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  • 'Real Housewife' Kelly Bensimon defends Playboy spread, effect on daughters

    “Real Housewives of New York” star Kelly Bensimon may often question her fellow cast members’ sexual mores, but she had no problem baring all for Playboy.

    “I showed like 80 percent. A little boobie, a little butt, ankles,” Bensimon told Popeater.com. “The pictures actually make me look thinner than I was at the time. I really ate a lot. I wanted to be my normal body shape. I wanted to look like myself. Everyone else was on a diet and I was like, ‘No! I want to be myself’ … Before that I was in a horse show, I was riding and running a lot. And being on ‘Housewives’ was really stressful for me and I just wanted to show that healthy is hot.”

    FOX411: Ramona Singer Blasts Bensimon’s Playboy Pics.

    Posing for Playboy: stress reliever! Who knew? But what about Bensimon’s two young daughters?

    Kelly Bensimon and her two daughters.

    “I think some people were wondering… I have two kids, isn’t that bad? But I think no; I want my kids to be happy and healthy and later on in their lives, be sexy and have fun. I don’t want them to think that having an eating disorder is cool, because it’s not!”

    How baring (almost) all in Playboy teaches tweens that anorexia and bulima are bad things, we’re not sure, but at least Bensimon was able to prove to the other “Housewives” that she’s immune to their taunts.

    “I think the ladies were shocked by it,” she says. “I think they thought, ‘We tried to take you down and now you are doing Playboy, what?! And now I have Playboy so they are like, ‘Wait a minute. This is not working!’”

    And Bensimon is clear on one thing, “If they’re not talking about you, you are not relevant.”

    Mission accomplished.

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