Stepping in where 'Sex and the City' left off – People –

Stepping in where 'Sex and the City' left off - People - The Manhattanites are back, and they're so not desperate. On season two of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, which premieres at 11 p.m. Tuesday, couch slugs will continue to get a front-row seat into the lives of the rich and fabulous. This time around, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin will juggle their hoity-toity social calendars with a new cast member, Kelly Killoren Bensimon. We caught up with Bensimon, the divorced mother of two, who used to be the face of Clarins and is now a jewelry designer and host of Behind the Hedges on Plum TV (she was down here in December filming Art Basel). What's the show like? ``You can see how these women are navigating through New York, raising children, working, living with their husbands or boyfriends. And then you see them with the Type-A personality. [Similar to] Sex and the City -- super-independent, very assertive, interesting women.'' How does it feel having cameras in your face 24/7? ``It's like walking into a room where you know five women are checking out what you're wearing, what you're saying, where you've been, where you're going and every single thing. You're kind of on guard.'' Did you get along with all the gals? ``I'm a very easygoing person, and I'm not judgmental. However you want to swim in the sea is your problem, just as long as it doesn't affect me or my kids.'' What do your friends outside the show think? 'I have some friends that were like, `Go for it. This is awesome.' Then I have other friends that are like, 'We live in New York City. It's the town of discretion.' [But] if I live my life thinking about what are people going to be thinking, then I'm going to be that woman with 10 cats.'' So why did you agree to do it? ``To exploit your life is revolting, but to explore your life is exciting. And that's how I perceived it, and that's how I approached it.'' What does the new fame feel like? 'When I saw myself on a bus, I almost freaked out. I was like, `That's me!' I ran out of the taxi, and the taxi driver was like, 'Excuse me, lady.' I'm like, 'No, no, no, I need to do something.' I took a picture of the bus. I was dumbfounded.''