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Kelly Killoren Bensimon is a noted author, influential editor, model, and tastemaker. She appeared on three seasons of Bravo’s hit show The Real Housewives of New York City.
Kelly's list of projects is impressive and ever-expanding. She is currently acting as Guest Editor for Avenue magazine and is also a regular contributor to publications such as Hamptons, Gotham and AM New York.
Kelly just released her fourth book titled I Can Make You Hot with St. Martins Press in May 2012. The book is a healthy, high-energy eating & exercise plan that promotes a healthy lifestyle without gimmicks, deprivation or starvation tactics. The book includes over 60 recipes, as well as tips on how to live a healthful life and have fun while doing it. Kelly is also developing a show of the same title.
Kelly has made a career reporting on fashion and style with her own insights from years spent growing up in the fashion industry. She began working as a model at the age of 15. When it came time for college, Kelly moved east and began studying at Trinity College before transferring to Columbia University, where she graduated with a BA in English literature and creative writing.
After college, Kelly focused on both her modeling and writing careers and flourished at both. In 2001 Kelly helped Niche Media to create and launch Gotham magazine, where she worked as an editor. Kelly also launched Elle Accessories, in 2005 as Editor. A former contributor to Hamptons Magazine, Kelly wrote two successful fashion columns: “In the Spirit of the Hamptons” and “Most Wanted.” Her columns inspired In The Spirit of the Hamptons (2002), a book for influential publisher Assouline. The book remains one of the company’s top sellers. Kelly is also the author of American Style (2004) and The Bikini Book, (2006) both published by Assouline.
Kelly is an avid supporter of charities close to her heart including Feeding America, Generosity Water and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Animal Haven shelter.
Kelly and her two daughters split their time between New York City and East Hampton.