Vic­to­ria Beck­ham talks to Sara Nathan about her new Ree­bok col­lab­o­ra­tion, work­ing out with her fam­ily – and why the band won’t be re­unit­ing

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Even when launch­ing

a sports­wear range, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham is as el­e­gantly pulled-to­gether as ever, in black soft leather trousers with a Shaquille O’neal logo T-shirt from her new Ree­bok col­lab­o­ra­tion – paired with ver­tig­i­nous stilet­tos. But who can blame her choice of shoes? The 5ft 4in icon has spent the day in the shadow of Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball leg­end Shaquille, who tow­ers over her at 7ft 1in.

‘She did it be­cause of me,’ the Ree­bok am­bas­sador with a size 22 shoe wise­cracks, as Vic­to­ria re­torts, ‘I was wear­ing train­ers all day to­day! I do live in flats.’

Posh Spice has gone sporty, and she’s taken in­spi­ra­tion from her favourite decade, the ’90s, hey­day of girl power. In the lush sur­round­ings of an LA gar­den, Vic­to­ria, 43, rem­i­nisces about her re­cent re­union with Emma Bun­ton, Me­lanie Chisholm, Me­lanie Brown and Geri Horner, which left Spice Girls fans around the world in melt­down.

‘I think girl power has al­ways been im­por­tant,’ she tells Grazia. ‘And now, for me, it’s about em­pow­er­ing women through fash­ion.’

She’s well aware of what we want to know, but has dis­ap­point­ing news for any­one hop­ing for a re­union. ‘ There is no tour, no more mu­sic from the Spice Girls, but it was great get­ting to­gether with them. We were just say­ing girl power is such an im­por­tant mes­sage and how do we com­mu­ni­cate that? How do we pass the ba­ton on, how does that look to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions? And that’s what it’s about with us. It’s not about all the ru­mours about go­ing on tour and record­ing new ma­te­rial.’

Time will tell whether she’s telling us the whole story. But con­ver­sa­tion swiftly turns to the on­go­ing fight for women’s rights and, as we dis­cuss Vic­to­ria and David’s six-yearold daugh­ter Harper, she says, ‘It’s an im­por­tant time right now. Harper knows Mummy works, Harper knows Daddy works, I think we’re very close to our chil­dren, and we talk a lot about all these is­sues. It’s our job as par­ents to make sure our chil­dren un­der­stand, and we let them know why we feel so strongly about all of these things.’

Also mother to boys Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 15, and 13-year-old Cruz, Vic­to­ria ac­knowl­edges, ‘Bring­ing up boys is just as im­por­tant, but they’re great boys.’

The fam­ily’s close­ness is clear as the boys ar­rive in Ree­bok train­ers and sports­wear, while David min­gles in a room full of fam­ily friends, in­clud­ing stylist Rachel Zoe, tat­too artist Dr Woo and a heav­ily preg­nant Eva Lon­go­ria, who at one point walks into our in­ter­view, say­ing, ‘I was just look­ing for some­where to sit down!’

Last year, Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion brand – val­ued at £100m – re­ceived a £30m in­vest­ment from pri­vate eq­uity group NEO In­vest­ment Part­ners, and ap­pointed in­dus­try heavy­weight Ralph Toledano as chair­man. Launch­ing a sports­wear col­lec­tion has al­ways been a big am­bi­tion for her – ex­er­cis­ing plays an im­por­tant part in her life. She con­fesses she usu­ally does the school run in her leg­gings. ‘I get up, do half my work­out, take the kids to school in my work­out gear, then go back and fin­ish off my work­out be­fore I go to work.’

It’s this ver­sa­til­ity that is at the core of the col­lec­tion. ‘ Women are busy, they’re run­ning around look­ing af­ter kids and work­ing and I think a lot has changed in fash­ion; you wear the same thing day to night,’ she says. ‘I want a lot out of my work­out clothes. I re­ally want to cre­ate some­thing in­no­va­tive, some­thing that as a woman I want to wear. I feel there’s a real gap in the mar­ket for that.’

Al­though she’s been forced to rest a stress frac­ture in her foot fol­low­ing a re­cent fam­ily hol­i­day in Colorado, Vic­to­ria says, ‘I work out ev­ery day, it’s the time when I get to think. I put on loud mu­sic and I dance. It’s two hours a day when I turn off the phone and I fo­cus on me and clear my mind at the same time. I use the time to get in­spired and get my head ready for the day.’

As a fam­ily, the Beck­hams also ex­er­cise to­gether. ‘ We’re quite a sporty fam­ily, we like to hike, we go surf­ing,’ she says. ‘I’m lucky, I have a gym at home, but ev­ery­body can work out, whether you’re just go­ing to get up early be­fore you take the kids to school and run – just run.’

You won’t catch VB in nov­elty pink sneak­ers, though. ‘I don’t ever wear girls’ train­ers, I wear the same ones as David or the boys, so this col­lec­tion is not go­ing to be overly girly,’ she ex­plains. ‘ The vast ma­jor­ity will work for both men and women.’

So, with no Spice Girls re­union on the cards, we’ll just have to get our kicks from Vic­to­ria’s lat­est fash­ion foray.

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