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Victoria Beckham Says She Would Never ‘Skip a Meal’ in Front of Her Kids

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18 September 2019

 

Victoria Beckham Says She Would Never ‘Skip a Meal’ in Front of Her Kids

 

Victoria Beckham

Jan Welters

 

Victoria Beckham is careful about what she does in front of her children.

The 45-year-old former Spice Girls member covers the Autumn/Winter 2019 issue of Glamour U.K., in which she discusses how she works to make a positive impact on the four children — Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and Harper, 8 — she shares with her husband, David Beckham.

“The older I get, the more I realize what works for me and what doesn’t. How working out and eating healthy is key. When you have four children you accept your body changes,” she tells the magazine. “And when you have children, it also puts a lot into perspective. You realize they notice everything. I would never sit down with my kids and skip a meal — they need to see that their mum eats healthily — you need to show little people how to be healthy and happy with who they are.”

“As parents, we have a responsibility to make sure we communicate with our children, but let’s be honest, social media is not something we had to deal with growing up,” she continues. “David and I are very close to our children and it’s all about communication and protecting them as much as we can and making sure they are strong, nice, decent human beings.”

 

Victoria Beckham

Jan Welters

 

In addition to a healthy lifestyle — both in real life and online — Victoria also makes sure to impart lessons she’s learned on her children, specifically her daughter, Harper.

“I was bullied a lot at school, mentally and physically, and the fact that I can talk to Harper about that and how girls should be kind to girls… really I use my own experiences and share that,” she shares, before revealing that bullying previously made her feel “insecure.”

 

Victoria Beckham

Jan Welters

 

Despite the bullying, as she’s aged, Victoria says she’s truly started “accept[ing] who I am” and making “the best of who I am,” which has set a good example for her family, her brands and her fans.

“In the past, I’ve probably hidden behind my armor — the not smiling publicly, for instance. There’s less of that now. There’s something really liberating about embracing who I am at 45 years old and owning it, feeling confident, feeling content,” she says. “… I want to spread the word that everybody should feel like the best version of themselves. To look after what you have. I want to tell people to own who you are. Yes, we — and I — have wrinkles, and that’s OK!

“I have always been about embracing who you are, supporting others, not being judgmental, treating others how you want to be treated,” she continues. “Sometimes it’s just the fundamental basics. Women supporting women is key. I liked what Meghan Markle said at the [British] Fashion Awards, that it used to be cool to be cruel, and now it’s cool to be kind. Kindness was always at the core of Girl Power.”

 

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Victoria adds that she “expect[s] a lot” from her body, which she maintains through her gym time, something she counts as her major self-care moments.

“I work a lot, I try to be the best professional, the best mother, the best wife and so I have to treat it in the right way — and make sure it has the fuel it needs to work long hours and be a mum, and have the energy to do it all,” she says. “… I work out every morning with Tracy Anderson trainers — I do a lot on the treadmill and I dance, too. When I’m in the gym, I decompress, that’s where I get my ideas, think and look after myself. When you have children, you don’t have the luxury of lying in, so that’s my time and I don’t have much time for socializing.”

“I’ve always been very tough on myself,” she continues. “We all have good days and bad days. Even when I have a bad day, I think I’m really lucky. I have an amazing husband, a great family, incredible people I work with and I’ve always had to work hard. I feel blessed and I want to maintain what I’ve achieved.”

 

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Victoria Beckham Hosts Intimate Lunch to Launch New Beauty Line

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17 September 2019

 

Victoria Beckham Hosts Intimate Lunch to Launch New Beauty Line

 

Beckham and ceo Sarah Creal have “behemoth” big plans for the brand, with scheduled monthly drops of new products and categories.

 

Lid Luster Mink from Victoria Beckham Beauty.

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BEAUTY AND THE FEAST  “This is nice, isn’t it?” said Victoria Beckham as she greeted her guests at The Garden at Annabel’s, where she hosted a lunch to launch her beauty line, Victoria Beckham Beauty. “It’s such a lovely way to [introduce the brand], here at Annabel’s, because it’s quite posh, isn’t it?”

