Fashion lover Daphne Guinness has taken to Twitter to defend herself against an article published in London’s Sunday Times yesterday, in which she is said to have called Victoria Beckham, among other things, an “ugly pig.” Guinness says those aren’t her words.
While we can’t read the article (because there’s no way of getting around The Times Of London’s iron-clad pay wall without a credit card), we do know that it was written by journalist Camilla Long, who Guinness has been friends with since stylist Isabella Blow introduced them to one another. Guinness tweeted that she agreed to the interview as a favor for Long, who she says took her words about Beckham out of context. Below, Long’s rendition of what Guinness thinks about Beckham.
“[She is] an ugly pig!” says the heiress. “Downbeat, miserable and awful. Of course she’s going to make money – she’s backed by Simon Fuller. I don’t have anyone! She annoys the shit out of me.”
But Guinness says that’s not what she told Long. From her Twitter feed:
… I always liked her and was pleased she had done so well
And for the record I not only admire Victoria Beckham but know her and like her. My point was that I do most things alone without a backer.
Guinness has been tweeting back and forth with friends and admirers to make the case that Long pulled the wool over her eyes and turned what she actually said into something vicious and, ultimately, untrue. It wouldn’t be the first time that a journalist has profiled someone and molded what they said into something they didn’t actually say. Remember that piece Lynn Hirschberg wrote about M.I.A. that caused the singer to write an entire song about how journalists are haters?
Again we feel the responsibility to stress that we haven’t read the entire piece, but we’d expect someone who writes impassioned editorials, like the one about Kate Middleton’s possible wedding dress, to be able to come up with a better insult than “ugly pig.” That just doesn’t sound like Daphne.