Victoria Beckham Laments About The Ever-Present ‘Mommy Guilt’ In ‘Vogue’ China

'You feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work'

The last time we saw Victoria Beckham on a magazine cover she was looking pretty fab for British Elle. More recently we actually got photographic proof from her husband David Beckham that Vicki B. is physically capable of cracking a smile; good to know. Victoria‘s gracing the August 2013 cover of Vogue China, but there are no smiles here! Click inside for a better look at her cover shoot. Oh, and to read about how yet another mom celebrity feels really ‘guilty’ every time she goes to work, just like Moms everywhere…???

Victoria does Vogue China:


 


 


 

Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

On juggling work and motherhood: “When you are successful the hardest thing is maintaining that level of success, so you work harder to maintain what you have achieved. It’s a huge juggling act, when you are a working mother and looking after your family, millions and millions of women around the world are doing this every day. But it’s not easy and yes, you feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work.”

On seeing women wearing her dresses: “I have been in the limelight for over 20 years. I am not on an ego trip, empowering women and making them feel sexy and great when they wear my clothes means more than thousands of people clapping. Empowering women is what makes me feel good.”

On Chinese women and her Chinese fans: “I love China. The women really understand fashion and I can honestly say the women who come to my events are some of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. They have remarkable bodies and are happy and positive and I love that. I think they know what looks good, how to accessorise and have beautiful hair and flawless skin. When I come to China I get given many little gifts and notes from the fans and that genuinely means a lot to me.”

Okay, so here’s my thing with these interviews. I’ve noticed that there’s some unspoken rule where moms– especially celebrity moms– are not allowed to talk about work without also talking about how horribly, awfully, guilty they feel about that work and how it takes them away from their children. Anyway, I’m noticing this partly because Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock both talked about being plagued by Mommy Guilt recently and it sparked an interesting discussion about the whole concept. It’s almost like celebrity moms especially go above and beyond to mention that they totally have it too, if only to connect to all their working mom fans. It’s weird.

I’m not picking on Vicki (love the spread by the way, lol), but I honestly think women would be better off just acknowledging that most of us work and raise our children and it’s fine. And even those of us who don’t work (or work from home– WOOT WOOT!) have our own complications to figure out, and that’s fine too. How our children react to these different situations is something else– and it is a factor– but Mommy Guilt doesn’t seem to really have much to do with the kids anyway. So I think it’s weird that it’s becoming this new cultural phenomenon; like if you don’t experience Mommy Guilt you’re totally not a real mom or something. Creepy.

What do you guys think about all this– and by “all this” I mean this gorgeous cover shoot, and the notion of Mommy Guilt that ends up in practically every celebrity Mom interview?

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  1. I get with what you are saying about the “mommy guilt”; I don’t feel “guilty” that I have to go to work to help support my family. Personally, some days I just seem to have an urge to want to go home and be with her.

  2. I can’t comment on the “mommy guilt” as I’m not a mother so I’ll reserve my comment for the fashion spread.

    I’m not crazy impressed with the spread, but I do think she looks posh(yeah, I went there) and beautiful, like she usually does. I enjoy her interviews where she shows her humorous side, because she can be quite witty.

  3. Chantel

    i dont think you get it , ya embrace your life but even with the biggest whole hearted embrace of your career juggle , somewhere deep down you feel those babies you brought into the world need that little bit more of your time … dont know why maybe its just part instinct as a mother

  4. I think that, at this point, it’s obligatory to mention missing the kids. If she (or any other female celebrity) didn’t, there’d probably be a huge backlash about how she “obviously” doesn’t care, and she’s one of those “selfish” celebrities who popped out babies just so a nanny could raise them.

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