Lena  Chen

Lena Chen


Lena Chen is a writer, activist, and artist. Lena has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, VICE, Marie Claire, Glamour, MTV, and The Washington Post. A Progressive Women’s Voices fellow at the Women’s Media Center, she has spoken at SXSW, Yale, Brown, Stanford, and Oxford. Her work has been supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Senate for Culture and Europe Berlin, and Puffin Foundation. As a sex blogger, Lena was one of the earliest documented cases of cyberstalking, revenge porn, Google-bombing, and doxxing. In the aftermath of post-traumatic stress, she created an alternate identity as the nude model "Elle Peril", a five-year performance art project allowing her to reclaim agency over her body and personal narrative. Based in Berlin, Lena curates participatory art projects to promote civic engagement and empowerment for those overlooked by traditional media and politics. She graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in sociology.