11/26/2007 at 01:00 AM EST
• With a Spice Girls greatest hits album (sold at Victoria's Secret and the store's Web site) just out, a tour launching next month and a U.S. version of her U.K. bestseller That Extra Half an Inch hitting stores, Victoria Beckham is one busy fashion icon. She chatted in L.A. with PEOPLE's Jessica Herndon:
ON COMFORT VS. STYLE So long as it looks good, I will make it work for me. I don't mind being uncomfortable, but that's because I love fashion.
ON HER NEW BROWN HAIR I went back to England and there was a lot of my haircut walking about, so I thought, "Okay, this has got to change now." The haircut with color. It's nice for this time of year.
ON A GIRL'S MOST IMPORTANT WARDROBE ITEM A good pair of jeans.
ON WHY SHE NEVER SMILES Sometimes I look at pictures and go, "You look like a bloody miserable cow." I'm actually a smiler, but years ago I created this character and it's stuck. The ironic thing is I'm so happy!
ON PREPPING FOR THE TOUR It's lovely at rehearsals; we've got our children running around. They all get along well.
ON DRESSING HER KIDS I don't buy expensive clothes–they grow out of them. Cruz is wearing clothes I bought for Brooklyn (below).
ON LIFE IN THE U.S. It's the happiest we've ever been as a family. We feel we've found our home.