Kelly Killoren Bensimon (born May 1, 1968) is an American author, socialite and former editor of Elle Accessories and a former model. She has appeared as a full-time cast member on the Bravo television series The Real Housewives of New York City from seasons 2 to season 4. Kelly Jean Killoren was born in Rockford, Illinois. She began working as a model while in her teens. She attended Trinity College, Connecticut, but left after a year.
Kelly began her modeling career in New York City. She has appeared in magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar. She was once the face of Clarins. She is the editor at large for Hamptons Magazine, a free weekly with circulation of 40,000 to 50,000 and Gotham Magazine. Both publications are owned by Niche Media. She became the founding editor of Elle Accessories Magazine, and left after two issues. She authored several books including In The Spirit of the Hamptons, American Style, and The Bikini Book.
Killoren Bensimon has been host of the IMG fashion week, and of the IMG swim shows in Miami. She was a spokesperson in 2006 for Wool as part of their Test Marketing Productions (TMP);. Bensimon has hosted and modeled in menswear events with GQ magazine. She was also an “ambassador” for Spring 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Killoren Bensimon’s first line of jewelry was uniquely made with fishing lures and was sold exclusively at Barney’s New York.