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Real Housewives of New York City: Kelly Bensimon Takes It All Off for Playboy

February 17, 2010 02:00 PM by Nancy Floyd


The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon is baring all in the March issue of Playboy magazine. The 41-year old mother of two talks about her decision to strip down, what it was like posing naked for her ex-husband, and how she explained the revealing photo spread to her two young daughters…

The March issue of Playboy magazine shows The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Bensimon in a six-page pictorial spread that she calls “fashion forward.” She’s referring, of course, to the pair of thigh-high Prada boots she wears in one of the shots. “When Playboy asked me to pose for them, I was incredibly flattered. But it was a big deal for me to actually take off my clothes for the rest of the world,” Bensimon says. So how did the 41-year old single mom decide to pose naked for the men’s mag? “I’m 41 years old. I’ve been maintaining [my body] for a long time. It’s not like, I woke up one day and I looked like this. I’ve worked really, really hard to be in good shape all my life,” Bensimon says, adding, “I’m 41! I’m 41 and it’s all still there. Thank God!”

It helps, no doubt, that she knows the photographer rather well. He’s her ex-husband! It was actually Bensimon’s idea to hire her ex, Gilles Bensimon, the creative director for Elle magazine. “I’ve never posed naked before. And Gilles has never photographed for Playboy. I thought showing the real me through Gilles’s eyes would look even better than the real me!”

So how did Bensimon share the news with daughters, Sea, 11, and Teddy, 9? “My kids have definitely seen me naked before, and they know what a woman’s body looks like,” The Real Housewives of New York City star says. “They came to the studio with Gilles. We ate breakfast together, we talked about it. I told them I didn’t want to exploit my body — I wanted to celebrate all the years of working out and this healthful lifestyle that I lead. I want my kids to have strong values in terms of taking care of their bodies. And their brains.”

As for her preparation for the shoot, The Real Housewives of New York City star took a rather, er, unconventional approach. “I ate a lot of chicken wings and I drank a lot of beer. I was really skinny before because I was riding in the Hampton Classic and I was working out a lot, so I wanted people to see the real me, like curvaceous, not some stick figure that looks really worked-out.”

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Photo Courtesy of Playboy

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