TEAM

We’re just a bunch of Middle Eastern teenagers trying to start conversations and maybe take over the world. We’re weird and fun and we take no shit, we’re also almost strictly feminist. Our collective mission is to make this platform a safe space for anyone and everyone – as we’re all used to saying: “we’re all human”, differences should not matter. You can get to know us individually below! Respect and love to y’all.

Founder + Editor-in-Chief

Fadila

Hi, I’m Fadila, your young version of Miranda Priestly if she was studying Anthropology and half in love with Sylvia Plath. I’d rather call myself the “scandalous bitch-in-chief”, because tbh, that’s what I am. I’ve taken in more kids than I care to count, I’m 19 now but I founded Teenntimes since a little before my 17th birthday, I’ve run this platform singlehandedly for two years before I caved in and let Rawan and Hanya take some of the work load off. I’m as feminist as they come and a wannabe activist to boot. I started Teenntimes because I needed a safe haven to be myself and it makes me so happy and proud that it has become a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of teens too.

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Managing Editor

Rawan Khalil

I am Rawan – a 17 year old girl who’s 90% extrovert and 100% loud with way too much going on in her brain, and way too little time to do it all. I am always laughing and would like to believe my laugh is contagious but well, who am I to judge? I am a workaholic nerd that listens to 90s rock music and reads philosophy meanwhile juggling my love for chemistry and watching as many series as I possibly can. I am a low-key coffee addict. I love love love writing and talking but did I mention I hate talking about myself??

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Mentor

Hanya Kotb

This is Hanya, an air sign and I take pride in that (guess my zodiac lol). I’m doing IGCSE at Maadi Narmer School and I love the community- for the most part. I’ve always been into doing more when it comes to anything and I more often than not attach my entire being into breaking whatever case I have at hand but absolutely can and will drop it like its nothing if I wish to. I never like to settle, not even as a child; I grew up with my mom calling me problematic and loud then my friends calling me bold and outspoken. I live my life by trial and error and I don’t ever go for what you would call the “safe option”. I’m adamant on reaching the highest levels possible, even if it may cost me my mentality most times. Maybe the people around me too other times. I’ve been called “too much” one too many times so it made sense to come here; been on teenntimes, as a writer, since September of 2018; was the youngest then. Everything around me has changed, however, I’m still (one of) the youngest now too. I’m a workaholic drenched in desire, tea, music, art, playwrights, and overall mind-fucks.

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Poetess

Hanna Haitham

I’m Hanna, I’m 17 and I’ve been writing at teentimes for nearly three years now. The reason why I write in teentimes is because it’s such an amazing platform where all controversial topics are conversed freely. Fadila started this magazine with a vision; one where we can help and inform teenagers about many different things, and I’m so proud that I am part of something like this. I write poems because I like to be able to connect with people through their pain, I feel that when people read something similar to what they are going through, it helps them feel that they aren’t alone. My poems address sensitive topics, but with an artistic sense so it can reach people easier.

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Senior Writers

Farida El Shafie

Here’s the deal, I’m an amateur MUA and writer-in-the-making with dreams I could roll for miles in front of me (so, let’s just hope I don’t trip and fall flat on my face). I love everything from reading about gender politics to exploring cities on my feet. I’m in my 2nd year of uni, studying Comparative Literature at King’s College London (because what else would I be studying?) I’m wholly addicted to coffee, worrying, but at least you know I’ll always find a way to make the perfect coffee date happen. Writing has always been a way to phrase my unstructured – some would say messy – thought process. I’m a perfectionist which means a lot of mental breakdowns but that’s why I think my writing has so much to say. When I write it isn’t from a place of fear, it’s a safe space, a place I hope I can share with everyone one day… one step a time.

P.S I’m a feminist… do with that what you will 🙂

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Malak Atwa

hi, I’m Malak. 3 things that you have to know about me would be 1) The people I love are the most important thing in my life hands down. 2) I don’t like being lied to, but who does really? 3) My life motto is everything happens for a reason, because it really does. Small or big everything has a reason, it’s called the butterfly effect. I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid and i fell in love with it. I tend to feel overwhelmed and anxious a lot and writing helps with that. It gets my thoughts straight and calms me down. It’s hard to find someone you can trust completely and even if you do they might not understand what you have to say, but paper will forever be your bestfriend. Oh and also I’ve probably watched every single show under the sun and I have an unhealthy obsession with serial killers and true crime documentaries but I promise you I’m not a psychopath. Okay maybe a little bit, but who isn’t? right?

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Malak Hatem

Haaii! I’m Malak. Teta Malak, if you will. My friends all call me teta and honestly I don’t mind it. I love how people talked, dressed and acted back then, which brings us to one of my not-so-secret obsessions: black and white movies. To me, old movies are like chocolate. They heal all. I am also obsessed with Harry Potter, there’s not a soul who knows me that doesn’t know I am a Hufflepuff. So that’s old movies, Harry Potter and yeah, writing. The three things that no matter what is going on in my life at any given time or how overwhelmed I feel are always a priority.

