How Kelly Bensimon Got Her Playboy Body: “Beer and Chicken Wings”

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Kelly Bensimon didn't want to look like a "stick figure" on the cover of Playboy.

So how did she prepare?

"I literally drank beer — Corona — and ate chicken wings for two weeks!" the Real Housewives of NY star, 41, told at a dinner to celebrate her nude pictorial at Butter in New York City Tuesday night.

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"We shot Playboy in the beginning of September and the month of August is the Hamptons Classic. I ride two horses a day and I run 30 to 45 minutes a day, so usually by the end of August I'm really, really thin," added Bensimon, who was photographed by her ex husband Gilles Bensimon. "I wanted to show my real body, not some worked out, over-toned body."

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She was pleased with the final result.

"I'm pretty full in those pictures, but I like it. That's really me. That's what I look like. It's real," said Bensimon. "I want people to enjoy their life, not be starving and going to get a colonic because they think they need to be skinnier. "

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What inspired Bensimon to strip for the mag?

"I did it because, listen, I'm 41 years old," she said. "I wanted to show the rest of the world that yes, you can have it all. You can have two kids, you can be 41 and you can still be fit and lead a healthy great life. I mean, why not?"

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