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.”

RELATED PHOTOS: See the stars who can’t get enough of Beckham’s dresses!

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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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.

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