Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: March 25, 1980
Ethnicity: possibly Indian [South Asian]
Tinsel Korey is a Canadian actress. She played Makah Emily Young in the Twilight films. She has also often starred as other Native American/First Nations characters.
She has said that she is of First Nations descent, Anishnaabe, Ojibway, or Cree.
It has been written by some on the internet that Tinsel is actually of Indian descent (from India), and that her birth surname is Patel (her birth name is sometimes cited as Harsha Patel).
Sources: Discussions about Tinsel’s ancestry – http://newspaperrock.bluecorncomics.com
Don’t know if this has been posted yet but here’s her old bio from her alma mater which states her birth name is Harsha Patel:
she doesn’t really look Native American at all, her features look very south Asian, but i can see how she would seem ambiguous to some people… however there is definitely enough proof available to definitively say she is south Asian, just by googling her name. i suppose it’s possible she has native ancestry as well, but i doubt it and she’s never claimed that. she seems like just another iron eyes Cody to me
if it’s of any interest though, she also claimed to be cree once (mentioned in the twitter thread comrade commented) on top of the anishinaabe, cherokee and mohawk claims
Any updates on her ethnicity? I’m kinda curious now…
So far no. Although the leads seem damning in my opinion
Just regarding her looks, she is rather likely American Indian (native American), not Asian Indian. Almost prototypical. (Though one of the outstanding beautiful examples.) Her slightly Mongolian eyes, sharp nose and her mouth are untypical for (East) Indians, but common with Native Americans.
So I would rather write “possibly Native American”, as she claimed for herself.
It hardly gets more Native American…
“Her slightly Mongolian eyes, sharp nose and her mouth are untypical for (East) Indians, but common with Native Americans.”
I would disagree. Nepali people have “Mongolian eyes” and Indians can have sharp noses too.
She could also be Gujarati. Patel is a Gujarati name. She looks like this person: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati_people#/media/File:Priti_Patel_2016.jpg
Priti Patel is Gujarati.
Shannon Baker on twitter claimed she said she was 1/2 Cherokee & 1/2 Persian. Another time she claimed she was Mohawk & was raised by a Jewish family. I don’t think she’s First Nation but maybe she considers herself Native by marriage. She’s married to Doug Yazzie who is Dine Navajo Nation.
I dont buy she is South Asian, but who knows.
You guys watched Pocahontas too much as a kid. Tinsel is as Native as Sandrine Holt and Mizuo Peck.
She throws people off the scent by wearing native themed clothes, feather earrings and braids.
Very interesting thread: https://twitter.com/i/events/947196755430457344?lang=en
She’s probably upper caste South Asian/Indian, that’s why she’s paler and has small lips. She looks more Indian when she isn’t squinting: https://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/bg/Tinsel+Korey+Twilight+Saga+Eclipse+Premiere+iK_GodRcRLHl.jpg
She shot herself in the foot because she can’t get any other roles besides Native American roles now.
What kind of upper cast South Asian has such look? Rather uncommon.
@andrew She’s surely not Native American. What do you think she is if she’s not South Asian?
I am inclined to think she is part European part Native American.
She looks Mongoloid influenced, pseudo Andean, and has no brown-ish skin unlike all South Asians. Maybe she is from Bhutan or something, just wondering.
She could be part Bhutanese and part Punjabi/ Gujarati. I would believe that.