'Real Housewives of New York City' star Kelly Bensimon isn't shy about her great body and has no regrets posing naked for Playboy last March. In fact, the 43-year-old author and jewelry designer thinks an upside of baring all some in the lad mag was that she showed people, including her daughters, that you don't have to be stick-thin to be happy and healthy.

"I showed like 80 percent. A little boobie, a little butt, ankles," she tells me on my HDNet show. "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."