See Victoria Beckham’s Touching Pictures From Her First Outing As A UN Goodwill Ambassador

  • Marie Claire is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy.
  • See all the pictures from Victoria Beckham's first UN trip to Soweto

    Pop star, designer and now a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN – it seems there aren’t many things Victoria Beckham can’t conquor. Travelling to Soweto in South Africa, the 40-year-old met with mothers and babies affected by HIV, on behalf of UNAIDS and The AIDS Foundation, which was set up by showbiz pal Elton John.

    Tweeted a selection of moving photos from her time in Soweto, including ones of her holding a young baby and chatting with mothers living with HIV, Victoria tweeted ‘In the last 3 years ‪@ejaf‬ have helped over 60,000 mothers give birth to HIV free babies. X vb’, highlighting the work already done by Elton John’s charity.

    Victoria also showed off her artistic side, sharing a picture of herself spraying graffiti on a wall, which was accompanied by the tweet ‘Education + art = Aids free future ‪@UNAIDS‬ x vb’.

    It was just last month that the UN announced Victoria had been appointed as an ambassador for UNAIDS. Victoria said of her new venture:

    ‘It’s taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother,’ Victoria, who has regularly worked with Aids charities including mothers2mothers, throughout her career, explained of her new role.

    ‘For some reason people will listen to me. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me. I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.’

    ‘I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future. Elton [John] is a very dear friend of mine and David’s and we’ve been patrons of the Elton John Aids Foundation for 20 years, so I have been working a lot with lots of Aids charities.’

    Watch Victoria Beckham’s speech at the United Nations conference.

    Reading now