By now, we all know that David and Victoria Beckham's latest bundle of joy will live her very likely super-chic life with the kind of wacky name that only a celebrity or an egomaniac* could give their kid: Harper Seven.
Posh and Becks have rattled on and on about the reasoning and deep personal meaning behind the Hollywood-goes-South double name: Beckham's jersey number is 7, and 7 is a magical, wonderful lucky number, and Victoria's favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird ("a very strong, passionate book," according to Becks) by Harper Lee. There's so much meaning you could choke on it.
Once the Beckham's revealed that To Kill a Mockingbird was a primary source of inspiration for their latest baby name, sales of the novel DOUBLED over the weekend and the publishing industry got a little closer to figuring out how to sell books.
There's one problem: an eagle-eyed media observer remembered that in a 2005 interview with the Guardian, Victoria Beckham proudly declared her abstinence from the whole reading thing: “I haven’t read a book in my life. I don’t have the time. I prefer listening to music, although I do love fashion magazines.”
Even if that was hyperbole, and Victoria Beckham has read, say, a handful of books, it's weird to imagine that the American high school curriculum staple about racial inequality in the Deep South would be one of the few books the British-born (and raised) fashion fanatic had read. This would be a bizarre thing to lie about, but the more I think about it, the more it seems that Posh's baby name explanation can't be the whole truth.
I'm at a loss here, anyone have any idea what's going on? [editor's note: Harper's Bazaar perhaps?]
Victoria Beckham Raises Book Sales – Styleite
Victoria Beckham Baby Girl News – Vogue UK
Above, Victoria Beckham engages in two uncharacteristic behaviors: reading and smiling.
* Joke, because obviously all celebrities are egomaniacs. Did you know that celebs score well above average on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory? That news should not come as a surprise to anyone with even passing interest in human beings.