Victoria Beckham recalled a humiliating incident in which she was pressured to weigh herself in front of a live studio audience during a new interview with Vogue Australia.
“Can you imagine doing that nowadays?” the model and former member of the Spice Girls said of the awkward television appearance, according to Huffington Post UK.
“I went on a TV show with Chris Evans many years ago and I’d just had Brooklyn and lost a lot of weight after,” Beckham recalled to Vogue. “It happened to my mum after her pregnancies. It doesn’t mean you have an eating disorder. And he made me stand on the scales to be weighed.”
Beckham was referring to her appearance on “TFI Friday” in 1999, which occurred just a couple of months after she gave birth to her first son, Brooklyn, with husband David.
While chatting with host Chris Evans about her relationship and new baby at the time, Evans asked Beckham (around the 3:08 mark in the video below): “A lot of girls want to know, because you look fantastic again, how did you get back to your shape after birth?”
The model revealed she hadn’t been to the gym at all, because she was “lazy.” Evans then asked her if her weight was “back to normal,” and when Beckham said that it was, the host pulled out a scale from under his desk, and encouraged her to step on, asking, “Can I check, do you mind?”
Beckham, who noted that Evans had made fellow Spice Girl Geri Halliwell weigh herself during her previous appearance on his show, stood on the scale. The host subsequently revealed Beckham’s weight to the live studio audience: “Eight stone’s [112 lbs.] not bad at all, is it?”
Elsewhere in the Vogue Australia interview, the model spoke about the way the media has reported on her weight and body throughout her career and the demeaning headlines she’s seen about herself.
“I’ve had ‘Porky Posh,’ I’ve had ‘Skeletal Posh.’ After I had Brooklyn, there was a picture pointing to every single part of my body where I had to focus on losing the weight from,” Beckham recalled.
This isn’t the first time the former Spice Girl has spoken about body image in recent months. In a May interview with Grazia’s Jess Cartner-Morley to promote her form-fitting new clothing collection VB Body, Beckham called the desire to be “really thin” an “old-fashioned” notion.
“It’s an old-fashioned attitude, wanting to be really thin. I think women today want to look healthy, and curvy. They want to have some boobs — and a bum,” she said.