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Ali Sakr

So, hi. I’m Ali. I’d normally attempt to make this as accurate a description of my personality as possible, but, right now, I’m quite sure said “personality” is going to be changing pretty much every other week. This is why what I’ll try to do instead is introduce some constants about myself – things that don’t change everytime my personality decides to have a mood swing, so here goes.

I’m the kind of person who enjoys math and physics. I like classical music (but also most modern music) and I really love watching dumb productivity videos on youtube which I only end up using, at most, 20% of, but it makes me feel nice so I don’t care. Writing is also cool.

That’s not really all I had to say since I am a human and attempting to reduce an entire personality to a few sentences is quite challenging, but oh well. We’re good for now :3

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Zeina El Mofty

If someone tells me to describe myself in one word I’d go speechless. Usually I’d say I’m weird but that’s not elaborate enough. I imagine myself as a page absolutely full of overlapped writings to the extent that you can’t read shit. I’d describe myself as both blue and pink. I’m both a perfectionist and a procrastinator. A dynamic combo of everything. I’m into sports but I’m also into reading and writing and mathematics and dancing and possibly anything you can name. I walk with a diary and small notepads to write a tip on a piece of paper for strangers to find. I’m a mess but I’m also a person with a purpose I cannot yet name. Last but not least, I write and that’s also one of the most radiant sides of me. One thing I find in common between everything I do is that I do it for people. So, tell me to describe myself in one word and I’ll say I can only do so in two. I’m a people person.

Renad Ghareib

hello, I’m Renad! I guess you can say I’m your average 17 year old, I care about my family & friends, I’m struggling with choosing a major and I’m filling up my free time with extra-curricular activities. I’m really into photography and graphic design, I can never stick to an ‘aesthetic’ and I tend to watch cartoons or old movies at the most random times. Expressing myself has been something I’ve struggled with for a long time and i came to the conclusion that writing is something I truly enjoy which was the realization i needed to get me to join the teenntimes team. 

I think of myself as an indecisive and confused teenager and to some extent, I think we all are just that. However, no matter how many times I’ve drifted along the way or got caught up in something else, I always come back to writing, which is why being a part of this amazing team will always be something I’ll cherish and hold on to. 

Mariam Abdelrazek

I’m Mariam Abdelrazek and if being an artist, writer, student and martial arts player who runs on a non-existant sleep schedule and whatever else your average 16 year old does, then I’m definitely your average 16 year old. I’ve been a writer at teenntimes for almost 11 months now. I voice my thoughts through articles because I’m too shy to voice them through speech.

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Jumana

Hey! I’m Jumana; I’m only 17 but I’m basically always stressing. I tend to always put a lot of stuff on my plate then complain about it later but I never do something I’m not passionate about. I absolutely love debating and I almost always have very strong, usually controversial, opinions and I’m a bit too blunt about them, oops? I want to study criminology and political science in university and maybe one day work for the government as a spy or something ( I know, I know, it’s very far fetched). I’m a hiker and a yogi, and as busy as I get, I make sure to always have time for those, and reading of course. Im- I feel like that’s enough rambling, but I’m a huge talker, so if you ever wanna talk, hit me up 🙂

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Zaynab Zaher

Hey! My name’s Zaynab. My friends describe me as nice and bubbly. Of course, I’d rather be known as a fire-breathing feminist; equity ya gama3a, it’s for both men and women, simple walahy. I’m both a hopeless romantic and a realist -to a fault- which sucks. My hobbies include reading, watching tv, and fangirling over fictional characters. I’ve moved around four times in my life, and I’ve been to 4 schools. I like writing about important topics because they need to be talked about and acknowledged. Alright, bye!

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Jana El Hini

I’m a Palestinian-Egyptian girl that loves art, music, poetry and books (all kinds of them but fiction will always have a special place in my heart)! Writing is pretty much the only hobby that ever stuck with me. I live for good music, my playlist is a mix of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and everything rock. I’m very art oriented, which is the only factor that I look for when thinking of future careers. I love watching movies and tv shows, especially ones that aren’t that well known, makes me feel like they’re my little secret!

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Junior Writers

Hagar Ezzo

Hello everyone, my name is Hagar Ibrahim and I’m currently 16 years old. My interests would have to be poetry, makeup, and singing. My music taste ranges anywhere from travis scott to tamer hosny. My ideal job would probably be a successful businesswoman. My DREAM job would be a successful painter, living in Italy by the water. Two very different things, two very different circumstances. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” And that is something I will stand by till I die. The world needs both to balance. It’s no secret that the world has seen the authors, poets, and artists as the underdogs, and by writing for teentimes, I like to think that we defy these stereotypes. This page is more than a few articles, it’s interviews and rants and speaking from the heart, it’s art.

