Kelly Bensimon: Girls Aren’t Being ‘Groomed’ To Be Supermodels
What do you do at Fashion Week after a long career of being a model? You sit and watch models brush past you on the runway, of course! And that’s exactly what former model and current Real Housewife of New York Kelly Bensimon did Friday at the Luca Luca spring show.
Bensimon, famed for her appearances in everything from big 90s runway shows to recent covers of Playboy magazine, says modeling has changed a lot since she left the catwalk. She says nowadays, any beautiful girl can sort of become a supermodel, instead of the intensely concentrated way in which she and other women of her heyday were marketed into the position.
“You know when I was modeling, that was in the Stone Age, and that was just a totally different time. We were really groomed to be these supermodel types. And now girls are just revered for being beautiful, and I think that’s just amazing. Short or tall, long hair, short hair, big boobs, flat chested, be who you are and embrace it.”
But as much as Bensimon embraces herself, she says she couldn’t walk a runway these days. She much prefers watching shows from the comfort of the front row.
“They’re just so elegant and lithe! I would literally have to spend a month on a treadmill to look like that, so that’s the fundamental difference. But also, I just love their calmness, and it’s so nice to see the ethereal moment, you know? We’re all just sitting here sweating and waiting to see the next look, and they’re just having that one ethereal moment.”
We’re guessing that moment doesn’t include any runway falls.