Who Is Jen Shah From Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City?

Ever since The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City was announced at BravoCon in November 2019, fans have been clamoring to get to know the new wives. Of course, the powers that be at Bravo held out on fans for ages, and it wasn't until September 2020 — almost a whole year later! — that they were formally introduced to the women via the premiere season's trailer.

If you had any preconceived notions about what Salt Lake City had to offer, those were hopefully thrown out the window in the trailer. Not only is it drama-packed, but there's a wide range of religious backgrounds and diversity, which is not always a given on a Bravo show (though that's hopefully changing soon). 

To wit, one woman in particular, Jen Shah, has a fascinating backstory. She grew up as a Tongan and Hawaiian in Salt Lake City, which meant she felt like she "stuck out in her traditionally white, Mormon world," per her Bravo bio. But that didn't last for long. 

Jen Shah is a mother and a CEO

Although Jen Shah grew up Mormon in Salt Lake City, her Bravo bio says that she eventually learned of the "historical mistreatment of Black people in the Mormon religion" and converted to Islam. She's married to Sharrieff Shah, who is a football coach at the University of Utah. Shah is also the mother of two kids, including Sharrieff Jr., who plays football at the university under his father. The family seems super close, as her Instagram is filled with tons of pictures of them together and even doing TikToks together. They might give the Gorga Family a run for their money. 

Per Bravo, Jen is the "queen" of her home, but she also runs three — yes, three — marketing companies. She seems to be channeling some Jennifer Aydin from Real Housewives of New Jersey energy, too, as Bravo also states that she "spares no expense," loves to party, and goes from "0 to 100 very quickly." With her beautiful family, businesses, and what sounds like a little bit of a big mouth, Jen is certain to make The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City entertaining.