To say Kelly Killoren Bensimon has lived many lives could be an understatement. A former mannequin, trend editor, top-selling writer, and actuality tv character, the mom of two is now thriving as an award-winning actual property dealer. And she or he’s simply getting began.
“I began modeling once I was 15,” Bensimon tells GRAZIA Gazette: Hamptons. “Again then, modeling contests have been the way in which to seek out expertise. I entered Elite Mannequin Administration’s ‘Look of the 12 months’ and I used to be runner as much as Cindy Crawford.” She grew to become the face of Ann Taylor on the age of 16, and her profession took off from there.
Being chosen because the face of French cosmetics firm Clarins, taking pictures for a number of the most prestigious trend magazines on the earth, and dealing with legendary photographers like Patrick Demarchelier has been a whirlwind. Bensimon says, “There have been a number of pivotal moments for me… Modeling uncovered me to probably the most proficient designers and probably the most lovely interiors on the earth.
After shifting from her native Illinois to review at Trinity School, Bensimon later transferred to Columbia College. Then, the multi-hyphenate powerhouse attended Northeastern College for her MBA and was accepted to the ultra-competitive NYU STERN for her Govt MBA in actual property and trend.
She wrote a recurring column for Hamptons Journal and segued to her first espresso desk e-book. “Writing anthologies like Within the Spirit of the Hamptons for Assouline was a pure development for me. I’ve all the time liked the Hamptons and I wished to rejoice those that have made the realm probably the most unique trip vacation spot on the earth,” she explains. Bensimon ended up writing American Model for the writer in 2004, and The Bikini Ebook in 2006. Within the Spirit of the Hamptons was so successful, Assouline launched a second version in 2013 that is still one of many writer’s prime sellers to at the present time.
“I’ve been journaling all my life,” Bensimon reveals. “It was a means for me to course of what I used to be studying and a strategy to catalog my emotions and reminiscences.” She additionally stretched her writing muscle as a trend and equipment editor for glossies equivalent to Elle Equipment, launched a diet e-book (I Can Make You Sizzling! The Supermodel Food plan), and even dipped her pen into fiction. Novels equivalent to A Harmful Age from Simon and Schuster “have been a sneak peek into the unbelievable world of the artwork world and publishing world,” she says. For her subsequent e-book, Bensimon plans on pulling again the curtain on the true property market. “It’s an unbelievable enterprise with spirited characters,” she hints.
By all of it, Bensimon sees “life-style” as the continual thread all through her profession. “I promote life-style,” she says. “I rejoice manufacturers with partnerships like One Ocean Magnificence, Veronique Gabai, Splits59, to call a number of.” She’s designed her personal outerwear line, Enville with Pologeorgis, for 5 seasons now, and has offered seven completely different jewellery traces at luxurious shops equivalent to Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, the now-defunct Barneys New York, and HSN.
Then, after all, there’s RHONY. In 2009, Bensimon joined the forged of Bravo’s The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis. A sequence favourite for 3 seasons, Bensimon nonetheless retains in contact with a few of her forged mates. “I see quite a lot of Luann within the Hamptons, and Jill in Florida,” she says.
Nonetheless, regardless of her historical past as a Renaissance lady, Bensimon’s newest evolution was in all probability her most stunning but. As her mom declined in well being years in the past, Bensimon says, “she requested me to assist promote our household house. It was a bittersweet second for me. My mom all the time knew what was greatest for all of us and pushed us to do what we’re good at. She was forward of her time and an unbelievable forecaster. My dad and mom molded me and made me who I’m at this time. I really feel very fortunate to be who I’m.” The remainder is actual property historical past.
Now constructing and main the Kelly Killoren Bensimon Group at Douglas Elliman, Bensimon has landed a number of the most unique listings in New York, the Hamptons, Palm Seaside, Miami, Aspen, and Paris. “I signify probably the most unbelievable constructing in New York and probably the most outstanding properties,” she says.
“I’m so happy with my workforce and the way diversified they’re.” With belief as her most treasured advantage, she explains, “[Clients] belief my style degree and acknowledge how essential their transaction is to me. I all the time get the very best offers performed, and I’m happy with that.” Shopping for and promoting a number of the most lovely properties on the earth, whereas nonetheless writing about “the very best of the very best in trend, magnificence, and equipment,” Bensimon says she’s “a synthesizer of knowledge,” all the time ensuring to curate an accessible strategy to an opulent life-style. She guarantees, “It’s been an unbelievable journey and I’m simply getting began!”