Whitney Bell is a public speaker, writer, non-profit event producer, clothing + accessories designer, artist and activist.
Bell is a regular contributor for Teen Vogue, covering a host of issues including abortion, activism, sex work and mental health. She is currently producing an 8 part activist interview series for their digital platform and has spoken at their annual Summit. Her personal essays, thought pieces and cultural critiques have appeared in Playboy, Cosmo, Elle, Ms. Magazine, & The Huffington Post.
Her newest project Stories Of: Women, is a traveling vulnerability variety show comprised of female-identified storytelling, live music, poetry and comedy. Each new edition explores an often undiscussed emotion (Jealousy, Shame, Fear, etc.). The hope being that we will find healing in our shared vulnerability.
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, Girlschool LA, We Rise and The Glamour Magazine Women of The Year Summit where she sat on a panel with Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood. She has curated and MC’d festival stages, moderated and sat on dozens of panels, hosted live interviews and told her story on stages across the country.
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 $90,000 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 create campaigns and social media movements to raise awareness and open dialogue around a host of taboo 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. In March of 2018 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.
If you’d like to hire Bell to speak, host a panel or produce a stage at your event reach out below.