Umahani Abdulla is self-taught fashion illustrator,born on July 29, 1988 in Ottawa, Ontario, to parents of Somali descent. Growing up in Ottawa Ontario, she developed a passion for art and fashion at a young age. In her early teens, Uma moved to Damascus, Syria where she later on attended a prestigious fashion college program, while still attending high school. She moved back to Ottawa in 2006 where she attended the Ottawa School of Art and gained insight on abstract drawings. Uma is currently residing in Ottawa, and working on several fashion illustration projects while finishing her studies at Carleton University. In the near future she plans on pursuing a career in fashion, and plans on impacting her designs on a global scale.