"Support each other. Be that woman. Be that girl. Be that young child that likes other females. It's really bad if you don’t."
To celebrate International Women’s Day Facebook hosted a live conversation with Victoria Beckham from her Dover Street store in London. Speaking to Nicola Mendelsohn, (VP EMEA, Facebook) the conversation covered Victoria’s successful career and how she has built a successful fashion brand that’s gearing up to celebrate 10 years this September.
Speaking about her success, Victoria credited a series of mentors that have supported her throughout the years including Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg. She also explained how she herself tries to support other women both professionally and personally. “Three-quarters of my business is run by strong women. Everyday I go into work and I’m inspired by women who work incredibly hard alongside having families.”
“Most of senior management staff are women. I didn’t employ them because they are women, but because they were the best at the job… I love women. I love women’s company.”
However, when asked about her career advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and designers, the pop star turned fashion designer also revealed that not all women in the past have been so supportive of her saying…
“Support each other. Be that woman. Be that girl. Be that young child that likes other females. It’s really bad if you don’t. And there are women like that. And when I look back in the past about things that might be said about me or written about, a lot of the time it’s been by other women. It’s disappointing and that is so often that case. So my message would be… don’t be that young girl, don’t be that woman. Let’s change that.”
Victoria also credited her family in enabling her to go to work everyday saying: “I have had cheerleaders. I couldn’t do what I do now without the women around me. My number one cheerleader is my husband, he really supports me. I couldn’t do this without him. My kids support me. So I feel very lucky and blessed to do what doesn’t feel like a job.”
She also spoke about her brand’s success and revealed that following her successful makeup launch with Estee Lauder, she is currently developing both a skincare and fragrance line.
“As a woman I want to create things that I really want in my life. They are things that I can’t find. It’s all very scientific and I’m learning a lot.”
You can watch the full interview above.
In addition to Nicola and Victoria’s discussion, #SheMeansBusiness – a program established by Facebook in 2016 to support female-owned businesses – will also launch an updated hub and the “Community Finder” tool. This tool will help connect women in small business communities across the world, to enable them to make valuable connections, come together as peers and share questions, advice, resources and support to help each other to grow their businesses.