Abbey Clancy gets a bigger ''buzz'' from helping her family than she does from the perks of her fashion jobs.

The 28-year-old model - who regularly poses for lingerie brand Ultimo - is very proud of her career and the opportunities she has but she insists her motivation for being successful is to be able to provide for her loved ones.

Speaking in the January issue of Cosmopolitan magazine - of which she is the cover star - she said: ''For a lot of people it's a massive deal to be on the front row at Fashion Week and look perfect. I don't go to be seen, I go to look at the collections, and support my friends, like Henry (Holland), Giles (Deacon) and Jonathan Saunders. As much as I love clothes and shopping, it doesn't drive me.

''No one can complain about earning good money, but for me it's being able to help my family out, put my brother and sister through school, take my family on holiday. That's where I get the biggest buzz, not buying a pair of £500 shoes.''

Abbey - who has a three-year-old daughter, Sophia, with her husband, soccer player Peter Crouch - enjoys her career much more now than when she started off.

The blonde beauty - who finished as runner-up on 'Britain's Next Top Model' in 2006 when she was 20 - felt slightly intimidated by bigger stars when she first entered the fashion world but now she is confident in herself.

She said: ''It was overwhelming in the beginning. I was only 18 and was having paparazzi following me. I'd be standing next to Victoria Beckham in an H&M dress! Oh, my god, that was odd. But I think you grow up.''

Abbey was honoured at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards on Wednesday night (03.12.14) where she was presented with the Ultimate Style Icon prize.

The full interview with Abbey is in the January 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan (www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/abbey) on sale December 4.