By People Staff
Updated July 24, 2008 12:00 AM
Credit: Jay Sullivan/Bravo; Inset:WORKUM/BauerGriffin

The Real Housewives of New York City is getting a new face in the neighborhood.

Kelly Bensimon, a designer, model, author and fashion editor, will join the cast of the popular reality show, Bravo announced. Of course, all of season 1 favorites … Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer … will be returning for the second season.

“I am flattered by the opportunity to be on The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bensimon said in a statement. “I feel it’s a great way to showcase my personal and professional life.”

Bensimon has two daughters, and is a columnist for Hamptons magazine. She is also editor at large for Gotham and L.A. Confidential magazines and has published three books about fashion. She also sells a jewelry line that is sold in Manhattan boutiques.

According to Bravo, production has already begun on season 2, though an air date has not yet been announced. –Brian OrloffJay Sullivan/Bravo; Inset:WORKUM/BauerGriffin