Gilles Bensimon

Gilles Bensimon

French fashion photographer, former creative director of 'Elle' magazine.
Country: France

  1. Biography of Gilles Bensimon
  2. Introduction
  3. Early Life and Career
  4. Celebrity Photography
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Gilles Bensimon


Gilles Bensimon is a French fashion photographer and former creative director of 'Elle' magazine. Although models and fashion designers are typically the most visible figures in the fashion industry, photographers like Bensimon play an equally important role.

Gilles Bensimon

Early Life and Career

Gilles Bensimon was born in Paris, France. He joined the French 'Elle' magazine in 1967 and quickly became a prominent figure in the industry. In just two years, Bensimon played a crucial role in the creation of the American edition of 'Elle'.

During his time at 'Elle', Bensimon worked as the lead photographer and the head of the international creative team. His work reached an audience of 20 million readers worldwide, making him a highly influential figure in the fashion world.

Celebrity Photography

Bensimon is best known for his celebrity photography, having captured iconic shots of supermodels and famous personalities. Throughout his career, he has photographed renowned figures such as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Keira Knightley, Rachel Williams, Honor Fraser, Yasmin Le Bon, Beverly Peele, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, and Uma Thurman.

He has also worked with prominent companies and agencies such as 'Kohl's', 'Saks Fifth Avenue', 'Maybelline', and 'Clarins'.

Personal Life

Bensimon's first marriage was with Pascha, whom he met while working at the French 'Elle'. Although their marriage was short-lived, they had a child together.

In 1985, Bensimon met his second wife, Australian model Elle Macpherson. However, their relationship ended in divorce in 1989.

With his third wife, Kelly Killoren, Bensimon has two daughters named Sea Louise Bensimon and Thaddeus Ann 'Teddy' Bensimon. The couple divorced in July 2007, and two years later, Killoren became a star of the television show 'The Real Housewives of New York City'.

As of now, Bensimon has not remarried. However, there have been rumors linking him to various women in the fashion industry. It is speculated that he is currently in a relationship with prominent art historian Diana Widmaier-Picasso, who is the granddaughter of Pablo Picasso.