Victoria Beckham says she would never 'skip a meal' in front of her kids

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."

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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."

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.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Victoria Beckham attends the Argento Ball for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on June 27, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI and EJAF)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham attend the Argento Ball for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on June 27, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI and EJAF)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Victoria Beckham is seen on June 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 23: Victoria Beckham is seen on June 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 23: Victoria Beckham attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Victoria Beckham arrives at her hotel on June 22, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 19: Victoria Beckham attends the Forbes Women's Summit 2018 in New York, United States on June 19, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Victoria Beckham seen out in Manhattan on June 19, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Victoria Beckham seen out in Manhattan on June 19, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Victoria Beckham out and about on June 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Victoria Beckham seen leaving Scott's Fish and Seafood Restaurant on June 11, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Victoria Beckham seen at her Dover St VB Store on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ian West - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: Actress Eva Longoria and fashion designer Victoria Beckham attend the ceremony honoring Eva Longoria with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 28: Victoria Beckham is seen at Gare du Nord station on March 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Victoria Beckham attends an event celebrating Reebok and Victoria Beckham celebrate their partnership. Special guest Shaquille O'Neal officially welcomes Victoria to the Reebok Team at The House on Sunset on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Reebok)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14: Victoria Beckham seen at St Pancras Station on March 14, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 14: Victoria Beckham is seen on March 14, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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"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."

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. 

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Brooklyn Beckham and David Beckham at 'King Arthur' premiere
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and David Beckham attend the European Premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and David Beckham attend the European Premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham attend the European premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Footballer David Beckham (L) and son Brooklyn Beckham (R) attends the European film premiere of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword in London, England on May 10, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham attend the European premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L) Brooklyn Beckham and David Beckham attend the European premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L) David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham attend the European premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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"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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