Beckham cohosted the lunch with Sarah Creal, chief executive officer of the beauty brand, whom she met while working with her on the designer’s makeup collaboration with Estée Lauder.

The pair discussed their initial meeting at Beckham’s Los Angeles home. “I don’t think you expected me to be really into makeup, did you?” she asked.

“I really didn’t,” Creal confirmed. “When I walked into your dining room, what I saw was 15 years’ worth of products that she had collected. And I was, like, ‘This is either going to be totally insane or a blast.’ It’s been a blast.”

“Just to be clear, I’m intense and I know it,” joked Beckham, adding that she was “far more” obsessive about finer details like the size of pigments in eye shadows than anyone expected.

The success of Beckham’s collection for Estée Lauder was a revelation to her. “[It] really did prove to me that there is an appetite for me in the beauty industry and I knew that this was what my fashion customer wanted from me as well.”

She wasn’t wrong. After just two days on sale, pieces from the collection have already sold out. The Tuxedo eye palette and Mink Lid Lustre both sold out within hours of being released.

Among the guests were Beckham’s mother and sister, as well as her trainer Tracy Anderson, of Tracy Anderson Method fame, who had popped in to the designer’s store earlier in the day to stock up on eyeliner. “I’m obsessed with the Satin Kajal Liner in Bronze; the texture is amazing,” she told WWD. “I had to stock up because I’m not great in black and this is the most perfect, shimmery color.”

Beckham had one busy weekend: She showed her spring 2020 women’s wear collection at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Sunday, with guests including David Beckham, Helen Mirren, Kim Jones and Karen Elson in the front row. On Sunday night she hosted a dinner at Harry’s Bar in Mayfair, where guests including Alexa Chung, Rosemary Ferguson, Jake Chapman and Famke Janssen ate a big Italian dinner, family-style. And drank lots of wine. “Yesterday was a great day and we did have a lot of wine last night,” she said. “Then I was up at 6 o’clock this morning doing school runs, so I’m sorry for being a little bit late.”

Beckham and Creal have big plans for Victoria Beckham Beauty — Creal described the plan as “behemoth” — with scheduled monthly drops of new products and categories. Next up? Lips, with skin care, fragrance and wellness expected in the coming months. But don’t hold your breath for any antiaging products.

“It’s not about trying to make [yourself] look any different; any younger. I’m not going to be coming out with products that say that they’re going to get rid of wrinkles because I think that’s bulls–t and I think we should celebrate who we are,” Beckham said.

 

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Streaming is causing a fitness revolution — and it could redefine gyms as we know them

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5 September 2019

 

Streaming is causing a fitness revolution — and it could redefine gyms as we know them

 

Inside a minimalist, airy space in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron district, I’m face-to-face with a trainer that’s about to guide myself and more than 60 other attendees through this morning’s cardio workout.

Except I can’t see any of the other participants; rather, I’m staring at a slab of mirrored glass with a display panel underneath it that’s showing my trainer as she instructs the class. There are also bits of information scattered near the bottom of the glass, such as heart rate data and calories burned.

That’s because I’m not in a boutique fitness studio, but in a storefront where fitness startup Mirror sells its product of the same name. Mirror — as its name implies — is a $1,500 mirror that’s meant to function as a home gym, letting owners peer at themselves in a full-length mirror as they follow along with their instructor.

Mirror is just one of many companies seeking to replace traditional gyms and fitness classes with training sessions you can stream at home via internet-connected devices. Among the most recognizable companies in the space is Peloton, which sells a stationary bicycle priced at more than $2,000 and treadmill for over $4,000 with built-in screens for streaming the company’s custom workouts.

The buzzy fitness startup just filed for an initial public offering at the end of August, and it was most recently valued at $4.15 billion about one year ago according to Pitchbook.

