Tinsel Korey

Tinsel Korey – 2013 Do Something Awards – Arrivals – Avalon – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: DoSomething.org, VH1’s 2013 Do Something Awards Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

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

17 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Gotta love how all the fake First Nations are getting called out on the front page lol

  2. Mr. Postman says:

    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:


  3. napalm says:

    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

    • napalm says:

      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

  4. callmecharlie says:

    Any updates on her ethnicity? I’m kinda curious now…

  5. Freerk says:

    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…

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