Oh, Kelly Bensimon! Trouble follows her everywhere she goes — the former model doesn’t really have the reputation for getting along and working nicely with others. However, The Real Housewives of New York City star has announced that she will be taking on a solo project destined to create just as much furor as her partnership projects have — she will be baring it all for the most traditional of skin mags, PLAYBOY, this coming March. She will not only grace the cover but will also be the featured player in a six-page nude pictorial as well.
Is this a reaction to Bethany Frankel, another REAL HOUSEWIFE castmate, posing nude (and pregnant) for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign? Or, keeping it in the franchise, to Jeana Tomasino of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY, who was, in another life, Playboy’s Miss November 1980? Where do you go next when you’ve posed nude and starred on a raucous and very popular reality show? Maybe she’ll run for Congress or move to Africa and knit malaria nets for needy kids. I don’t think you’ll be seeing her helping out in Haiti, given her inability to make a commitment to Jill Zarin’s charity event during Season 2.
Kelly’s abillity to make a mountain out of the proverbial molehill should be in full swing when the behind the scenes info gets out — slated to shoot her pictorial is her ex-husband, the world-renowned photographer Gilles Bensimon. Perhaps not the most classy of moves for a 41-year-old mother of two but certainly one that will continue to get her a lot of press coverage for some time to come. As long as she stops beating up boyfriends and continues the drama on the next installment of her show, Bensimon won’t be disappearing from the public eye for some time.