Updated: 29/03/2012 14:40 | By Michelle Davies, contributor, MSN Her

Hasn't Victoria Beckham earned the right to call herself a 'normal' woman?

She's given birth, braved marriage problems and grafted to make her own business a success. We're pretty sure that adds up to being more than just a celeb.


Victoria Beckham (© Reuters)

Victoria Beckham must wonder why she bothers. She's being attacked from all sides for comments made to Harper's Bazaar about testing her dress designs on herself to see what suits the general public.

Critics claim what the 37-year-old actually meant is that she thinks her size six figure is 'average'.

Which, of course, is ridiculous, because we all know the average UK woman is a 16, right? "Deluded" is how one critic on Twitter described her.

She didn't, for the record, describe herself as average in any way during the interview. But the big question is, why does the idea of Posh thinking she's normal upset people so much?

The comments she made were actually in the context of describing how she models her own dresses to see if the design's working.

"We always joke that we have this fabulously gorgeous 17-year-old model who is six-foot-whatever and then I say, 'OK, I'm going to put it on. I stand for the general public here'," she said.

The point she was making is that by experimenting on herself, she can make sure any woman who isn't built like a model will still feel a million dollars wearing her designs.


It wasn't about being thin enough to wear them or saying she thinks everyone should be as super-slim as her. It was about wanting to create a dress that flatters everyone. (Before anyone pipes that only skinny women can fit into her dresses, curvier celebrities wear them too, including Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian and, of course, Beyoncé, who wore hers just two months after giving birth.)

And who's to say what's average or 'normal' anyway these days? If you lined up six women of varying heights who all wore a size 16, none of them would look the same.

One size doesn't necessarily fit all.

Because, like it or not, Posh IS normal - she's a working mum who juggles the school run with a career she really enjoys and is good at, just like millions of us.

Yes, she's richer than most working mums, which doesn't make her average, but she's grafted for her fortune, first as a Spice Girl, now as a designer.

Isn't it time we cut her some slack?

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