Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s feminist website, Lenny Letter, has officially closed its doors. On Friday, subscribers to the website were notified that the site, which began as a newsletter in 2015, will close today.
On Thursday, Digiday and New York Post reported that the site was shutting down. Employees and other contributors were told of the website’s fate just a few days before.
In the final email to subscribers on Friday, Jenni and Lena explained that they wanted to create the site as an “older cooler sister,” someone who has experience and could inform upcoming generations of women and feminists.
Lenny Letter first began shortly after Lena started working on her HBO series, Girls, which received critical acclaim. The production revolved around a few different topics, including politics, fashion, and entertainment, through a “feminist lens.”
The site featured popular essays including one from Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Keys, and Michelle Obama. Additionally, the site featured interviews with Janet Mock and Hillary Clinton.
To finance the content, Lenny Letter was paid for by advertising through Hearst, Condé Nast, and they had a book imprint with Random House. At one point, they had 500,000 subscribers. The business hasn’t been without its controversy, however.
Last year, Zinzi Clemmons accused Lena Dunham of “hipster racism,” and the site slowly began dwindling. Although, it hasn’t been confirmed if the Zinzi Clemmons scandal affected its viewership.
In other news, Lena Dunham just had her left ovary removed in the midst of her battle with the disease, endometriosis. The star discussed her struggle on Instagram, featuring a picture of her laying in a hospital bed, with medical tape fastened to her stomach.