March 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM ET
Is Victoria Beckham the same size as the average woman? According to the fashion designer and former Spice Girl, her dress size (U.K. size 6/U.S. size 2-4) represents that of the “general public.”
In a photo spread and interview for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Beckham was asked about designing clothes and understanding the fit and preferences of her customers. “We always joke that we have this fabulously gorgeous 17-year-old model who is six-foot-whatever," she said. "And then I say ‘OK, I’m going to put it on. I stand for the general public here.'"
Beckham, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, tells the magazine, "Maybe my tummy isn't as tight as it used to be, but I've got four amazing kids, and that's what really matters."
The designer goes on to talk about her work process while pregnant, noting “it was very hard when I didn't have my body.".
The singer turned designer has faced scrutiny over her slight frame. British critics called her “skinny, gaunt, downcast, malnourished and moody,” at a fashion event in February, and in response, Beckham told the Daily Mirror, “I’m basically just like any woman who’s working and has lots of children – it’s tough.”
Not everyone thinks Beckham is just like any woman, however.
“It worries me that firstly, she is portraying herself as being a normal size, when in actual fact she goes to great lengths to be this small,” writes reader Kitty Preston on the Daily Mail. “Secondly, that the average size of British women is a 16! We should strive to be more healthy and undertake more exercise. Surely then the average UK woman would not be a 16.”
Adds U.S. reader kc, “As an American film extra in over 230 productions, I am a 12…Mrs Beckham is about a 0-6 tops ... if she wants to be that thin, so be it. But she DOES NOT represent the average American here.”
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