckham said she confided in von Furstenberg about guilt she was feeling for working while she has four children at home.
“For me, I was having dinner with Diane von Furstenberg a few months ago and she’s a woman I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for,” she said. “I said to her, ‘Diane, when your children were younger and you were working, did you feel guilty?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely not. It’s a waste of time, a waste of energy, it’s aging.’ And she said, ‘Actually, you’re setting a good example with the fact that you’re a woman, you’re going to work. You really are setting a good example.’ ”
After hearing von Furstenberg’s advice, it gave Beckham a new outlook on what it means to be a working mother.
“And that was great advice because I’m sure there are lots of women right now watching TV who are thinking, ‘I feel guilty. I’ve got kids and I’m going to work.’ Actually, it is a positive message to be given to your children and to other women and children as well.”
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