Mar. 1st, 1989
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Emeraude Toubia is a Canadian-born, American actress and model, best known as Isabelle Lightwood in the hit Freeform series Shadowhunters (2016-2019).
Discussing her nationality and heritage, Toubia stated: I am so proud of where I come from. My mom is Mexican, my dad is Lebanese and I'm American, and I think that's what being an American is. It's a melting pot.
Emeraude Toubia, whose first name means 'a stone the color of beauty and love', is one of the most-watched up and coming talents in the industry today.
Raised in Brownsville, Texas as a child, she was professionally trained in classical ballet, flamenco, belly dance, and lyrical dance. Toubia attended Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville for her secondary education. In 2010, Toubia moved to Miami, where she resided until moving to Los Angeles in 2015.
Since the age of fifteen, Toubia had competed in several beauty pageants; she was crowned Miss South Texas, Miss Rio Grande Valley America, and Miss Teen Brownsville.
Toubia first became widely known in 2008, when she was selected to participate on the second season of the Univision beauty pageant series Nuestra Belleza Latina, where the participants were trained rigorously in acting, presenting, dancing and other activities; Toubia was voted first runner-up. Since then, she has been featured in advertisements for brands such as Maybelline, J. C. Penney, Sony, Garnier, and AT&T. In 2009, she joined the second season of Model Latina, finishing in fifth place. She was then a semifinalist in Miss Texas USA 2010. From 2011 to 2013, Toubia served as a presenter for several NBC Universo music and entertainment shows, including The Arena, 18 & Over, and mun2POP. She co-hosted the mun2 red carpet special for the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
In 2013, Toubia made her acting debut with the guest starring role of Elizabeth on Nickelodeon Latin America's youth telenovela 11-11: En mi cuadra nada cuadra, for which she was coached by Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza. In 2014, she appeared as Dulce Rincón on Venevisión's telenovela Cosita Linda. The following year, Toubia portrayed Stephanie "Stefi" Karam on the Univision-Venevisión telenovela Voltea pa' que te enamores. Also in 2015, Toubia was cast as Isabelle Lightwood on Freeform's fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare. The first episode premiered on January 12, 2016. Also in January 2016, she appeared alongside Prince Royce in the music video for his song "Culpa al Corazón".
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