TEAM

We’re just a bunch of Arab teenagers trying to start conversations and maybe take over the world. We’re weird and fun and we take no shit, we’re also strictly intersectional feminists. 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 20 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 (and now Farida and Ali) 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 a couple hundred thousands of teens from all over the world too! I’m even prouder of the growing diversity in our team and our expansion beyond Egypt and Kuwait.

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Managing Editor

Rawan Khalil

I am Rawan – an 18 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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Editors

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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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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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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Senior Writers

Nour Jumma

Hala hala, I’m Nour (signed NKJ), born Egyptian and raised in Kuwait. I thrive on sapphic music and pretty poetry so obviously I’m a Literature major. I’m your stereotypical “I went to MUN religiously in highschool and owe alot my growth to that” but also the “I’ve attended every open-mic night that has happened in Kuwait since 2016.” I very deeply need to get as many body piercings as I can get before I’m legally not allowed within certain distances of magnets. I’ve most likely binge-watched every decent sitcom there is from Becker and Seinfeld (and obviously Friends) to New Girl and B99. Aside from writing, my absolute favourite form of artistic expression is photography, (follow @nkjpeg on Instagram!) and my most valued possession is definitely my Polaroid camera.

Dara Mohd

Heyo! My name is Dara and I’m a soon-to-be-14-year-old Palestinian-Canadian in Jordan. I’m a reading, politics, MUN and Tik Tok enthusiast. And yes, I’m that psycho feminist girl from Tik Tok. Anywho, I practically live and breathe music, creative writing, activism and feminism. You’ll definitely see me sitting around and reading somewhere while jamming out to my playlist. Since early childhood, I’d stay up all night and all day simply reading, and for that I owe my passion for creative writing. Despite being rejected a trillion times by other magazines, here I am writing a bio for Teenn Times. Pretty cool, right? Besides all this borderline-nerdy activity, I love to go biking and skateboarding, and I’m obsessed with fashion. I’ll also totally play minecraft with you! In 20 years or something, you’ll definitely catch me in a law firm as a successful lawyer! In summary, get ready to meet a raging feminist liberal who will not stop talking about books and how much she loves sparking controversy in politics.

Zeina El Bakry

Hi, I’m Zeina! I’m 19 years old and about to start my 3rd year of university at London College of Fashion. I’ve been passionate about pursuing a career in the fashion industry since I was 8 years old and I fundamentally believe that to accomplish your dreams you must be willing to put in hard work because with a few sacrifices and a good work ethic you will always get you where you want to be. So with that being said, you can imagine how much time and effort goes into my fashion work since I am my biggest critic. Along with fashion, writing is another hobby of mine, that I’ve been given the opportunity to endeavor with teenntimes. My friends and family describe me as creative, determined and thoughtful. I would describe myself as a feminist, an introvert and very family-oriented person.

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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Neda Ahmed

I’m neda, I’m a 15-year-old aspiring Egyptian author who resides in Cairo. I love to write, read and debate, if i’m not doing any of these things, I’ll probably be studying for my IGCSEs.

I’ve been writing things ever since i was a child: stories, books, articles and poems. My mind is always tangled in messy plot lines that I’m trying to get on paper (wish me luck)! I’m a die-hard feminist, and educating others and raising awareness is a responsibility that comes a long with that title. I work hard to live up to that responsibility; though education is a never-ending journey, I’d like to say that i’m really enjoying the ride. I’d love to cause change. I can’t bear the thought of coming to this world and being privileged enough to be somewhat educated and not contribute to my community in anyway. I hope that the audience of teenn times come with listening ears and attentive minds. I don’t want to wreck havoc—I wanna wreck misogyny, false societal beliefs and shit standards that directly harm us.

Lina El Saie

Hi I’m Lina Elsaie, I’m fully Egyptian, a proud lil Alexandrian to be specific. I’m a 16 year old MUN student who is incredibly big on human rights and firmly stands against animal cruelty. I’m a huge environmentalist- which is why i haven’t willingly eaten meat or chicken since 24/07/2016. I’m also a huge fan of the ocean, I love what they did with the place. I really love snorkeling, it’s a completely different world down there; it’s colorful and peaceful and quiet. I’m practically a fish, if they found a way to breathe underwater without a doubt I’d be chilling with the fish and sea animals, but until then the best I can do is the turtle I painted on my wall. I really love painting and drawing, I specifically love painting and drawing on my wall; someday I want to paint a huge mural but until then I can only dream.

The bigger dream I have is to be a writer. I’ve always enjoyed reading books and writing stories but I only fully got into writing in the 7th and 8th grade (I’m going to the 11th grade now). It’s a form of expression -and god knows i indulge in a lot of forms of self expression- it’s the one I use the most and the one I feel most comfortable doing; sure drawing and painting and playing instruments is cool but writing is just different. It’s subjective and that’s what I love the most about it. There is no right way to write or understand something.

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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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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Marie

Hey! My name is Marie and I’m 17 years old. I’m an introvert, I hate all kinds of communication with human beings. I am pretty sarcastic, stubborn as hell, an overthinker and the most indecisive person you’ll ever meet in your life. Chilling at home, listening to music, writing (obviously) and reading are my favorite things to do.I’m also a ballet dancer and some days an artist.
Living in my mind isn’t easy and having mental breakdowns is part of my routine.

Why am I here? I have a lot of thoughts locked up in my brain and the best way to get them out is through writing. Using my voice to make a real change in this world is one of my biggest goals. Yes, I’m crazy enough to think I can change the world. Being here is the first step to make this dream come true. One day, I want to have my own podcast, stand in front of a crowd and say my thoughts without fear.

Junior Writers

Danielle Bechara

Hi, I’m Danielle, but some of my friends like to call me “Danielle the drama queen”. I’m 13 and I’m Lebanese and Beirut-based. I honestly don’t know what to write here because I have an identity crisis every other day but here are some things that have never changed. Number 1, I love food. I literally had to spend 30 minutes searching for a decent picture of myself since my gallery is flooded with food pics. But I’m a very picky eater. I basically have a 5 year old’s regime. Unhealthy? Maybe so. Number 2, I love sunsets and the night time. I can spend an infinite amount of hours just looking at the sky and at the moon and up at the stars. Number 3, I’m obsessed with poetry and Harry Styles. Number 4, I’m basically a raging feminist who wants equality and a wannabe Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood mix. Number 5, I practically romanticize anything, except for toxicity and mental illnesses. Well, there’s that. I hope you enjoyed meeting me 🙂

Featured Writers

Aliah

Hello, I’m Aliah. Im 17 at the moment, but by the time this goes up I might be 18! And I don’t really know how to start this… but here goes nothing, I was born to a Kuwaiti dad and Ecuadorian mom and have basically grew up in Kuwait. I have always been an avid debater and have always taken pride in my public speaking endeavours… no seriously, MUN is my biggest personality trait. I have a severe passion for all things politcal, feminist, Fitness related and cows (I love cows). I started writing and getting into feminism due to Michelle Obamas documentary- its really good btw- and haven’t stopped since!

Lolwah

Okay, honestly? I have no idea what you need to know. Typically I go by Lilo, I’m 17 and a sophomore in university. I’m a Kuwaiti- Moroccan living in Kuwait -and will pressure anyone i know to go for a summer in morocco (like seriously). Living in Kuwait has given me a certain perspective on life, I’ve grown up with a drastically different opinion than the majority of the people around me. As a result, I’ve been outcasted in my own community but I still try to use my voice in whatever way I can to speak out about things others are too afraid to approach. I’ll listen to any kind of music and always open to recommendations so don’t hesitate to DM me and tell me your favs 🙂

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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