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Victoria Beckham wants to help tackle Aids

Victoria Beckham. Credit: AP Photo

Victoria Beckham has said she has "a responsibility" to support women and children fighting the Aids virus.

The fashion designer and former pop star said she wanted to do all she could to help prevent children from being born with the virus after visiting HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speaking to media after her appointment as an international goodwill ambassador with the UNAIDS programme, she said: "This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women."

Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'

Fashion designer and former Spice girl Victoria Beckham has been named 'greatest style icon' in a survey of 1,000 women for Hello! Fashion Monthly.

Victoria beat off stiff competition from actress Emma Watson who came second and model Kate Moss who was third.

Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'. Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Seven out of the top 10 women in the list are British and include Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, her sister Poppy and Rita Ora while American's Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian also feature as stylish stars.

"It's great to see such a high percentage of British women represented within Hello! Fashion Monthly's new list of the most stylish stars. As a nation, we are really dominating the industry at present.

– Hello! Fashion Monthly's Editor-At-Large, Hilary Alexander

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Dolce and Gabbana cool on Victoria Beckham's designs

Dolce, right, with Gabbana, left, and Victoria Beckham in Milan in 2008. Credit: Empics

Italian fashion giants Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have said their "friend" Victoria Beckham may well be a designer but they list her alongside high street names.

When asked in London this evening what they thought of new designers such as former Spice Girl Beckham, Gabbana said: "She's a friend. She make a good job but... for us, she don't make the same way like a fashion designer.

"She become after many, many, many different things. She's a designer but..."

When asked if he admired her designs, he said: "She's a fashion designer but it's another... it's different."

He added: "John Galliano is a designer... Alexander McQueen."

Dolce described them as "professional" designers, adding: "Victoria Beckham, Zara, H&M...there's a lot."

Beckham: US more accepting of successful women

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said she loved living in the US because it is “more accepting of successful women”.

Victoria Beckham. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer-turned-designer is now back in the UK after launching her successful fashion collection in Beverly Hills.

Beckham, formerly Posh Spice, told Allure magazine: "Living in America for six years was the happiest I think I've ever been. It was much more accepting for a woman to have a career, as well as a man. And I loved it."

The 39-year-old mother of four, who is about to open her first store in London, insisted: "I'm not saying I'm not happy now. I'm just as happy now."

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