Bruna Tohme

TV per­son­al­ity, brand­ing consultant and girl-next-door Bruna Tohme Zein talks about her ca­reer on the small screen and her re­la­tion­ship to Le­banon.

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An af­ter­noon with the TV per­son­al­ity

YOU GREW UP IN SAUDI ARA­BIA BUT YOU’RE ORIG­I­NALLY FROM MAR­JAY­OUN IN SOUTH LE­BANON. WHAT MADE YOU RE­TURN TO LE­BANON?

I re­turned to Beirut with my fam­ily at the age of 10 to at­tend school. I re­mem­ber it be­ing a bit of a cul­ture shock at first but I quickly adapted.

YOU HAVE HOSTED SHOWS ON LBCI AND MBC AS WELL AS OTHER STA­TIONS. HOW DID IT ALL START?

I was at NDU study­ing graphic de­sign when LBC ap­proached me for a cast­ing. Things hap­pened very quickly af­ter that and I found my­self host­ing a num­ber of en­ter­tain­ment shows such as a mu­sic show on MBC4 called “Cokestu­dio.” From there I went on to do nu­mer­ous other things in­clud­ing the daily lot­tery on LBCI.

WHAT DO YOU EN­JOY DO­ING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

When I’m not work­ing as a brand­ing consultant for my agency Bird Me­dia De­sign or as a TV host, I’m with my lit­tle boy Jude and my fam­ily. When­ever I get some time to my­self, I like to read, watch a movie or see friends. I also vol­un­teer at CHANCE As­so­ci­a­tion, which sup­ports chil­dren with can­cer.

WHAT HID­DEN GEM IN LE­BANON WOULD YOU REC­OM­MEND TO TOURISTS?

I would say gems! The beaches in Tyre are won­der­ful and Chouwen is an in­cred­i­ble des­ti­na­tion for hik­ing. An­feh is also beau­ti­ful, although it has be­come more de­vel­oped.

WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?

As a child, I spent most of my sum­mers in the Metn area. Its green moun­tains and beau­ti­ful houses left a lasting im­pres­sion on me. For the past few years I’ve been go­ing to Aley and Bham­doun. I’m mes­mer­ized by the old houses and tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture.

PICK THREE WORDS THAT BEST DE­SCRIBE LE­BANON

Unique, en­ter­tain­ing and won­der­ful.

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