It’s not just startups that are participating in the streaming video trend. Equinox announced last month that it plans to launch a home workout service that would pair the same bicycle found at SoulCycle studios with personalized digital content — surely a move to remain competitive with Peloton. While working out at home through pre-recorded or live-streamed classes isn’t new, Peloton’s IPO and the expansion of Equinox’s SoulCycle brand into the home is certainly another sign that the at-home fitness movement is having a moment.But that doesn’t necessarily mean traditional gyms and fitness clubs are going away anytime soon. In fact, over the next five years leading up to 2024, revenue in the gym and fitness franchises industry is expected to grow at a rate of 2.6% to $4.9 billion, in part fueled by increased awareness about health and the benefits of exercise, according to market research firm IBISWorld.

But experts do believe technology will play an increasingly important role in how gyms operate and retain their members. In the next five years, many industry players are likely to implement new technology-powered offerings to improve customer satisfaction and retention, says an IBISWorld report from May.

“I think the technology is either going to have to be included in traditional gyms and fitness clubs, or a lot of these clubs are going to fall behind the at home offerings,” said Ryan Roth, lead industry analyst for IBISWorld.

The firm pointed to Anytime Fitness’ acquisition of personal training app PumpOne and Orange Theory’s use of wearable technology as an example of the direction gym chains are likely to take when it comes to incorporating more technology into the workout experience.

Why people love streaming workouts at home

There are a few simple reasons why working out at home is becoming increasingly popular: people are busier than they used to be, and there’s an increased demand for workouts in specialized disciplines like barre or yoga.

“It’s become more accessible now than ever for people to really get this type of training that they want,” said Roth. “As opposed to going to the gym and having to either educate themselves, or not feel as motivated as they are while getting training through these online classes.”

Those interested in streaming live and on-demand workout classes from home have a wide variety of options at their disposal, ranging from smartphone apps like Daily Burn and ClassPass Go to specialized hardware like bikes from Peloton and Flywheel.

In the short term, Roth said companies like Peloton and Mirror that offer hardware-based products are likely to be more successful since they allow participants to indulge in their favorite types of workouts with the convenience of staying at home. But over the long term, fitness apps that work in conjunction with wearable devices could end up being more popular. “People really want to quantify their health,” he said.

Working out at home is a concept that’s been around for decades. After all, it was probably Jane Fonda’s famous workout tape from 1982 that truly popularized the concept of exercising at home instead of at the gym.

But Mirror CEO Brynn Putnam says it was her lack of satisfaction with the currently available options that led to the development of Mirror, which launched in 2018. While Putnam wouldn’t divulge sales statistics, she did say the company sold Mirrors to every state across the country within a couple of months of its launch.

“It was a passive, one-way experience,” said Putnam in reference to at-home workout apps she’s tried in the past. “There was no interaction, there was no community, there was no progress reporting.

 

“That community aspect has proven to be a particularly important driver behind the growth of digital workouts. Although home workouts are typically done in isolation, they often inspire in active online communities where participants gather to share tips and techniques. A recent Instagram search for the hashtag #tracyandersonmethod turned up more than 12,000 photos and videos of users sharing their experience following the workouts of popular fitness trainer Tracy Anderson.

That can sometimes translate to sharing workouts in real-life too. Tricia Han, CEO of Daily Burn, an app that offers guided workout classes specializing in everything from cardio to mediation and high-intensity interval training, said sometimes app members will gather to workout together in person rather than going to a gym together.

For example, she mentioned a group of teachers in a small town in California that convene each morning to workout through Daily Burn together.

What’s next for digital workouts

In the future, home workouts will have more benefits to offer besides convenience, according to Han. Technology could make it easier to further customize workout options and provide personal coaching and individual exercise plans.

“As we go forward where it’s really going to get interesting and the things that we are building today are thinking about the personalization aspect,” she said. The company may, for example, use data and artificial intelligence to create customized experiences based on a user’s fitness level, goals, and preferences.

Putnam says Mirror plans to expand into areas like personal training and meditation in the near future.

As digital fitness apps and products continue to evolve, it’ll be more important than ever for traditional gyms to keep up in order to differentiate their products and incentivize customers.

“If these traditional fitness clubs aren’t able to leverage new technologies within the next few years to their own benefit, then I think that’s one of the areas that’s going to significantly hinder them,” said Roth.

