Ubah Ali Hassan
27 August 1983
|Relatives||Chanel Ayan (cousin)|
|Height||5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)|
|Agency||Richard's International Model Management (Vancouver)|
Ubah Ali Hassan (Somali: Ubax Xasan, Arabic: اوبح حسن; born 27 August 1983) is a Somali-Canadian model, businesswoman, and television personality. She has worked with a number of top designers including Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Rachel Roy, and Oscar de la Renta. She is the founder and CEO of Ubah Hot, her own personal brand of hot sauce. Hassan is also known for starring in the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of New York City, which she joined in the show's fourteenth season. In addition, she is involved in philanthropic work.
Hassan was born in Somalia in 1983. In 1991, Hassan's mother and sisters fled war-torn Somalia and moved to Ethiopia. Hassan, her father, and her brother stayed in Somalia until 1994 when they then moved to Kenya. Hassan later immigrated to Canada when she was fifteen, where she was eventually reunited with her mother and sisters who had also immigrated to the country. Hassan's family was forced to live in a homeless shelter for a year upon their move to Canada.
Hassan was talent spotted at a park in Canada by a photographer when she was seventeen and subsequently began modeling in Vancouver and Toronto. She was also the owner of a restaurant while living in Vancouver. In 2007, she was signed to Click Model Management in New York City. There she began doing high profile photoshoots and walking fashion runways.
In April 2008, Hassan was featured in an Allure magazine editorial spread. In May of that same year, Hassan was named Model.com's Model of the Week. She has appeared in Vogue Italia twice, first in July 2008's Black issue where she was photographed by Steven Meisel, and then again in January 2009's Soul Kitchen issue where she was photographed by Bruce Weber. She was the face of Ralph Lauren's Spring/Summer 2009 campaign. Hassan has also done work with several other top designers, brands, and companies including Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Roy, Malan Breton, Betsey Johnson, Gucci, Lucky Brand Jeans, Polaroid, and Macy's. As of 2023, Hassan is still signed to Richard's International Model Management in Vancouver, her mother agency.
In March 2015, Hassan was the subject of a documentary short film titled Ubah! that was directed by Joe Berlinger and premiered on CNN.com. In the short film, Hassan discusses her upbringing in Somalia, career in modeling, and philanthropic efforts in Cambodia.
Hassan is the founder and CEO of Ubah Hot, an African-inspired vegan hot sauce brand. The hot sauce became available to purchase in June 2021 and was featured as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in November of that same year. She appeared in the seventh episode of the first season of the Netflix reality series My Unorthodox Life, where she discussed her hot sauce brand with the show's star Julia Haart.
In October 2022, it was announced that Hassan was joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City. The fourteenth season of the series, Hassan's first, premiered on July 16, 2023.
Hassan is involved with various philanthropic efforts. She is an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet ambassador. The goal of the organization is to end systemic discrimination against women by working to change laws and policies that keep women in poverty. In 2012, Hassan partnered with Oxfam to create Maji Umbrellas. The company, which Hassan was the president and co-founder of, sold umbrellas and donated a portion of the profits to clean water initiatives in East Africa. Hassan was later the recipient of an Elle magazine Genius Award for her work with Maji Umbrellas.
She has also worked closely with footwear brand Toms Shoes' global charity and has traveled to Cambodia to give shoes and other essentials to people in need. In the documentary short film Ubah!, Hassan is shown raising money for the Cambodian Children's Fund. She talked about feeling compelled to act and help the children there after her trip to the country.
In June 2023, Hassan was honored by the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research for her work raising awareness and funds for cancer research. She said she was motivated to join the cause after her mother died from leukemia.
Hassan is a Muslim. She is a cousin of fellow model Chanel Ayan, who is one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Dubai.