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MEET | KELLY BENSIMON
Featured 10.24-10.30 | So you might know Kelly Killoren Bensimon from her stint as a Real Housewife of NYC. Or you might know her because she was famously married to fashion photog Gilles Bensimon who took a zillion snaps of her during their 10 year marriage. But the truth is that while you might think you know what she’s all about, you actually don’t. KKB (because three names are tough) has the height, the hair, the smile (not to mention the body) that all add up to make her gorgeous on the outside (OK, you probably knew that, too), but here’s the catch: she’s even more beautiful on the inside. Cliché? Yes. But also true. Born and raised in Illinois, she’s managed to hold on to that Midwestern charm despite her uber-Cosmopolitan life, and I can vouch for her authentic warmth and grace. A mother, author, philanthropist and style maven, she’s got all of the bases covered.
Welcome to Kelly’s week.
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Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Kelly Killoren Bensimon became a model at age 15 and moved East where she began studying at Trinity College. She then transferred to New York to finish her B.A. at Columbia University, graduating in 1998. After Columbia, Kelly began writing for Hamptons Magazine. Her column initiated the "In The Spirit Of..." series for influential publishing house, Assouline. The Spirit of The Hamptons (2001) remains one of the company's top selling titles. The second edition was published in 2013. She then helped Niche Media create and launch Gotham Magazine in 2001. Kelly's titles include: American Style (2004) The Bikini Book (2006) In The Spirit of the Hamptons I (2001) and II (2013) and I Can Make You Hot (2011). Kelly's first novel, A Dangerous Age, was released in June 2016 and the sequel, A Second Course, will be released in the Spring of 2017. Kelly appeared as a breakout star on Bravo TV's "The Real Housewives of New York City," from Seasons 2-5. Additional television appearances include The Singles Project, Hunting Season, and the movie, Innocence. In 2010, Kelly appeared on the March cover of Playboy Magazine, followed by the cover of SHAPE Magazine in 2011. KKBLoves.com was launched in 2015 to share musings in the world of travel, beauty, wellness, and fashion. And her eponymous jewelry collection was launched on HSN in 2016. Kelly is the celebrity ambassador for Generosity Water and sits on the Directors Council for Food Bank for NYC. She also supports the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Kelly is an avid equestrian who raises her two teenage daughters and dog, Fluffy in New York City.