 

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Tracy Anderson: wipe slate clean and start working out now

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30 July 2019

 

Tracy Anderson: wipe slate clean and start working out now

 

With only “2.7 percent of Americans showing up for their health,” fitness guru Tracy Anderson is even more empowered than ever to help make health and wellness a priority for others.

Anderson, trainer to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Bekham, believes that feeling good in your skin starts with the right gear.

“I feel people don’t know how to move anymore,” said Anderson. “They don’t even know what to wear to move, but you know what feels good. You know what colors you like. What you know makes you feel good,” said Anderson.

With that in mind, Anderson created a fitness clothing line in partnership with Barney’s. The colors and fabrics are intended to be comfortable and not constricting with options like a sports bra that covers your stomach.

 

But more important than even her clothes, Anderson says is the right mind set about exercise.

“I wanted to let people know that you can wipe the slate clean. It doesn’t really matter how you have shown up for your health or haven’t shown up for your health. If you can slow down, ask yourself: how can I be healthier? How can I set the stage to age in a healthy way? How can I set a good example for my children?” said Anderson.

She also recommends not dwelling on what hasn’t worked for you or the things that have gotten in the way in the past including that second bottle of wine.

Love yourself, forgive yourself for what you’ve done,” said Anderson.

 

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Tracee Ellis Ross’s Butt-Sculpting Workout Video Has Me Laughing and Sore at the Same Time

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22 July 2019

 

Tracee Ellis Ross’s Butt-Sculpting Workout Video Has Me Laughing and Sore at the Same Time

 

Tracee Ellis Ross has been making me laugh for years, from her role as Joan on Girlfriends to her latest role as Rainbow on Black-ish. If you haven’t seen either, do yourself a favor and add them to your must-watch list.

I love following Tracee on Instagram because her style is impeccablethe videos she posts are hilarious, and she’s always sharing her intense workouts. In my opinion, the best part about her workout videos is that no matter how hard the workout is, she always finds a way to laugh through the burn.

She recently shared a video of her private session at Tracy Anderson Method, and all I’ve got to say is damn, my butt, legs, and hip flexors hurt from watching. Her facial expressions let me know that her butt was probably twitching and her leg probably felt like it was going to fall off, but she kept grinding through it. Also, her mid-workout hype-up moment had me cracking up. Whatever it takes, right?

“No matter the schedule, I get in them workouts,” Tracee wrote in her Instagram caption. Yes, you do, and I’m taking all the booty notes! If you are looking for a good laugh but also want some lower-body moves you can do anywhere, check out the full video above. PS: Tracee, if you’re looking for a plus-one the next time you hit the gym, you can count me in!

 

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TRACY ANDERSON’S COLLECTION FOR BARNEYS WAS NEARLY A YEAR IN THE MAKING

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21 July 2019

 

TRACY ANDERSON’S COLLECTION FOR BARNEYS WAS NEARLY A YEAR IN THE MAKING

 

Last week Tracy Anderson launched capsule collection with Barneys New York. The 15-piece collection is made entirely in LA, and features tops, bottoms, knits, and bodysuits. The Daily Summer caught up with Anderson, who filled us in on all the important details!

 

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How did you connect with Barneys?

My chief communications officer, Steven Beltrani, took a meeting with Barneys CEO Daniella Vitale about a year ago regarding a potential collaboration. After they met, I reviewed a few different concepts and agreed that an activewear collection was the perfect project between our two brands. The rest, including many design meetings later, is history!

 

Your members have been asking for this for ages. What inspired you to put the collection together at this point?

I love my audience, but they look to me for a specific purpose in their life and I take that responsibility very seriously. While I am flattered that they ask me for a lot of things, I never make moves off of that reason. I suppose it’s like being a responsible parent. I hear my kids, but if they ask for candy multiple times a day, or for a four-wheeler when they are 3 years old, it might not be the right thing at the right time. The quality of the Barneys brand coupled with the fact that they could produce the collection in L.A., and were willing to represent me and my brand properly, made the timing feel just right!

 

How many styles does it include? And what are the key silhouettes?

This collection is my largest one yet with a luxury retailer. It includes 15 styles available at select Barneys New York stores and barneys.com, and consists of tops, bottoms, knits, and body suits.

