Model, Educator, Entrepreneur: Ilka Tamar

Entrepreneur, Professional Model, Certified Modeling Instructor, "Blogger" and influencer recognized for instructing modeling as a tool of self-esteem and empowerment allowing girls, youth and adults to learn through their modeling workshops and fashion blog equally with the foundations and techniques on how to be models and enhance their image as a brand.

She has more than 20 years of experience as a model and certified modeling instructor participating in countless catwalks, events, editorial competitions in Puerto Rico and the United States among others. Her passion is to teach modeling as an enriching tool of self-esteem to each girl, young man and woman achieving a remarkable inside-out metamorphosis leaving a legacy as her mission for future generations. She's the founder of the fashion beauty and confidence blog Modish Bold Squad ", the MetaMorphosis mentoring, and owner of the Miss / Mrs Puerto Rico Millennium Universe franchise, a contest that takes her candidates to the contest with the final in Malaysia as the ultimate delivery of everything achieved. Her motto is: Confidence is everything!

*Image Cred Eduardo Perez*

Why do you do what you do?
I instruct modeling as a self-confidence tool because I feel passionate about arts and how arts transformed me into who I'm today using modeling skills. 

What are some projects you are currently working on?
Some of the projects I'm working now is being Mrs. Puerto Rico Millennium Universe candidate after 20 years of my first pageant, my modeling and confidence mentorship is already online after 5 months on working on it, the Puerto Rico Pageant franchise and a chapter of a book I will be contributing as an entrepreneur and empowered entrepreneur.

What are your goals for the short-term and long-term? 
My short term goals are continuing with the franchise and get more candidates into the opportunity to travel Malaysia representing their countries, intensifying and bettering my skills as entrepreneur and mentor, and working on my fashion blog. My long term goals I will be opening a nonprofit so I can impart modeling skills as a confidence tool to everyone for free. I think what I had always wanted to change in the fashion industry was inclusion and now is happening. 

If you could change anything about your industry, what would it be?
The industry is opening to different sizes, heights and ages, that had been a great achievement and change upon the industry. 

Who or what inspires you?
What motivates me is being the role model to others to achieve success no matter what they have endured during life, is about what you do with your opportunities.What do you plan to do once you cross the millionaire mark? 
If I cross the millionaire mark I will definitely keep working to create non-profit and help to women in the world. Women empowerment is something that we need to reinforce in every place to create equality. Confidence is the foundation of empowerment and is my creed to achieve anything in life and succeed, it will always be my motto to continue growing other people's life.

First Photo:
Photography: Yesid Pulido
Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Gebron

Second Photo:
Photography: Eduardo Perez
Hair and Makeup: Frances Yamila