Emeraude Toubia

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Emeraude Toubia
Born (1989-03-01) March 1, 1989 (age 31)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2008–present
m. 2018)

Emeraude Toubia (born March 1, 1989) is a Canadian-born[1][2] American actress and model, who portrayed Isabelle Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters. Partially of Mexican and Lebanese descent,[3] she previously appeared on the Venevisión telenovelas Cosita linda as Dulce Rincón and Voltea pa' que te enamores as Stephanie Karam.

Early life[edit]

Toubia was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1] She was raised in Brownsville, Texas as an only child.[4] Her mother, Mirta Sonia (née Solis), was born and raised in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico,[3] and her father was Lebanese-American.[1] Her paternal grandparents were from the Koura District, Lebanon.[1]

As a child, she was professionally trained in classical ballet, flamenco, belly dance, and lyrical dance.[5] Toubia attended Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville for her secondary education.[6] 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.[7]


In 1999, at the age of ten, Toubia made her first television appearance on Televisa's children's program El Mundo de los Niños. She 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.[8] Since then, she has been featured in advertisements for brands such as Maybelline, J. C. Penney, Sony, Garnier, and AT&T.[9]

In 2009, she joined the second season of Model Latina, finishing in fifth place.[10] She was then a semifinalist in Miss Texas USA 2010.[11] From 2011 to 2013, Toubia served as a presenter for several NBC Universo music and entertainment shows, including The Arena, 18 & Over, and mun2POP.[12] She co-hosted the mun2 red carpet special for the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.[13] In 2013, Toubia made her acting debut as Elizabeth on the Nickelodeon Latin America youth telenovela 11-11: En mi cuadra nada cuadra, for which she was coached by Academy Award-nominated actress Adriana Barraza.[14]

In 2014, she appeared as Dulce Rincón on Venevisión's telenovela Cosita linda. The following year, Toubia portrayed Stephanie Karam on the Univision-Venevisión telenovela Voltea pa' que te enamores.[15] In 2016, Toubia began portraying the half-human, half-angel warrior Isabelle Lightwood on Freeform's fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare.[16][17] That same month, she appeared alongside Prince Royce in the music video for his single "Culpa al Corazón".[18]

Personal life[edit]

Toubia began dating musician Prince Royce in 2011.[19][20] They were married in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on November 30, 2018.[21][22] The couple own a home in Studio City, Los Angeles.[23]

Toubia supports the Get Schooled non-profit organization; on May 26, 2016, she visited Middle College High School in San Bernardino, California to meet students and act as their "celebrity principal" for the day.[24]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Aurora Receptionist Episode: "Gran lanzamiento"
2013 11-11: En mi cuadra nada cuadra Elizabeth 75 episodes
2014 Cosita linda Dulce Rincón 96 episodes
2015 Voltea pa' que te enamores Stephanie Karam 29 episodes
2015 Tattooed Love Esmeralda
2016–2019 Shadowhunters Isabelle Lightwood Main role
2019 Love in the Sun Alana Television film
Music video appearances
Year Title Artist(s)
2016 "Culpa al Corazón" Prince Royce

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Refs
2017 19th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nominated [25]
2018 20th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d Hamilton Rushforth, Samantha (July 20, 2017). "Exclusive: Shadowhunters Star Emeraude Toubia On Her Lebanese Roots". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha (6 May 2019). "Go away with ... Emeraude Toubia". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 July 2019. ... Mexican-Lebanese actress Emeraude Toubia ...born in Montreal, Quebec, and all of my dad’s side of the family still resides there ...
  3. ^ a b "Emeraude Toubia "caza" el sueño americano". Terra Networks (in Spanish). April 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Simon, Samantha (December 22, 2015). "8 Things to Know About Shadowhunters Star Emeraude Toubia". InStyle. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Isabelle Lightwood by Emeraude Toubia". Freeform. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Homer Hanna HS Alumni List". Homer Hanna High School. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  7. ^ ""Hay que hacer todo de corazón": Emeraude Toubia". Diario Panorama (in Spanish). March 5, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Univision Announces 12 Finalists in 'Nuestra Belleza Latina' Competition". Business Wire. March 31, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  9. ^ Huerta, Hennel (June 3, 2013). "Emeraude Toubia: "Soñé en grande y aquí estoy"". La Verdad (in Spanish). Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Tenisha, Christina (May 21, 2015). "Your One-Stop Mortal Instruments Shop: Everything about the Shadowhunters TV Series so far". Moviepilot. Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "12 Semifinalists to Compete for Second Annual Miss Fox Sports™ Crown". Business Wire. November 24, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mun2 Preps Three New Series For Slate". Deadline Hollywood. April 16, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Rashel Diaz to Co-Host BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS Red Carpet Show, Today". Broadway World. April 25, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Bautista, Berenice (June 3, 2013). "Emeraude Toubia debuta como actriz en "11 11"". Yahoo! News (in Spanish). Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Venevision Productions celebra el tradicional "claquetazo" de la telenovela "Voltea pa' que te enamores"". Venevisión (in Spanish). June 9, 2014.
  16. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 1, 2015). "ABC Family's 'Shadowhunters' Finds Simon & Isabelle for 'Mortal Instruments' Series". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (May 1, 2015). "Alberto Rosende & Emeraude Toubia Join 'Shadowhunters'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  18. ^ Lucia Roiz, Jessica (January 22, 2016). "Watch Prince Royce, Emeraude Toubia Get Hot & Heavy In 'Culpa Al Corazon' Music Video". Latin Times. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Prince Royce ¡estrena romance!". TVNotas (in Spanish). August 19, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  20. ^ Valdez, Maria G. (May 30, 2013). "Prince Royce, Emeraude Toubia Enjoy Romantic Afternoon". Latin Times. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  21. ^ Roiz, Jessica (March 29, 2019). "Prince Royce & Emeraude Toubia Get Married in Secret Wedding". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Mota, Jennifer (April 1, 2019). "All the Intimate Details From Prince Royce and Emeraude Toubia's Mexico Wedding". People en Español. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  23. ^ McClain, James (May 20, 2019). "Prince Royce Picks Up Jazzy Studio City Home". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  24. ^ "Emeraude Toubia Drops By Middle College High School". Get Schooled. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  25. ^ Swift, Andy (June 19, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards: Pretty Little Liars, The Flash Lead 2017 Nominations". TVLine.

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