This Is What Victoria Beckham Would Have Told Her 18-Year-Old Self

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Victoria Beckham is nothing short of a fashion icon.

The former Spice Girl has completely transformed her image from her days as a pop star, and has made our fashionista senses tingle with her immaculate street style and red carpet slayage alike.

Although the fashion designer and mom of three can be rather mysterious when it comes to her personal life, she recently opened up about the beauty and lifestyle lessons she's learned along the way, including how she continues to make her husband, David Beckham, swoon.

Take a peek at the five ways Victoria kept it real about her life in an editorial that she penned to her 18-year-old self.

1. Don't pile on make-up.

Victoria admitted she suffered from "bad acne" in her teens and often packed on makeup because of the way her skin looked. "Your complexion will sort itself out (in fact you will launch your own makeup brand)," she wrote to herself. "As soon as the Eighties are over, your perm will die down, and your weight will settle itself ... Learn to embrace your imperfections—that is what I want to tell you. Let your skin breathe; wear less makeup. (And don't ever let that make-up artist shave your eyebrows! The effects last forever.) You will always be addicted to Elnett hairspray but you will tone it down. Less of the 'Hello! I just got stuck in a wind tunnel,' please."

2. Be happy with your natural breasts.

"I should probably say, don't mess with your boobs," she continued. "All those years I denied it—stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you've got."

3. Maintain mystique in marriage.

Victoria and David have been married for 17 years, and she attributes the success of it to specific elements. "In marriage: have patience. Bite your tongue. Be supportive. And preserve a bit of mystique," she wrote. "Never let yourself go completely (at least brush your hair, clean your teeth, have a bit of a brow going on, because you will always want him to look at you and feel attracted)."

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4. Have fun with clothes—especially sunglasses.

"You are going to have so much fun with your clothes—PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous," she wrote. "You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed. Wear sunglasses a lot. Even inside. Especially at airports. They turn a nothing-outfit into something quite pulled together and cool. You are going to really like Aviators. (Then one day you will develop your own!)

5. Skip heels for school events.

"A word on school sports day: never wear platform heels and flares if you have to take part in the mothers' race. And never believe another mum when she says she will stick with you at the back of the race. Because she won't. And when they announce, 'It's the taking part that counts,' it's not. It's all about winning."

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