Sabrina Dhowre is an American/Canadian model of African descent. She received worldwide popularity in early 2018 when renowned British actor Idris Elba proposed to her. The two had met in Vancouver, Canada while Elba was filming the thriller movie, The Mountain Between Us, alongside Kate Winslet.
Now man and wife, Sabrina Dhowre co-frontiers several humanitarian causes with her husband, including being Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development. But there is more to know about Dhowre than her just being Idris Elba’s wife.
Sabrina Dhowre was Born in New York But Grew Up in Montreal
Although Sabrina Dhowre was born on July 16, 1989, in New York, United States, she spent the better part of her early life in Montreal, Canada. With her mom Maryam Egal being Somali, Sabrina lays claim to her origins being in the horn of Africa, identifying as Somalian-American. So far, she has not revealed much about herself, her family, or her early life and educational background. Asides from earning a college degree in English Literature from Howard University and her life as a supermodel, there are hardly any details about her distant past.
What’s no secret, however, is her lifelong interest in modeling. From an early age, Sabrina has been aware of her beauty and charm. And when fate called, she put these qualities to use for the greater good.
Her Career Kicked Off After She Emerged Miss Vancouver
In 2014, at age 25, Sabrina Dhowre contested for and won the Miss Vancouver beauty pageant by wowing the judges with her talent and a shimmering slate grey gown with spaghetti straps and a plunging neckline. From there, she moved on to model for several renowned fashion houses and has since branched into acting.
Taking stock of Dhowre’s looks, it is easy to see one of many reasons she clinched the Miss Vancouver crown. She has a tall curvy figure, stands 5 feet 7 inches (1.73 m) tall, and weighs 54 kg (119 lbs). These became no small advantage when standing before a panel of pageant judges.
In the years that followed, Sabrina Dhowre appeared in several public fashion shows and magazines. She hosted the UK-based fan show, Luthera Star’s Other Half, got featured in Harrods Magazine, and was the face of the British Vogue in 2019. She also participated in a Roland Mouret fashion show.
She Has Since Successfully Launched a Career in Activism
In recent times, Sabrina Dhowre has become a staunch activist and voice for Africa; attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDIs) to Africa’s most vulnerable farmers. In October 2020, she reportedly talked the Canadian government into pledging £3.5 million to a UN Covid fund for struggling African farmers hit by Covid-19. The call came after an engaging Zoom session with Canadian ministers.
Together with her husband, she has also extended her tentacles into activism. In December 2019, she joined forces with the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to support African farmers. In February 2020, the couple kicked-off their lifestyle brand, Sable Labs. The brand focuses on helping young couples to fulfill their goals and dreams together.
Sabrina Dhowre Met Her Husband While He Was Filming ‘The Mountain Between Us’
One evening in 2016, Sabrina Dhowre met and fell in love with Idris Elba. Despite the whopping 16 years difference between the couple, “the mountain between them” crumbled when they reportedly met at a Jazz bar in Vancouver, Canada in 2016.
As earlier stated, Elba was at the time filming The Mountain Between Us. After first becoming friends, their friendship morphed into a romantic relationship in March 2017. The duo, however, kept it under wraps to avoid the prying eyes of the paparazzi and unforgiving media. A few months later, they appeared together in public at the premiere of Molly’s Game at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017.
Idris Elba Proposed to Her in 2018
Since they met while Idris Elba was shooting a movie in 2016, it was only proper to pop the big question while screening another movie. So, on February 10, 2018, Elba made his relationship with Dhowre official with a public engagement at the Rio Cinema in London. It happened during the screening of his movie, Yardie. From the moment she said “Yes”, the media went agog with details about the new face in Idris Elba’s life.
Sabrina Dhowre Married Her Man in Morrocco
About a year later, on April 26, 2019, the couple jumped the broom in a star-studded ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco. What followed was the actual wedding held at the prestigious Ksar Char-Bagh Hotel. To spice up those three days of celebration, the couple organized a big after-party for guests at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
They are Parents of Two Children
Although Sabrina Dhowre and her husband do not have any kids yet, they are parents to two children from previous relationships. Their first child, a daughter named Isan (b. 2002), was born to Idris Elba and his first wife Hanne Kim. Their second child, a son named Winston (b. 2014), was born to Elba and his former girlfriend Naiyana Garth.
In September 2020, the couple was inundated with congratulatory messages. The cause? Rumors had it that they have welcomed their first child together. The confusion came after an interview in which Elba described his movie character as a father of two boys. Elba later clarified the doubts through a tweet.
Sab @Sabrinadhowre and i thank you for all the congratulations but we haven’t had a baby.. .. that’s not true😀
Don’t believe everything you read.
Stay safe. 🖤
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) September 14, 2020
The Couple Tested Positive For Covid-19 in 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic of 2019/2020 worked its way into families, towns, and cities, affecting the most powerful individuals in society. It did not spare the Elba’s either.
In April 2020, Idris Elba shared a video confirming that he had tested positive for Covid-19 with an underlying condition of asthma. He soon went into isolation afterward with Sabrina joining him to offer care. She tested positive a few days later. According to reports, they both suffered mild symptoms.
Sabrina Dhowre’s “act of love” gained her a new spot on the Twitter trend table, with so many fans commending her commitment to Idris even in the face of disease and death.