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. 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.
Offered a full PhD scholarship, in 2000 Bella 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.
spending time in Canada working as an 'extra ' and body double for film and
scripting a novel, Bella returned to Australia to write a weekly sex and
relationship column for the newspaper mX - published in Sydney, Melbourne
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 stations, such as Triple M.
She blogs for The Huffington Post and has
published short stories and poetry. Her book about female sexuality, 'Sex
drive: in pursuit of female desire,' was published with critical success in
2012 (Allen & Unwin).
In 2014 Bella spoke at the Sydney Opera House,
keynoted the Australian Institute of Sexual Health Medicine conference and
is looking forward to doing a TED talk.
Bella provides individual and couple
consultations. She is married to a real life superhero and has two young
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Bella enjoys discussing love, gender,
dating, sexual desire and health,
sex drugs, technology, and how to live sensually.