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'I know you are struggling right now': Victoria Beckham pens heartfelt letter to her teenage self

Victoria Beckham Credit: PA

Victoria Beckham has penned a revealing open letter to her teenage self, laying bare the insecurities she felt growing up and admitting love at first sight when she met her husband.

Appearing as Vogue's October cover star, the fashion designer also tells her 18-year-old self who is trying to break into the entertainment industry to "learn more about football, especially the offside rule" and talks about her changing taste in fashion.

In the feature entitled What I Wish I'd Known, the 42-year-old tells herself: "I know you are struggling right now."

You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college.

You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls.

You have bad acne.

You think the principal has put you at the back of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front. (This may or may not be true.)

– Excerpt from Victoria Beckham's letter in October's Vogue

The mother-of-four also recalls the first time she met her later husband, David.

Love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy.

While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile.

You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you.

He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)

– Excerpt from Victoria Beckham's letter in October's Vogue

The former-Spice Girl takes a more light-hearted stance to her changing style, evolving from "resembling a drag queen" to becoming a popular high-end designer.

You are going to have so much fun with your clothes – PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair.

It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another.

I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself.

Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed.

– Excerpt from Victoria Beckham's letter in October's Vogue