 

What kinds of fabrics and finishes did you use to ensure that each piece is as functional as it is fashionable?

The colors are a combination of things. I love the pro sports team vibes of shiny navy and white, or burnt orange and cream. The most meaningful combination to me is the patriotic part of the red, white, and blue and the spirit of how I feel we need to think more like a healthy team. The leggings and sports bras are made from a stretch jersey, and the sweats and tees are made from 100 percent cotton.

 

 

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Tracee Ellis Ross, 46, Recreated Her Mom’s Iconic Music Video in Classic One-Piece Swimsuit

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16 July 2019

 

Tracee Ellis Ross, 46, Recreated Her Mom’s Iconic Music Video in Classic One-Piece Swimsuit

 

 

Ross put her own spin on her mom’s hit “Work That Body.”

 

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Tracee Ellis Ross knows where she gets her flawless skin and toned, curvaceous figure from—her mama, Diana Ross, of course. In a music video Ross recreated in 2015, the 46-year-old Black-ish star channels her mom in her 1981 hit Work That Body. Ross poses in a variety of one-piece swimsuits as she dances around and lifts weights. But Ross puts her own spin on it and pokes fun by eating cupcakes in some scenes. She knows how to keep it real, you know.

 

 

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i recreated her iconic music video back in 2015. still one of my all-time favs!

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After all, Ross knows just how much work goes into looking great at her age. In an interview with InStyle magazine last year, Ross said, “The ‘I woke up like this’ thing? Bulls–t! Black-ish is in HD, darling! There’s no Vaseline on the lenses.” Ross stays fit by following the Tracy Anderson Method, a dance-cardio inspired workout, and does a combination of strength and cardio three to four times a week. Ross also takes her skincare routine seriously. The actress has said she likes using face masks and recently revealed that she’s taken up a form of jade rolling, using a golden face massager, from time to time to help de-puff her face and increase circulation.

 

 

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MAKING SPACE ~ @tracyandersonmethod

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HUSTLIN’ ~ @heartandhustlegym

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Keep doing what you’re doing, girl. We think Ms. Ross does a great job of doing her mom’s video justice.

 

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Tracy Anderson Offers an Oddly Poetic Defense of Goop

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16 July 2019

 

Tracy Anderson Offers an Oddly Poetic Defense of Goop

 

 

The trainer on Gwyneth Paltrow’s side.

Gywneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson
Gwyneth Paltrow is used to navigating all sorts of micro-controversies and scandals related to her company, Goop, as it continues to expand and grow its scope. Recently the company held its first-ever Goop summit in London, after which Page Six reported that several attendees felt they didn’t get their $5,700 worth. (The most amusing quote in the report was from an attendee who said, “I was a huge fan of Gwyneth; now I feel like I have lost my faith in God.”)

Now Tracy Anderson—Paltrow’s longtime friend and business partner—has come to Paltrow’s defense. (Anderson was involved in the London summit, offering a workout class). Speaking to Page Six (an outlet really covering all sides of this situation!), Anderson said of Goop, “It’s just options. She’s not telling anyone what to do or what to wear.” It’s just options! This feels like it should be adopted as a slogan, if not for Goop, then for some other organization: It has a sort of poetic, low-key charm to it.

Anderson was also asked about the high price points Goop puts out there, explaining this isn’t so different from her gyms or other high-end wellness and fitness options. “My gyms are $900 a month. I have been criticized time and time again, but if people really understood the craftsmanship it takes to run custom prescriptions programs at that level—in the real estate I’m in—they would understand that opportunity has a price tag. It’s just the system we live in.” But she explained again that options are available. “I also…make sure I have $9.99 DVDs. I am creating options, and Goop is also creating options.”

As for, in broader terms, the notion of social media amplification in our culture, Anderson is skeptical. “Everyone has a voice now on social media—if you are too negative, people are going to start shutting down and communities are going to be destroyed instead of built up.”

Paltrow has yet to speak out about the London report specifically, but we have no doubt if she does she will come up with something equally as catchy and sharp as “It’s just options.”

 

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