Kelly Bensimon, one of Bravo's "Real" New York housewives, will appear in the March issue of Playboy, US Weekly reports, and it'll be her ex-husband behind the camera. Hopefully that won't make her rumored new boyfriend, dreamy Top Chef runner-up Sam Talbot, too jealous. Well, if he is, he can come to our house and cook away the pain.
Kelly, who's 41, was married to Elle magazine's former creative director, Gilles Bensimon, until 2006. Something of a fashion-world playboy (appropriate, oui?), Gilles, who was also previously married to Elle MacPherson, shot most of Elle's covers from when he imported the magazine from France in 1985 until last year. A Playboy rep says his shots of Kelly "will be featured on the cover and in a 6-page nude pictorial in the March issue."
Which we suppose is a pretty good way to snag yourself a sexy piece of man, which the newly single Sam Talbot totally is. Sam, who came in third on the second season of Bravo's (back to that in a minute) Top Chef, is separated from his wife, which we learned only this week, and a source told Page Six that he's been spending time with Kelly. He also appeared on Real Housewives last year, teaching Kelly how to cook. The Art of Seduction, Chef-Style
Two things. First, wouldn't it be perfect if a Bravo publicist dreamed this up, as some sort of insane cross-show synergy explosion? We would totally believe that if it was Sam, and not season 5's Fabio Vivani, who was getting his own show later this year. New Show On Bravo To Put A New Spin On Dating And Reconciliation
Second, if the rumors of Sam and Kelly dating are true, Sam should watch out. Kelly was arrested last year for assaulting her boyfriend. Nicholas Stefanov, who was 30 at the time, said Kelly socked him in the eye during an argument. The case was dismissed in August, but perhaps Sam, 32, should know that Kelly can get aggressive with her younger boytoys.
Via The New York Daily News. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.