Born in Salt Lake City on October 4, 1973, Jen Shah is known for her reality TV role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. She quickly earned a reputation as the most over-the-top SLC Housewife, managing to fight with all of her fellow cast members — including her best friend, Heather Gay — in the show’s first season, which aired from November 2020 to February 2021. One of her biggest battles was with Mary Cosby, who infamously upset Shah when she told her she “smelled like hospital” after she had visited her aunt. Shah later called Cosby, who is married to her step-grandfather, a “grandpa f—ker.”
Shah is married to Sharrieff Shah, a football coach at the University of Utah, where the pair met during their college days. They share two sons, Sharrieff Jr. and Omar. Raised as a Mormon, Shah converted to Islam after learning about the historical mistreatment of Black people within the Mormon religion.
Shah owns three businesses — JXA Fashion, Shah Beauty and Shah Lashes — but in March 2021, she was arrested and charged with running a nationwide telemarketing scheme along with one of her assistants, Stuart Smith. If convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison for wire fraud charges and 20 years for money laundering charges. Her trial is expected to begin in fall 2021.
At her arraignment in April, Shah pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.