Kelly Bensimon is the latest Real Housewives
star to pose nude before the cameras, according to Us Weekly
, which confirmed the news after months of speculations. But while her Real Housewives of New York City
co-star Bethenny Frankel got naked first for a PETA billboard unveiled in NYC's Times Square last December, Bensimon is the first to be featured in a men's magazine.
The 42-year-old starlet, who was photographed for her Playboy
shoot by her ex-husband and famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, is a former model, equestrian, magazine editor and mother of two children.
"[Bensimon] will be featured on the cover and in a six-page nude pictorial in the March issue," Kelly Bensimon's representative told Us Weekly
Bensimon, who joined The Real Housewives of New York City
during its second season, became the subject of controversy when she was arrested and charged with
assaulting her boyfriend Nicholas Stefanov last March. She also faced a lawsuit initiated by designer Celeste Greenberg, founder of jewelry line Tuleste Market, for copyright infringement and breach of contract of the owl design that Bensimon displayed and promoted on The Real Housewives of New York City
, though the case has been dropped as of May last year. The Real Housewives of New York City
's third season will premiere on Thursday, March 4 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo.
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