Today we’d like to introduce you to Ilka Tamar. She and her team share her story with us below.
Please kick things off for us with some background.
Bullying is not a thing now. It has always existed. Nowadays social networks have taken it to extreme levels that we have sometimes witnessed fateful events. The psychology of people, fortunately, does not work the same. Ilka Tamar is not unaware of this crisis that tends to be more intense in the teenage years. For episodes like these, Ilka begins at age 16 taking a basic modeling certificate in 1995, she worked it as a challenge since she was well introverted and suffered from bullying at school.
The modeling helped her to overcome her insecurity caused by the “abuse”, allowed her to enter fully into the field of arts and beauty. Several of the certamenes in which it participated were: Miss Latin America and Miss Hispano-America, qualifying in one of the two as the first finalist.
Then she ventured into the “High Fashion” which involves Editorials of magazines, European style runways, and work on TV and radio, which was to her liking and currently continues to do so. Among the different runways, she has participated are Puerto Rico High Fashion Week, South Fashion Week, and Fashion Fights Poverty in Washington D.C.
She has Modeling Certifications: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, also she is certified as Modeling Instructor in the United States. Ilka is currently working on her blog based on fashion, beauty, and confidence, called “Modish Bold Squad”. On the other hand, she continues to teach modeling to girls, young people, and adults.
In addition of being a model, she has a Bachelor’s degree in biology with pre-medics and 12 years of experience in the medical field, including hospitals, laboratories, medical research and medical offices. The arts were always his passion and she decided that after completing his degree he returned to the arts to continue working on what he loves to do by vocation.
As part of her other diversifications, she works in a magazine as “Art Director” and is in the process of preparing for a Fashion event of her own with her Fashion blog Modish Bold Squad.
The 36-year-old Puerto Rican has the goal of establishing her “fashion blog” as a brand that provides modeling workshops for all types of audiences regardless of age, height or size. “I’ve always seen modeling as a personal enrichment tool to improve self-esteem and not just as a pretty face or body for a catwalk or magazine.”
Eventually, she visualized herself creating quality fashion events in Central Florida including all kinds of women without distinction and that their workshops can arrive for free through her non-profit entity. “It’s something that I see in development and is in line with my philosophy on how I visualize myself”.
Her inspirations are to be a role model to girls, teens, and women to gain confidence and reach their maximum potential as I did use modeling as my empowerment ally.
Her last journey is the acquisition of the franchise Miss/Mrs. Puerto Rico Millennium Universe 2020 beauty pageant with the final event being held in Malaysia in May 2020 being her the representative of the Mrs category after 20 years of her first pageant participation, also she’s coaching her Miss candidate Melody, so both can represent Puerto Rico.
Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing that you want in life is easy, of course, there’s had been a lot of bumps on the road. On my first modeling casting, they told me I was ugly, not tall enough and too exotic to be a model, that critics led me to where I’m today.
Another struggle was when I opened my own modeling school in Puerto Rico, I was alone assuming all cost of rent, resources, etc. I finished my first group but could open for a second one because of the economic toll that it implies maintaining my business.
My last struggle was moving to USA and starting everything from zero. No contacts, English as the first language and not knowing my market here in the United States.
Everything is part of we need to learn as entrepreneurs to get better in our business and strive for more no matter the circumstances.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I teach girls, teens and women modeling skills to be used as tools of self-confidence and empowerment. I specialize in working their self-confidence as the motivator to do modeling and not just seeing modeling as a pretty face for a magazine or a perfect body for a runway. Modeling is more than that, is being a real “model” to other women so they can believe in themselves also.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Love to dance, modeling, arts, acting, traveling.
Dislike fake people, envy from others, bad energies, climate change.
- Website: www.modishboldsquad.com
- Email: Ilkamodelpr@gmail.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilkatamar/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ILKA.TAMAR
Photography by Ken Keen Photography
MUA Raysa Rayoka