With more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Dominican native Celinés Toribio has become a household name. Named by People en Español as one of the 50 Most Beautiful, today she is a budding actress, accomplished producer, and renowned philanthropist.
Celinés’ charismatic nature, lively personality, and natural beauty led her to quickly gain popularity, very early in her career, as a television and radio host for Univision and ESPN Networks, where she was a presenter and host in El Gordo y La Flaca and Sabor a Beisbol, respectively. In pursuit of her lifelong dream of becoming an actress, Celinés moved to Los Angeles in 2007. Soon after she landed roles alongside the likes of Michelle Rodríguez in Trópico de Sangre, Edward James Olmos in America, and Vin Diesel in Bandoleros. Most recently, Celinés starred and executive produced the film, Maria Montez, a biopic about one of Hollywood’s first Latina actresses.
Celinés’ interest in the film industry and her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found Esencia Films, a company dedicated to supporting meaningful and rewarding independent projects. To date, the company has produced and screened award-winning films in Europe, the U.S. and Dominican Republic, including The King of Havana, which premiered in Spain and received three nominations in the prestigious 2016 Goya awards. Also, Maria Montez successfully premiered in New York City, and was part of the official selection in the Guadalajara Film Festival.
A darling of the press, Celinés has been featured in dozens of magazines and has worked with some of the country’s most recognizable brands, including Wal-Mart, AOL Latino, Univision Networks, LionsGate, Jillian Michaels, ESPN Deportes, Major World NYC, Toyota, and more. In support of her country, she has served as a spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, as well as an on-going advocate, ambassador & supporter of the Dominican film industry.
Philanthropy is important to Celinés. With the belief that our youth is essential to the success of our future, she founded Latino Youth & City Communication Arts, a non-profit which aims to empower Latino youth in the communication arts, as well as provide resources and networking opportunities. Today, the organization continues to serve hundreds of Latino youth throughout New York City. In addition, she is a Chairperson alongside Junot Diaz, of the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project (DREAM), which facilitates access to education for thousands of underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic.
Celinés Toribio was born in Dominican Republic and grew up in New York City. She currently resides in Miami, FL.