Kelly Bensimon
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Her role in “The Juice.”
author, model
Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut
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Editor of Elle Accessories


Kelly Bensimon, sometimes credited as Kelly Killoren Bensimon, is a model, author and jewelry designer. She is also known as the founding editor of “Elle Accessories Magazine.” In 2009, Kelly appeared in the Bravo series “The Real Housewives of New York City” and made her acting debut in an episode of “The Juice.”

Currently, Kelly lives in East Hampton and New York City. In March 2009, the mother of two found herself arrested with the charge “Assault with Intent to Cause Physical Injury, a Misdemeano” after hitting her boyfriend, Nicholas Stefanov, with a closed fist. The attack caused a wound below Stefanov's eye. The case has been proceeded until August 2009.


Childhood and Family:

Kelly Bensimon was born Kelly Jean Killoren in 1968. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois. She enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, but quit after a year. She then attended the Columbia University School of General Studies with an English major. She graduated in 1998 with a BA in Literature and Writing.

Kelly and former husband Gilles Bensimon, a French photographer, separated in January 2006. The couple share two girls, Sea Louise Bensimon (born in 1998) and Thadeus Ann Bensimon (born in 2000).

The Real Housewives of New York City


Kelly Bensimon began modeling when she was 15 years old. Starting out in New York City, she has appeared in major publications like “Cosmopolitan,” Elle” and “Harper's Bazaar.” She was once the face of “Clarins.”

After modeling, Kelly branched out to writing. She began writing for “Hamptons Magazine,” a regional magazine that is published by Niche Media, LCC. During her tenure, she contributed to the fashion columns “In the Spirit of the Hamptons” and “Most Wanted.” In 2001, she helped Niche Media establish “Gotham Magazine,” a sister publication to “Hamptons Magazine.” Now, she remains the editor at large for the those magazines.

Kelly, however, did not receive her big breakthrough until she was named Editor of “Elle Accessories Magazine” in 2005. At the time, she created and launched the magazine with the Fall and Spring issue.

Kelly also has written an article for “Page Six Magazine” titled “The Socializer: Kelly Killoren Bensimon.”

Also a book author, Kelly has published the books “In The Spirit of the Hamptons” (2002), “American Style” (2004) and “The Bikini Book” (2006), which details the history of the bikini and the swimsuit’s 60th anniversary.

In 2006, Kelly hosted the IMG fashion week, during which time she had opportunity to interview designers, models and celebrities. Also in that same year, she also hosted the IMG swim shows in Miami and became a spokesperson for “Wool.” She has also hosted menswear events with GQ magazine. The next year, she became an ambassador for Spring 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Later that same year, in December, she launched her jewelry line, Kelly, at Bloomingdale's.

From February to May 2009, Kelly appeared on “The Real Housewives of New York City,” a reality-TV aired on Bravo since March 2008. In the show, she showed and promoted the owl designed that later became the subject of a lawsuit. The product was allegedly not designed by Kelly, but by the founder of jewelry line Tuleste Market, Celeste Greenberg. Greenberg has filed lawsuit over copyright violation and failure of contract.

After her appearance on the Bravo show, the ex-Mrs. Bensimon made her debut as an actress in a 2009 episode of “The Juice” called “Kelly Killoren Bensimon's House,” aired on May 29, 2009. In July 21, she made a self-appearance in “The Wendy Williams Show,” a talk-show hosted by Wendy Williams. Other TV shows she has appeared in include “The Tyra Banks Show,” “Today” and “Trading Spaces.”


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