Why this Real Housewife looks up to Lena Dunham and Kylie Jenner


Trash millennials if you must, but don’t do it in front of Kelly Killoren Bensimon.

The 49-year-old socialite, who starred on seasons two through four of “Real Housewives of New York,” adores the younger set. In fact, she tells The Post, 20-somethings were the central source of inspiration for her new novel, “The Second Course” (Gallery Books, out now).

In the book, four midlife friends who’ve lost their mojo head to Brooklyn to hang with the Instagram generation. Groove regained!

“I think millennials get a really bad rap,” the former model says. “[Older] people think they’re young and uneducated, and can’t speak to things that are important.”

‘I think millennials get a really bad rap. [Older] people think they’re young and uneducated.’

Bensimon says her real-life encounters have proven otherwise. “Every single assistant I’ve worked with has been in their 20s and went on to great jobs,” she says. “I’ve learned so much from them!”

For book research, Bensimon, who publishes under her birth name, Killoren, shadowed an “amazing” Brooklyn bar owner named Cadi Storm of Williamsburg’s the Twenty.

“She’s this beautiful young girl in her 20s who has her own bar and is bartending at others,” Bensimon says. “That’s what I love about millennials. They’re not waiting for an opportunity — they’re really going for it. They have this incredible passion that ignites them and a huge life ahead of them, which inspires them to be unconventional. And they’re not afraid.”

Well, unless they lose their phones.

“Their LIFE is on there,” says the Manhattan mother of two daughters, 17 and 19. “Every single thing they do is on their phone. If a milliennial loses [her] phone, it’s a death sentence.”

Otherwise, Bensimon is living for today’s new wave of “it” girls. Here are four, along with one it guy, she admires for their unapologetic confidence and ability to make bank in ways their elders never dreamed.

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Kylie Jenner, 20, beauty mogul

“She’s a massive beauty machine. She was the ugly duckling of the Kardashian family and is now [its] biggest money generator. She sells her lip kits and products on Instagram, and that’s a huge area for new revenue. Her new show on E! is like the No. 1 show in her demographic.”

Whitney Wolfe, 27, dating app founder

“She’s a rock star. She was born in 1990, [helped found] Tinder and now has Bumble, one of the biggest dating sites of all time. On Bumble, women have control — they say hi first. I actually went on it when I was researching ‘The Second Course.’ Not gonna lie: It’s a little scary.”

Lena Dunham, 31, ‘Girls; creator

“Some people love the way she writes, but I like her shape. Shapes that were considered unconventional are now in style. I like the way she dresses, I like her haircut. She’s an unconventional beauty, like my character in the book.”

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Gigi Hadid, 22, model

“She’s not your typical supermodel. Whether she’s wearing pajamas with heels or walking in Tommy Hilfiger’s runway show or [horse] riding in the Hamptons next to me, she’s dynamic and has a lot of confidence.”

Tyler Henry, 21, clairvoyant medium

“He’s 21, and he’s literally taking Hollywood by storm with his show, ‘Hollywood Medium.’ It’s not produced — it’s not four housewives in a room screaming at each other with hair extensions all over the place. It’s about who he’s connecting with. Remember, he forecast the death of Alan Thicke. He’s shown how talented he really is, over and over again.”



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