Bella Ellwood-Clayton was born in Melbourne, Australia; daughter of avant garde composer and playwright Syd Clayton. At a young age, Bella moved to Vancouver, Canada. During high school Bella modeled at Carol Jackson Modeling Agency, taking part in fashion shows, television commercials, and magazine photoshoots.
Bella relocated to Montreal where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 from Concordia University
, majoring in anthropology. Her honours thesis examined beauty cross-culturally. She received first class honours and was the recipient of the Mark Doughty Scholarship
Soon after, with a crew from National Geographic
, Bella took to the jungle to explore tattoo and social change in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. This documentary continues to air from a wide range of international locations.
In 2000 Bella was offered a full PhD scholarship. She conducted an ethnography in the central Philippines about young women 's sexual and reproductive health. As the Philippines is the texting capital of the world, her research followed suit. Bella became regarded as an international mobile phone expert, speaking about love and technology at conferences in Asia, Europe, America and Australia, teaching undergraduate classes about mobile telephony in Korea, and publishing her work in a number of prestigious academic anthologies.
Throughout her postgraduate degree Bella was the recipient of numerous grants, scholarships and traveling bursaries. In 2004 she completed her thesis from The Key Centre for Women 's Health in Society, WHO Collaborating Centre, The University of Melbourne
After spending time in Canada working as an 'extra ' and body double for film, and scripting a novel, Bella returned to Australia to write a sex and relationship column for the newspaper mX
- published in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She accepted the role of Sextxt
ambassador, a service that provides sexual health information to Australian youth.
Bella regularly contributes to magazines such as Women 's Health
and appears on radio, television and gives public talks. You 'll find her discussing relationships on channel 7 's Sunrise
or channel 10 's The Project
, penning articles for Sunday Life magazine, which appears in the Melbourne Age
and Sydney Sun-Herald
or offering advice about love and sex on popular radio station, Triple M
. She recently started blogging for The Huffington Post
Her book about female sexuality, 'Sex drive: in pursuit of female desire
' was published with critical success last year in Australia (Allen & Unwin
) - and will hit the American market on June 1st. Bella also provides individual and couple consultations. She is married to a real life superhero and has two young children.
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Bella enjoys discussing love, gender, dating, sexual desire and health,
sex drugs, technology, and how to live sensually.