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This Bordertown Beauty Queen Went From Brownsville To Killing Demons On TV

In a world full of Prince Royce fanatics — aka  Roycenaticas — it’s no surprise people can’t stop speculating on his relationship status with Emeraude Toubia. But, HELLO PEOPLE, forget about him and let’s start talking about her…she’s about to blow up. Here’s why:

Toubia pretty much came out of the womb performing.

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When she was 15 years old, Toubia started competing in beauty pageants and winning…and winning…and winning.

Miss Brownsville Teen #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

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She was crowned Miss South Texas, Miss Rio Grande Valley America and Miss Brownsville Teen.

In 2008, she competed on Univision’s “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”

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She didn’t win, but she was first runner up.

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In 2013, her success on “Nuestra Belleza Latina” led to a gig on the Nickelodeon Latin America telenovela “11-11: En Mi Cuadra Nada Cuadra.”

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And the Venezuelan telenovela “Cosita Linda” in 2014.

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But what about this whole Prince Royce “is she or isn’t she his girlfriend” thing?

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Well, since around 2011, it has been rumored that Toubia and Prince Royce are more than friends, but neither of them will give a public confirmation.

But they do go out on dates together.

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Like when they attended the 16th Latin Grammy Awards together lookin’ like the perfect couple and all.

And they get all hot and steamy together on camera.

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Like when they starred in the video for “Culpa al Corazón” together and their chemistry set the screen on fire. When asked about Prince Royce, Toubia told Latina, “He’s a guy that I admire so much. He’s someone that fights for his dreams, and that keeps fighting. I like to surround myself with people that have dreams and that fight for them everyday. I think he’s a big role model for young girls and young guys.”

But, what Toubia does or doesn’t have going on with Royce is secondary to what she’s got going on in her career.

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She’s currently starring as Isabelle Lightwood in the Freeform TV series “Shadowhunters.”

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“Shadowhunters,” which was renewed for a second season, is based on “The Mortal Instruments” fantasy novel series by Cassandra Clare. Isabelle Lightwood, known as Izzy, is a mercurial demon hunter with a penchant for fashionable clothing.

Oh, and not only does she slay as Izzy while in heels and with whip in hand…

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She also does her own stunts. Yup, all that choreography she learned in dance class is coming in handy now that she plays a badass.

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So although we may never know what is really going on with her and Prince Royce, WE DO KNOW she is a rising star in her own right.

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Quiz: Who is Your Soulmate, Romeo Santos or Prince Royce?

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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