ABOUT KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON
The New York Times counts her as on of the "most fabulous tastemakers." But millions know her as a noted author, trendsetter, model and influential Editor of Elle Accessories. Kelly has made a career reporting on fashion and style with her own in-sights gleaned from years spent growing up in the fashion industry. With a refreshingly modern sensibility, Kelly translates trends and contemporary culture for the public, with a unique take that is fresh, playful, and always accessible.
Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Kelly became a model at age fifteen and moved East where she began studying at Trinity College. She then transferred to New York to finish her B.A. at Columbia University, graduating in 1998.
After Columbia, Kelly began writing for HAMPTONS Magazine. While there she was responsible for two successful columns, "In the Spirit of the Hamptons" and "Most Wanted." Her column initiated the "In The Spirit Of..." series for influential publishing house, Assouline. "The Spirit of The Hamptons" (2001) remains one of the company's top selling titles. The second edition was publish in 2013. She then helped Niche Media create and launch GOTHAM Magazine in 2001. Kelly's titles include: American Style (2004) The Bikini Book (2006) In The Spirit of the Hamptons I (2001) and II (2013) with Assouline Publishing. I Can Make You Hot (2011) with St. Martin's Publishing. Kelly's first novel, A DANGEROUS AGE, was released in June 2016 through Simon & Schuster. Currently, Kelly is working on the sequel, A SECOND COURSE, which will be released in 2017.
Kelly appeared as a break out star on Bravo TV's "The Real Housewives of New York City," from Seasons 2-5. Additional television appearances include The Singles Project, Hunting Season, and the movie, Innocence.
In 2010, Kelly appeared on the March cover of Playboy Magazine, followed by the cover of SHAPE Magazine in 2011.
KKBLoves.com was launched in 2015 to share musings in the world of travel, beauty, wellness, and fashion.
Kelly is the celebrity ambassador for Generosity Water and sits on the Directors Council for Food Bank for NYC. She also supports the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A portion of the proceeds for her book, American Style (2004) were directed to the Costume Institute.
On May 19, 2016, Kelly's jewelry collection, KELLY KILLOREN, was launched on HSN in May 2016.
Kelly is an avid equestrian who raises her two teenage daughters and dog, Fluffy in New York City.