my name is Leila Antakly and I created Ninu Nina in 2008 mainly because I am a very curious person and I wanted to ask interesting creative people what fuels their imagination. so i started interviewing Friends in different fields- mostly music, art, fashion and photography. I never wanted to call it a blog, (In fact i’m not a fan of the term) but i’m proud its grown into a resource of creative content slowly but organically.
I am half Syrian half Colombian, but consider New York City home. I studied Visual Media, Film and Communications at american university, and italian studies at georgetown. At 16 I got my first job as Director’s assistant for an hbo James Dean biopic in L.A..
After college I moved to nYc for what i thought would be my dream job in fashion.- Editor’s assistant at Italian Vogue Magazine, but if anyone saw or read the devil wears prada, my experience was a lot worse in terms of dramatic, nonetheless i met amazing people and produced some iconic shoots and covers with the world's leading photographers, models, stylists and designers. I love fashion, but I don’t like people who take themselves too seriously either. I partnered up with a photographer and we produced several documentaries together. at the roof top of the chelsea hotel, in Vegas, and Death valley California. Til today I’m not sure how i survived those pretty insane adventures.. Later I was hired as an associate producer on a National lampoon starring Paris Hilton - (ONE that probably has the WORST RATINGS ON ROTTEN TOMATOES, ever). We had four hurricanes during production-Nuff said.
after a very brief stint in finance, I decided to go for my Master's in Fashion, Design and Experience at Bocconi University in Milan where I got bored of study groups and drank lots of cappuccinos in brera instead. most recently I ran model agency, Wilhelmina Dubai for five years -our goal to raise the standards of the industry in the region, and I think we achieved that. what i am most proud of though, is having the opportunity to volunteer in cambodia working with children, teaching english and raising awareness to a wonderful non profit called Azizas Place, that helps these children and their families.
i am completely obsessed with my little pooch Mr. Coco -he’s the best and travels to most places I go., and that’s pretty much it. I’m always on the look out for interesting and inspiring talent to interview, so if you are a creative and would like to be featured, pls send me an email with your portfolio and pls it would mean the moon and stars if you follow us on ig, thx 4 Ur Support!