Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Don't Deserve a Medal for Being a Working Mum; YES, SHE HAS A HECTIC CAREER SCHEDULE AND HOME LIFE, BUT ABBEY CLANCY INSISTS SHE'S NOTHING SPECIAL. THE MODEL MUM TALKS TO HANNAH STEPHENSON ABOUT THE JOYS OF WORK, DATE NIGHTS AND THE 'SKINNY GENES' THAT HELP HER SNAP BACK INTO SHAPE AFTER PREGNANCY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Don't Deserve a Medal for Being a Working Mum; YES, SHE HAS A HECTIC CAREER SCHEDULE AND HOME LIFE, BUT ABBEY CLANCY INSISTS SHE'S NOTHING SPECIAL. THE MODEL MUM TALKS TO HANNAH STEPHENSON ABOUT THE JOYS OF WORK, DATE NIGHTS AND THE 'SKINNY GENES' THAT HELP HER SNAP BACK INTO SHAPE AFTER PREGNANCY

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MANY new mums might still be struggling to lose the baby weight, and be bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. But not Abbey Clancy. She tells me she's "knackered" since welcoming second daughter Liberty last June, but she looks far from it.

In fact, the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing winner, and chief judge on Britain's Next Top Model, looks enviably amazing, her endless legs tucked inside skinny ripped black jeans, a cream cowl-neck top and black suede jacket.

Her gently highlighted blonde locks hang loose, while neutral make-up finishes the natural look.

She was back in shape just four weeks after Liberty was born (it was a similar story when five-year-old Sophia, her first daughter, was born too), but Abbey reckons genes play a big part in it, not obsessive exercising or diets, pointing to the remnants of a Chinese takeaway she had the previous night.

"I think part of it is genetics, to be honest," she says. "My mum just sprung back to shape after having four kids.

She's gorgeous. I was bigger before I had kids. My body has changed a lot since having them. I am thinner. My boobs are smaller. I think it's how the women age in my family.

Abbey came the main Remember "I'm careful about what I eat, in the sense that I want to feed my family good food and I'm married to an athlete who needs to eat good food but if I want a McDonald's, I'll have one. Everything in moderation," she continues. "I don't feel under pressure to look good, I want to look good for myself. Looks are a big part of my career but I don't think you should obsess about it."

The 30-year-old Liverpool-born model has contracts with Reebok and Matalan and is also starring, along with Sophia, in a new perfume campaign for Avon.

Now she can - loosely - add 'novelist' to her CV as well, with the publication of her debut Mills & Boon novel Remember My Name.

She's happy to admit she didn't write it, but the ideas - pretty wannabe singer from Liverpool seeks fame and fortune in London, falls for a smooth-talking Lothario who promises to make her a star and finds herself initially losing sense of what's important - are hers.

"I'm not a writer, I'm not an author. It was ghost-written for me with my ideas. It's about a girl-nextdoor with this amazing career in the end. That sort of thing's happened to me. I've been so lucky and I've loved everything I've done, so there are similarities, but it's not an autobiography."

Growing up in Liverpool, Abbey was in a girl band by 16, and by 20 had a successful modelling career.

While she looks glamorous for official photo-shoots, everyday life is a different story, she says.

up with plot idea for My Name "I don't do myself up to death every day. I just throw something on that's clean, walk out, and unfortunately that's when I get papped! …

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