For its first fashion-centric issue, there was no surprise in Glamour’s choice to tap one of Britain’s queens of style Victoria Beckham to grace its September cover. As if Beckham’s global fashion appeal wasn’t enough of a selling point, they also enlisted her to slip into the shoes of a Glamour editor—a task Beckham was more than happy to tackle. “I’ve always loved fashion magazines, and I’ve collected international ones for as long as I can remember. So when Cindi [Leive] called to ask if I would like to guest-edit the September issue, I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her,” writes Beckham on the Glamour website.
While other celebrities who get the opportunity to guest-edit a magazine are often disinterested and dispassionate, it was clear that Beckham wasn’t in it for the publicity. Even Lieve has nothing but praises for the British designer, telling Women’s Wear Daily that Beckham took her editorial role seriously and was devoted to each story. With a clear vision in mind and her controlling persona in tow, the designer spent five months working on the issue. Among the stories she worked on were a hair editorial featuring Lily Collins, a fashion spread starring Brit band The Wanted, and even a food story about her favored healthy dishes.
Beckham wanted to put her own stamp on the magazine, as she even made an effort to curate a list of fashion don’ts “to keep out the issue,” which included Bermuda shorts, nose rings and Crocs to name a few. She was also on hand during editorial meetings and model castings, proving that she has the instincts of an editor as well. In fact, Beckham shares that if she wasn’t a designer or a ballet dancer (Beckham is a trained ballerina), she would be a fashion editor.
While we’re eager to see the story on Glamour’s September cover star, we’re perhaps even more excited to see Beckham’s point of view laid on print. According to Beckham, it’s important “that everything feel real, not overly retouched,” which is something we’re completely on board with.