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I’m Sarah. I’m a multimedia journalist originally from Nashville and now living in Brooklyn. I moved to New York in 2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in journalism at NYU, and since then, I’ve been reporting and writing on gender, sexuality, health, and culture. My subjects range from abortion access to feminist themes in popular television, and I’m especially interested in elevating the voices of women and non-binary folks who have something to say.

I currently work as the Updates Editor for Bustle Digital Group, where I write and edit lifestyle content across five brands: Bustle, Elite Daily, NYLON, Romper, and The Zoe Report. My freelance work can be found in places like Rewire News Group, HealthCentral, Supermajority News, Greatist, Women’s Media Center, and more. I’m interested in anything and everything affecting young people, sexual health, and the intersection of feminism and pop culture.

Got a tip to share or a story I should cover? My DMs are always open (@sarahaellis_) or I can be reached at sarahabbottellis [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d love to hear from you!

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19 Hours With StripTok’s Kayla Ann

Bustle - April 2022

Kayla Ann decided at 15 years old that she wanted to be a stripper. “I was always the flirty girl in high school, and I liked big heels and it just made sense,” she recalls. She started pole-dancing classes at 16, then got her dancing license in California the day after her 18th birthday. “I just loved it,” she says now, years later. “I couldn’t go back to a normal 9-to-5 after that.”

Does ‘The Ultimatum’ Love Traditional Marriage Or Hate It?

Bustle - April 2022

The Ultimatum’s focus on monogamy — while using polyamory to create drama and move the plot forward — strikes an ironic chord similar to that of The Bachelor franchise. Both shows put traditional marriage on a pedestal and recruit contestants who ascribe to that ideal, then ask them to practice non-monogamy in service of ultimately finding “the one.”

Deepti Vempati Knows Her Worth — And Wants You To Believe In Yours

Elite Daily - March 2022

f there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on right now, it’s that Deepti Vempati is reality TV’s current it girl. Over 10 episodes on Love Is Blind, millions watched as Vempati got engaged to Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee, then persevered through an increasingly rocky relationship as Chatterjee made critical comments about her appearance behind her back.

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