‘Housewife’ Snags Playboy Cover–and a ‘Top Chef’

by | February 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM | TV News

Kelly on Playboy (Playboy/E!)

Kelly on Playboy (Playboy/E!)

Another ‘Real Housewives’ star is showing off her birthday suit – and a brand new man – as reality worlds collide now that two Bravo stars are cooking up a sizzling new romance.

Real Housewives of New York City‘ star Kelly Bensimon is baring it all for the March edition of Playboy.

Initially reluctant to take it all off, Bensimon tells People magazine that when Playboy asked her to pose, she was “incredibly flattered. But it was a big deal for me to actually take off my clothes for the rest of the world … I’ve never posed naked before.”

She eventually caved in, telling Playboy, “I didn’t want to exploit my body — I wanted to celebrate all the years of working out and this healthful lifestyle that I lead.”

The reality star’s ex-husband Gilles Bensimon was the shoot’s photographer.

Bensimon became a model at age 15 in New York and has since done shoots for ELLE and Cosmopolitan.

The Bravo beauty isn’t doing too badly in the romance department either. She’s now linked to chef Sam Talbot, the semi-finalist on Season 2 of ‘Top Chef‘. The couple was spotted getting cozy at several parties throughout New York, including the event celebrating her Playboy spread, according to the New York Post.