Whitney Bell is a public speaker, acclaimed writer, non-profit event producer, clothing + accessories designer, and social justice advocate.
Bell is a regular contributor for Teen Vogue, covering issues including abortion, activism, and mental health, and she is currently producing an 8 part activist interview series for their digital platform. Her personal essays, thought pieces, and cultural critiques have appeared in Playboy, Cosmo, Elle, Ms. Magazine, & The Huffington Post.
Her newest project The Stories Of Women, is a traveling female-identified storytelling, live music, and comedy series, that explores our often undiscussed emotions (Jealousy, Shame, Fear, etc.). The hope being that we will find healing in our shared vulnerability. The next show is this Fall in NYC.
In 2016 Bell launched the first edition of her viral traveling 2-day feminist festival I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics, which is as much a condemnation of harassment as it is a celebration of consent and sex positivity. This arts, music and sex education festival has had over 9,000 attendees in 3 cities, and has been covered by outlets as disparate as Playboy to Ms. Magazine, and Vice to The BBC.
However public speaking is her true passion; her appearances have included SXSW, Cycles + Sex, and The Glamour Magazine Women of The Year Summit where she sat on a panel with Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood.
In the fall of 2016, Bell launched Kidd Bell, an online clothing and accessories store that partners notable people with non-profits. Kidd Bell has partnered with over 70 independent artists to run campaigns for dozens of intersectional charities, and has raised over $75,000 to date.
Bell has produced a number of other events to benefit local non-profits. Shortly after the 2016 Presidential election, she created Catharsis Carnival, an intersectional comedy + charity carnival which raised $10K for 6 diverse 501c organizations.
Beyond her day to day works Bell strives to use her online platform to creates campaigns and social media movements to raise awareness and open dialogue around a host of topics. In 2017 she live-streamed her IUD insertion to challenge the defunding of Planned Parenthood which went viral and was reported on by Refinery 29, Allure, Glamour, Elle and Le Huffpost. This past March she launched a Consent Condom Campaign to benefit amFAR AIDS Research and encourage more honest and frank discussions around sex, consent, and stigma. Read more about it in OUT MAGAZINE