Victoria Beckham: 'I Absolutely Want an Empire'

08/22/2013 at 09:05 AM ET

Victoria Beckham TJuergen Teller for the T, the New York Times Style Magazine

If you ask Victoria Beckham, it’s certainly not enough that some of the biggest names in Hollywood are clamoring to wear her designs, or that her fashion show is one of the hottest tickets in town every year, or that she recognizes that she and husband David are considered a brand at this point (that “happened very organically,” she says.)

Nope, she’s got even bigger plans, she tells T, the New York Times Style Magazine. “I have five categories at the moment. But at some point I would love to do shoes, I would love to do fragrance, I would love to do makeup, I would like to do underwear,” she says. “I want to get bigger and bigger. I absolutely want an empire.”

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But for all of her single-minded business determination, the star maintains a healthy sense of humor about herself. When someone mentioned placing some food in in the photos, shot by Juergen Teller, she joked, “We don’t want anyone to know I eat. Why ruin that?”

And when discussing her famously sour face in paparazzi photos, Beckham defends her signature look: “When you’re in a position to be ‘paparazzi-ed’ just walking down the street, you’d look a little daft if you were smiling all the time.”

Despite being a paparazzi target with an ever-growing fashion line, Beckham spends much of the piece discussing how normal she and David are as parents — and says something especially surprising for someone who considers herself a brand. “I don’t want to be made to look like I’m 25,” she said about her many magazine covers. “I’m 39. I don’t have any issues with my age.” And why would she? After all, she’s halfway to an empire and not even 40.

For even more from Beckham, check out T‘s website, and tell us: Do you like her designs? What do you think of her anti-smiling policy?

–Alex Apatoff

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Pixie on

It’ll happen. She’s delightful and she has the determination combined with a humble attitude. A perfect combination for success. I think she’s fantastic! I met her at a signing – she was beyond friendly and unbelievably hilarious! Good luck Victoria!

Nic on

I don’t care what anyone says … I like her. She really is quite personable and has a great sense of humor.

Zen on

Love this woman. She does no wrong! :-)

Noneya on

I don’t care if she smiles or not – the Beckhams are one of my favorite families! I do believe that she will eventually get her empire!

layla on

She’s got David Beckham..why in the world would she want an empire??????

akmgr on

She comes across as a snob and an elitist. I don’t care for her or her brand. She already has an empire on the pouty face, that’s enough.

melissak on

Wish she would smile.

Edie on

Love her too, but I wish she would get that blank look off of her beautiful face when taking pictures…it’s enough already!

Sacmar on

I love her designs. I just wish they were more affordable to those of us outside Hollywood.

Gg on

I think she comes across as being very boring, unapproachable, and unfriendly. I have never seen a picture of her smiling in fact she always has a scowl on her face. So if someone has seen different that’s a shocker. I remember when the spice girls reunited for the Olympics how obvious she was about not wanting to be there. She tried hard to disassociate from the girls as though she’s better. Look, she puts her pants on the same way as the rest of us- one leg at a time . $$ does not make you a better person. As far as I’m concerned she and her family can go back to London and make $ there. I’m tired of all these untalented people acting as though they are so much better than others. What do they really contribute to society to make it a better place ?

.... on

You don’t have to smile ALL the time, but smiling at least once in a while makes you seem human without a stick up your behind.

Natalie on

She doesn’t smile because her teeth are busted..with all that money, she should fix them.

Personally on

Alot of adults don’t want to keep reliving their 20’s over and over. If she didn’t want to be a Spice Girl at the Olympics. that’s cool. She’s moved on. She possibly rarely smiles for cameras to be taken seriously as a designer. She seems happy with her life. That’s enough.

Mr G. on

She’s about as cheerful as a deceased person at a funeral service! With that smug look and lack of smile and personality, there is absolutely NOTHING attractive about her! Beckham can have her!

lynn on

Love the Beckham’s!!!

Victoria's Stan on

LOVE this woman. She does no wrong in my book! She’s the epitome of fabulous.

rcm on

I don’t think Americans think of her when it comes to fashion. I sort of liked her after she guested on American Idol. But she just doesn’t appear likeable at all. Good luck to her.

guest on

This woman DOES NOT know how to smile!

guest on

Money and power is all she wants. That’s sad.

K-Flash on

…say what you want about Victoria Beckham, but she’s an ambitious, determined, savvy business woman, who’s worked hard (not only on her career), but to keep her marriage together. How can anyone fault that, when so many of “Hollywood” couples, toss in the towel. I personally think, society needs more of these types of role models for women….instead of the “teenage-and-pregnant” b.s., that’s shoved down society’s throats. And for the whole smiling thing….personally, having paparazzi following you around constantly, wouldn’t bring out the smile in me either!

Nannyto1 on

Love her… she and her family are awesome, in my opinion :-)

fanofboardwalkempire on

Love Victoria Beckham and love her clothing line.

Linda on

Shake off all those haters…you go girl! Love that family…very real, down to earth and loving. Always doing things with their children…always.

Brooke on

This poor woman needs to rethink her priorities in life. She is so unbelievably shallow!

Al on

Can’t stand her – she is SO all about herself!!! Her husband give’s me the creeps!! He looks like a snake and especially with all the tattoo’s – make’s my skin crawl…… added he got paid SO much here in the US and hardly played – alway’s had an “injury” he’s all about BS!!!!

Deborah on

I LOVE HER! I’d buy her dresses, but my boobs don’t fit in them,LOL.

someone on

why does she always look so miserable and unhappy? the girl has everything she could possibly have and then some… I don’t get these rich people…

Nanu 08 on

She never seems to SMILE so maybe she should try it once in awhile as she might like it…..not impressed with her at all!!!

sandy on

she really does have it all! I wish I had her drive and ambition. and on top of it- 4 gorgeous children and husband to boot! shows you how working hard to achieve goals really can make all your dreams come true.

Debi on

I have the nicest story about the Beckhams. My hubby is from England, and he has a “challenged” grandson. Years ago, my hubby’s daugher-in-law wrote to them asking for his signature so that it could be raffled off in a charity auction, as they were trying to get funds to buy her son a special chair that would allow him to sit up straight. Instead of just sending his signature, they wrote a check for 5,000 to purchase the chair. I bet not many people know how wonderful they truly are and spread their wealth around. How nice of them and I will always remember this.

Marie on

Go for it girl…and you still need to eat and smile more…lol

Kat on

I love Victoria, she’s one of my fav celebs, she seems fun to hang with. Great family! on

she’s the best

Jenny! on

I love this lady she’s got a good head on her shoulders and just LOVES her children, they are just beautiful. I’d buy some of her items.

Linda on

I don’t think she’s likes her smile; otherwise, she’d be smiling a lot more. I’ve seen pictures of her smiling and it is kind of a cheesy, plastered on smile. She does look better straight faced, which is too bad for her all the time because she has to be self conscious all the time. When she wants to laugh, she has to catch herself and straighten up her face. It must be a pain to have to stop herself from smiling just to give a good picture.

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