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."
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.
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.
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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."
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Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said she loved living in the US because it is “more accepting of successful women”.
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."
Victoria Beckham has shared a first look at an upcoming documentary charting her journey from Spice Girl to acclaimed fashion designer.
The film, entitled Five Years - The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story, includes behind-the-scenes footage of the designer at work.
In the trailer, Victoria says: “I always dreamed of designing a collection, it was always my passion.
"I was a Spice Girl, married to a footballer, I was trying to do something that no one had really done before,” she adds.
Victoria Beckham has announced she will be opening her first fashion store later this year. It will be on Dover Street in central London:
She said: "It will be the first time that the people will really be able to see the brand through my eyes."