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Judy Khalil

Hey guys, it’s Judy!! Uhmmm, I’m a 17 year old feminist who is always open for any arguments and debates. Speaking of which, I lovee taking part in MUN’s!! I squander most of my time putting my thoughts into words in my notes along with listening to music by underrated artists (they’re usually the coolest). Dancing Dancing Dancing!!!! It’s literally my thing, only when no one is watching tho lol. I’m also a fan of photography, horseback riding, and anything (literally anything) that involves sandy beaches and sushi.

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Marwan Hegazi

Okay, let’s make this quick. My name is Marwan, a 17 year old senior who is trying to juggle academics, training, writing and a I don’t even remember what else at this point. I’m a competitive rower, and please beware of the competitive part. I’m probably the most reckless guy you’ll ever meet, and believe me I’m not exaggerating. I just do it and deal with consequences later, which isn’t very smart to be honest. I’m not a traveller, but I love being at places I’ve never been before; so I’ve got this thing where I’m visiting every city in Egypt, still got 9 to go. I love having long conversations and arguments, the type where we’re just talking about what we believe in and building new opinions and views, not the ones where someone has to be wrong. I think that’s pretty much what someone would write in a bio!

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Latifa Amr

Heyyyy, I’m Latifa and if you can’t tell I’m 70% caffeine, 30% dumbass. Yes I’m 19 but I get easily attached to every netflix show I watch (Friends, himym, the office, hollywood, stranger things, you name it). All my friends come to me for advice and think that I’m the “wise” one, even though ana aktar wahda habla in the group, I’m super obsessed with James Charles and David D (and yes they’re going to acknowledge my existence someday). If you don’t find me binging their vids you’ll probably catch me painting, reading, playing the piano, going crazy with makeup looks or just sleeping. Aside from my weirdo self, I’m an outspoken feminist and care about animal’s rights from tiny sea turtles, to humongous elephants – we all deserve to be protected, understood, and just because their voices aren’t that doesn’t we should abuse them, and yeah i know my mind goes a hundred miles per second but hey that’s me.

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Salma G

Salma Gharraf, Salma G, whatever you wanna call me.
Alexandrian who lives in Cairo.
I’m that loud girl who takes MUN/MEU debates way too seriously.
Introvert on social media, extrovert in real life. Turning 16 this June. Music and stories are basically my main source of happiness. I find myself in complete bliss when reading books on the beach at sunset, with some music playing in the background, preferably R&B. (I always have headphones on)
I come from a family of engineers/doctors where I’m the only one interested in poetry, politics, philosophy… (I believe I’m adopted)
I love doing volunteer work and going on road trips
Other than being a writer, I’m also an aspiring spoken word poet. Started writing silly poems in 4th grade, took it seriously when I came across Button Poetry on YouTube. My audience consists of my friends, my reflection in the mirror and sometimes my school, so we’re getting there, maybe?

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Mariam El Naggar

I spent a significant amount of time putting this off, followed by some more time staring at a blank sheet. As you probably guessed, writing about myself isn’t something I find easy. But, nonetheless, here I am.

So, hi! My name is Mariam Elnaggar and I’m currently a 16 year old student who attends BISC. Aside from being your typical reading and MUN infatuated nerd, I’m a basketball player at Gezira and a die-hard celtics fan. Who, having grown up with 3 brothers, could kick your ass at call of duty. I also have a borderline crazy obsession with food and I absolutely adore traveling.

To sum it all up: 1 part sports lover, 1 part wanderer, 2 parts foodie and 3 parts geek.

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Malak Yahia

I’m Malak, I’m 16, and I love movies, music, and books more than anything, No matter how many people try to prove otherwise, we can’t really live easily without them. I try to gain as much experiences as possible even with my measly age, because we learn more from them than school ever will teach us. Water is my best friend, whether it be in Dahab or Lisbon, being near the sea or the ocean brings me peace. Not to mention my undying love for all things beautiful like old polaroids of 70s rock bands backstage, or latin ballroom dancing. I like to remember little details in everything like scents or lines in movies, and I especially love my little happinesses like McDonald’s vanilla ice cream, or listening to loud music after a draining test, or the first sip of iced coffee. So, to convince myself that life isn’t pointless, I like to write about them. With the help of many friends on the teenntimes team, I have this chance of writing about my obsessions, my teenage thoughts, and all the things that we can all relate to.

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Areeba

My name’s Areeba and I have always been an avid reader which led to the development of my writing skills.As a kid I used to pull all nighters reading novels and watching shows and educational videos that would interest me. I have always been interested in multiple topics from literature and philosophy to medicine and while what I want to pursue as a career is quite different to my hobbies I still love learning about basically everything and anything. But my brain constantly is thinking and running and that leads to a lot of comedic real life glitches and gold fish moments. I am generally really sarcastic but it’s all with good intentions and I believe in truly loving and romanticizing your life and am still learning to completely love myself. This platform is one of the ways I would like spread love and creativity into the world and hopefully my passion that has lead to run my school magazine alongside my chief editor makes me a better writer for this magazine.

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