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Marla Renee Stewart, MA (she/her) is an award-winning certified sexologist, sexual strategist, intimacy/relationship/sex coach, educator, speaker, and author. She is the owner of Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company that focuses on people to help them integrate seduction, develop their communication abilities, and enhancing their sex skills. As a faculty member at Clayton State University, she teaches Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As the Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference, Marla aims to bring diverse groups together to learn and share their experiences in the essence of being authentic and fostering sexual liberation across communities.


She currently runs two programs; the MEE program for people who want to have better relationships with themselves and with their lovers and the Sexcessful Business Coaching program to help business owners in erotic industries move their businesses past six figures.


Marla has studied human sexuality for over 22 years, has educated thousands of people in over 15 years, given over 1000 workshops, and have served hundreds of clients in her private practice, all around the world. She has had her influence in the media, as well; she has written over 200 articles, featured in over 100 magazines and books, and has been on over 80 podcasts and independent television shows. She was featured on Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, VH1's Love & HipHop Atlanta, and has filmed as a sex expert for many more reality shows. In addition, she also sits on the Board for American Association of Somatic Sexology.


Her educational background is also robust. She received her BA in Psychology and minored in Human Sexuality/LGBT Studies from San Francisco State University. She gained her Masters Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality, while studying for Women’s & Gender Studies certification at Georgia State University. She is currently in pursuit of her PhD in Clinical Sexology from the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. 


She co-wrote her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay (2020) with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly and wrote a chapter and co-edited An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy, released December 2021. She is now working on a book, Black Feminine Dominance (working title) that hopes to be released in 2024.



Marla Renee Stewart, MA (she/her) is an award-winning sexologist, author, and sexual strategist who runs her own sexuality education company, Velvet Lips, and is also a Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference. She has studied human sexuality for more than 20 years and has given over 1000 workshops all over the world. She also has been featured on a variety of media outlets, including Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike and Love & HipHop Atlanta. She co-wrote her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, which debuted in April 2020.




Marla, a Californian native and a Southern transplant, is a woman with passion, charisma and integrity. Motivated by passion, her mission in life is to educate and inspire others in a variety of ways. First and foremost, she is truly dedicated to getting people in touch with their body, mind and spirit. She believes in harnessing love and accepting people for who they are and where they are at in their lives. Her non-judgmental spirit speaks to people from all different backgrounds and she has the ability to get along with just about anyone. She is a maven in most everything that she pursues and she strives for perfection in everything she does. Mediocre is not in her vocabulary. She has a wonderful and supportive family, as well as amazing and compassionate friends. When she has some free time, she likes to watch movies, have provocative conversations with her friends and play basketball. She also loves to dance and convince her house guests to play strategy games with her.



Black | Queer | Cisgender | Femme | Woman | Married | Non-monogamous (Monogamish) | Upper-Middle Class | Parent | Athlete | Kinky | Pleasure Activist | Sexual Strategist | Taurus - Sun | Scorpio - Rising | Gemini - Moon | Non-Disabled/Able-Bodied | Hippie | Professional Top | Private Bottom | Extrovert | Flirt | PowerPoint Whore | Picky Slut | Academic | Feminist | Black Feminist | Womanist | Spiritual | Orgasmic Hedonist


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