Quickly becoming known for her natural talent, exotic beauty and the characters she brings to life on the big and small screens, Mexican-Lebanese actress Emeraude Toubia is one of the most-watched talents in the industry today. Since 2016, Toubia can be seen starring as Isabelle Lightwood in the hit Freeform series “Shadowhunters,” whose third and final season premiered February 25, 2019. “Shadowhunters” is based on the best-selling young adult fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare. Toubia is known to steal scenes portraying Isabelle, a human-angel hybrid trained to hunt down demons.
Born in Canada and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Toubia was raised in a diverse household that immersed her in the best of both Mexican and American cultures. At the age of five, she began training in classical ballet, flamenco, lyrical and belly dance. At only 15 years old, Toubia’s love for the stage led her to compete in a series of pageants. She has since been named Miss South Texas, Miss Rio Grande Valley America and Miss Brownsville Teen. In 2008, Toubia was cast to participate in Nuestra Belleza Latina (a beauty pageant and docuseries produced by Univision). Following weeks of extensive training, her wide fan base selected her as the first finalist to the crown. As a result of her success, she went on to star in multiple commercials for such brands as Maybelline, JC Penney, State Farm and Sony. Her additional credits include hosting for a national cable network as well as starring in both youth and primetime Telenovelas for various Latin American markets.
When she’s not on set, Toubia is dedicated to perfecting her skills through education, training with a handful of mentors and coaches including the Oscar®-nominated Adriana Barraza. Toubia also has a big place in her heart for charity, regularly volunteering for a handful of non-profit organizations including Toys for Tots and the Make a Wish foundation. She also leads the “Queen for a Day” program at her hometown’s children’s hospital.