Inside Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s Hot Dinner at Miami Swim Week

We might know style icon Kelly Killeren Bensimon as the former supermodel who graced the pages deer And the worldwide, or for its role in Real Housewives of New York City. Most recently, she became a luxury real estate agent with Douglas Elliman on Discovery + TV, Hamptons sale.

Last night, I hosted a dinner at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Miami hot bodies. The event featured models wearing the latest swimwear by celebrity swimmer Melissa Odabash, dressed by Rihanna and Kate Moss, while DJ Christian Caro played tribal rhythms with a trumpet played by Vincent Ravard from the French Horn collection. Then, a group of synchronized swimmers called Aquaillies (who prefer Dita Von Teese), litter around the rooftop pool in front of a crowd of cuddlers, while guests check out a bracelet booth from Little Words Project.

The scene – which featured the 2022 Bensimon HOT Bodies menu – was delivered downstairs to Osteria Morini where Executive Chef Bill Dorrler showcased a new summer Mediterranean menu inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

According to Bensimon, HOT Bodies (which stands for Healthy Choices Today), is their mantra for healthy eating and making smart choices with your daily habits. It’s almost an extension of her 2012 book, I can make you hot! fashion model diet, Which contains 60 healthy food recipes, and nutritional tips. Before dinner, Bensimon spoke about the early days of Miami Swimming Week and being a blogger in 2006.

Forbes: Tell me, how did HOT Bodies come about?

Kelly Bensimon: We’ve partnered with the Altamarea Group, which has locations all over the world, so I can get you hot. Not only can I make you sexy, but I wrote the bikini book that started Miami Swim Week with Lycra and IMG. I am so happy to be back in Miami to celebrate swimming week with food, family and lots of fun at Morini with a Mediterranean diet.

Can you take us back to our first week of swimming in Miami?

I wrote bikini book Lyra, and I was a model for IMG. They loved the book, and I had just come out on the heels of my work as editor for el accessories, A lot was happening in my world. Miami wanted to do something that would bring new eyes to Miami. You have learned how to create energy and bring different ideas to market. From my beginnings as a model when I was 15, until now, knowing what’s great about Miami and South Florida, it was a great idea for me to explore and celebrate this amazing city.

What is the hot bodies?

I’m here to celebrate hot bodies! With Melissa Odabash’s swimwear show she’s become one of today’s top swimwear designers – Kardashian wears it, I wear it, Elle Macpherson wears it, it’s an amazing line that has lasted for many years.

You are at the intersection of fashion and luxury real estate, so where is the intersection for you?

There is no intersection, all under the same lifestyle umbrella. You’ve always been a tight-knit and lifestyle complex, tonight we’re here to celebrate great food, lifestyle, and interesting people doing fun things that make you exciting. to me.

Events like Miami Swim Week, with perfect models on the runway, can trigger people’s body dysmorphia.

completely. Think about it, if you’re a model at Miami Swim Week, you’re trying to be as healthy as possible. It’s not just about looking at people, a lot of girls are walking on the beach, and the image and perspective of women varies. We’re seeing more and more different types of bodies and different faces on the runways, which is very exciting.

What designer are you wearing tonight?

retrofit. It’s a young, easy-to-wear brand that has a lot of great shorts and jeans. I’m 54. I still want to look good. This dress feels great, it’s a little loose. I think there is a new way to dress, as long as you feel good about yourself, just choose it.

What are summer essentials for your closet?

I have two girls, 22 and 24, and they tell me my wardrobe is the best place to shop! They always inspire me to wear different clothes.

What are your five summer essentials?

I think every woman should have a bikini. Every body type, every walk in life, I saw women in Ibiza in their 80s wearing bikinis. What I love about the bikini is that it’s very democratic. The bikini became something that women wanted to wear in the age of airplanes, who saw this new lifestyle. It was a new start for us. I also love the obligatory high heels. Square heels are everywhere from Steve Madden to Bottega Veneta. A pair of sunglasses are bigger and bigger like Ray Ban’s. I also think tight dresses are chic. I also think stylish headbands are key too. and a scarf. Also, I love kimonos, we see it on all the runways – for men and women. We’re seeing a lot of mix and match. I think the key is to wear what you love and feel good about.

What is your advice for today’s fashion influencers?

That you have a strong story. For me, I had a lot of fun creating a new food combo, which was fun for me. Young people travel and read more, and learn more about food, style, skincare, beauty and makeup. It’s a story.

You also work hard!

I’m a curious human being, and being hot is all about healthy choices today. I have written I can make you hot! supermodel diet, and “HOT” stands for Healthy Choices Today. Living in Miami, this healthy lifestyle is very important. I have two daughters and gave them conscious thoughts about eating, predicting whole body shaming back in 2006, I was an editor for Elle accessories. when i wrote bikini bookIt’s a celebration for every woman, of every size, she wrote. Because before that, we’d only seen a perfect woman. I love imperfection and beauty from all different walks of life, and I’m so glad I was able to anticipate that bikini book with Assouline.

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