Emeraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia

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Emeraude Toubia
Born (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 29)

Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality United States American
Occupation Actress and Model
Years active 2008–present
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Partner(s) Prince Royce (2011-present)

Emeraude Toubia (born March 1, 1989) is an American actress and model. She portrays Isabelle Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters. 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.[2] Her mother, Mirta Sonia (née Solis), was born and raised in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico,[3] and her father is 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.[4] Toubia attended Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville for her secondary education.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7] Since then, she has been featured in advertisements for brands such as Maybelline, J. C. Penney, Sony, Garnier, and AT&T.[8]

In 2009, she joined the second season of Model Latina, finishing in fifth place.[9] She was then a semifinalist in Miss Texas USA 2010.[10] From 2011 to 2013, Toubia served as a presenter for several NBC Universo music and entertainment shows, including The Arena, 18 & Over, and mun2POP.[11] She co-hosted the mun2 red carpet special for the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] That same month, she appeared alongside Prince Royce in the music video for his single “Culpa al Corazón“.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Toubia moved to Miami, Florida; she resided there until moving to Los Angeles, California in 2015.[18] Toubia has been dating musician Prince Royce since August 2011,[19][20] and publicly confirmed their relationship in April 2016.[21]

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.[22]


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–present Shadowhunters Isabelle Lightwood Main role
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 Shadowhunters Nominated [23]
2018 20th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated

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