04 Oct / Ubah Hassan – Beauty and Wellbeing – 26 September 2017
Somali-Canadian model and driven philanthropist
BY TAYLOR JOHNSON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH ORBANI?
With her radiant smile and effortless charm, it could be easy to mistake Ubah Hassan for a positivity magnet. In fact, Ubah’s story is an unconventional one, marked by challenges that are now testimonies to her true strength. When you learn that, as a Somalian refugee in Kenya, Ubah had to wait in line 6 hours for fresh water, you realise that her strength comes from more than the positivity that she embodies, but from her captivating ability to make those around her feel loved.
From founding her own give-back company, Maji Umbrellas, in partnership with Oxfam, then collaborating with TOMS, to publicly discussing race and fashion in a video alongside Iman, Ubah’s efforts are all driven by love and genuine concern for humanity and the individual. Today, Ubah continues to champion causes for helping Somalia and other countries combat water shortage. Ubah may have fallen into modeling serendipitously, but her work as a philanthropist is driven, inspired, and a part of the natural radiance she gives off like a magnetic field – that same radiance that she is eager to share with everyone.