Victoria Beckham, who has been previously criticized for using only “sickly skinny” models and once called her figure representative of the “general public,” is expanding now.
Posh Spice, 48, released a new VB Body dress for her namesake fashion line that is more size-inclusive than her previous garments, now going up to a US size 14. Meanwhile, the “average” women’s dress size in the US is 16.
“Designed in our signature compact knit, VB Body gently sculpts and flatters the figure,” Beckham wrote on Instagram, noting the line is available in sizes XS to XXL. “This season sees elevated takes on wear-everywhere pieces, including scallop detailing, a new square neckline and an open-back bodysuit.”
Curvaceous queen and “body positive” model Shareefa J modeled the looks, which run up to $990. She rocked an emerald green one-shoulder dress, a pink frock, as well as a white crop top and a matching skirt.
Fashionistas hoping for more inclusive sizing as Victoria Beckham previously only ran up to US size 10, were ecstatic over the new addition to the luxe fashion label and applauded the former Spice Girl member.
“It’s about damn time,” one person commented on Beckham’s Instagram post. “Finally qween! You listened to our feedback and used curvaceous models for your campaign,” added another.
One fan interjected: “Hoorah!!! Finally VB models of all sizes, well done. Finally a different size model!”
Beckham was called out over an eyewear campaign in 2018 when people pointed out the model appeared to be “sickly skinny.” “This image is why my already tiny daughter thinks she needs to eat less,” an enraged mom wrote while another chimed in: “[I] didn’t even notice the glasses. The model was the focus. Sickly skinny! Beckham should be ashamed promoting eating disorders.”
The ultrathin Beckham — who admitted in her 2001 autobiography that she has battled an eating disorder — has been criticized in the past for using “skeletal” models.
While Beckham once called her own figure, a US size 2 to 4, as a physique that represents the “general public,” the designer did include plus sizes for her 2017 Target line, which ran up to women’s 3X.
Other Beckham fans chimed in with their admiration over the dresses and how they feel relieved to find a look that fits their body shape.
“As a larger lady I love this,” wrote one commenter. “Hard to stay classy when your options are Shein or a tent for two now I just need your twin zip detail dress in an 18 and all will be well in the world!”
One commenter was glad to see a model that represents real women modeling the new collection.
“It’s nice to actually see real and plus-sized women in VB clothes, instead of size zero women.”
Beckham seems to have changed her tune, too.
A source told Daily Mail that Beckham is “extremely proud of her new collection.”
“Finally Victoria has caught up,” they added. “There is a whole new customer out there to buy her products but let’s face it, it has taken her a while but at least she is changing things.”
The mother of four also told Grazia earlier this year about women having vastly different body types and how the idea of being too thin is beckham-being-thin-is-old-fashioned/?_ga=2.201554705.1097287097.1656676084-324676655.1647863819″>“old-fashioned.”
“It’s an old-fashioned attitude, wanting to be really thin,” she said. “I think women today want to look healthy, and curvy. They want to have some boobs — and a bum.”
She also noted to the magazine that “the curvier you are, the better my VB Body dresses look.”
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