We would know type icon Kelly Killoren Bensimon as the previous supermodel who graced the pages of Elle and Cosmopolitan, or for her position in Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis. Extra just lately, she is a luxurious actual property agent with Douglas Elliman on the Discovery+ TV present, Promoting The Hamptons.
Final evening, she hosted a dinner on the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Miami known as H.O.T. Our bodies. The occasion featured fashions carrying the newest swimwear by superstar swim designer Melissa Odabash, whose appears have been worn by Rihanna and Kate Moss, whereas DJ Kristian Caro spun tribal beats with trumpet performed by Vincent Raffard from the French Horn Collective. Then, a gaggle of synchronized swimmers known as the Aqualillies (who’re a favourite of Dita Von Teese), splashed across the rooftop pool to an adoring crowd, whereas company checked out a bracelet sales space from the Little Words Project.
The scene—which included Bensimon’s H.O.T. Our bodies Record for 2022—have been ushered downstairs to the Osteria Morini restaurant the place the chief chef Invoice Dorrler showcased their new Mediterranean summer season menu, which is impressed by Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
In keeping with Bensimon, H.O.T. Our bodies (which stands for Wholesome Choices In the present day), is her mantra for wholesome delicacies and making good selections together with your every day habits. It’s virtually an extension of her 2012 e book, I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet, which has 60 recipes for wholesome consuming, and vitamin ideas. Earlier than her dinner, Bensimon spoke concerning the early days of Miami Swim Week and being a blogger in 2006.
Forbes: Inform me, how did H.O.T. Our bodies come about?
Kelly Bensimon: We partnered with the Altamarea Group, which has places everywhere in the world, so I could make you sizzling. Not solely can I make you sizzling, however I wrote the bikini e book that began Miami Swim Week with Lycra and IMG. I’m so completely happy to be again in Miami to rejoice swim week with meals, household, and plenty of enjoyable at Morini with a Mediterranean weight-reduction plan.
Can you are taking us again to the primary Miami Swim Week?
I wrote The Bikini Book for Lyra, and I used to be a mannequin for IMG. They cherished the e book, and I had simply come off the heels of being the editor of Elle Equipment, and a lot was taking place in my world. Miami needed to do one thing that may deliver new eyes to Miami. I discovered the way to create vitality and produce totally different concepts to markets. From my beginnings as a mannequin once I was 15, to now, I do know what’s nice about Miami and south Florida, it was a terrific thought for me to discover and rejoice this unbelievable metropolis.
What’s H.O.T. Our bodies?
I’m right here to rejoice sizzling our bodies! With the swimsuit presentation by Melissa Odabash, she is without doubt one of the finest swimwear designers at the moment—the Kardashians put on it, I put on it, Elle Macpherson wears it, it’s a spectacular line that has sustained a few years.
You’re on the heart of the crossover between trend and luxurious actual property, the place is the intersection for you?
There is no such thing as a intersection, its simply all beneath the identical life-style umbrella. I’ve all the time been a way of life arbiter and synthesizer, tonight we’re right here to rejoice nice meals and life-style, and attention-grabbing folks doing attention-grabbing issues, that makes you sizzling. To me.
Occasions like Miami Swim Week, with good fashions on the runway, can set off physique dysmorphia in folks.
Completely. Give it some thought, when you’re a mannequin in Miami Swim Week, you’re attempting to be as wholesome as potential. It isn’t simply wanting up at folks although, loads of ladies are strolling on the seashore, the picture and perspective of ladies is totally different. We’re seeing extra, totally different physique varieties and totally different faces on the runways, that’s tremendous thrilling.
What designer are you carrying tonight?
Retrofit. They’re a younger model that’s simple to put on, they’ve loads of shorts and funky denims. I’m 54. I nonetheless wish to look good. This costume feels good, it’s somewhat bit free. I believe there’s a brand new approach of dressing, the place so long as you be ok with your self, simply go for it.
What are your summer season necessities in your closet?
I’ve two ladies, 22 and 24, and so they inform me my closet is the most effective place to buy! They’re all the time inspiring me to put on totally different garments.
What are your 5 summer season necessities?
I believe each single lady ought to have a bikini. Each physique sort, each stroll of life, I’ve seen girls in Ibiza of their 80s in bikinis. What I really like concerning the bikini is that it’s so democratic. A bikini grew to become one thing girls needed to put on within the Jet Age, who noticed this new life-style. It was a brand new departure for us. I additionally love a compulsory excessive heel. Sq.-toe sneakers are in all places from Steve Madden to Bottega Veneta. A pair of sun shades which can be larger and bulkier like Ray Ban’s. I additionally assume tighter bodycon clothes are stylish. I additionally assume stylish headbands are key, too. And a shawl. Additionally, I really like kimonos, we’re seeing them on all of the runways—for males, and girls. We’re seeing loads of combine and match. I believe the bottom line is to put on what you like and really feel actually good about it.
What recommendation do it’s a must to trend influencers at the moment?
That you’ve a powerful narrative. For me, I’ve had a lot enjoyable creating a brand new meals narrative, which has been attention-grabbing to me. Younger individuals are touring and studying extra, and studying extra about meals, type, skincare, magnificence and make-up. It’s a story.
You’re additionally hardworking!
I’m a curious human, and being sizzling is all about wholesome choices at the moment. I did write I Can Make You Scorching! The Supermodel Weight-reduction plan, and “H.O.T.” stands for wholesome choices at the moment. Residing in Miami, this wholesome life-style is essential. I’ve two daughters and provides them aware concepts of consuming, forecasting the entire physique shaming again in 2006, I used to be the editor of Elle Equipment. After I wrote The Bikini Ebook, I wrote that it was a celebration of each lady, each dimension. As a result of earlier than that, we had solely seen an ideal lady. I really like imperfection, magnificence from all totally different walks of life, and I’m so completely happy I used to be capable of forecast that with The Bikini Ebook with Assouline.