Amazing Women Entrepreneurs: Ilka Tamar
I want to present to you someone very special to me, Mrs. Ilka Tamar. I met her while working at Caribbean Medical Testing Labs a couple of years ago. This amazing beautiful girl was my coworker and friend. Witty and VERY smart, she worked and was finishing her bachelors degree in Biology. What I did not know, was that Mrs. Tamar was a fashion model! It did not surprise me at all, (she is very beautiful) but what inspired me was the story behind her journey. Brains and legs, the complete package!
A conversation with Ilka
We live over 3,000 miles away from each other; but thanks to the internet, I was able to get reacquainted with Ilka. She agreed to give this interview, mainly because she is such a sweetheart and I knew this would inspire so many women to go for their dreams.
Overall, Ilka is a very down to earth woman. Dedicated to her art, and her vision to help others. Her journey is bound to inspire others to pursue their dreams. That is why I am very proud of her and her accomplishments. By the way, she has a wicked sense of humor while being 100% professional.
Who is Ilka?
Tell us, what is your full name, age and where do you call home?
"Well, my name is Ilka Tamar Calendario. I am thirty years old and currently residing in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Although I was born in Bayamon."
I know you finished your BA, what is your area of expertise?
"I have a Bachelors Degree in Biology, with a concentration in Pre- MED and Forensic Sciences."
When does modeling come into the picture?
"Actually, I have been dabbling in modeling since I was sixteen! After I finished college, I decided to pursue my dream of modeling and subsequently teach it. I have always been inclined to the arts. Modeling has given me an outlet for expression and growth. As you can see I have been quite busy with different kinds of projects."
What is your goal?
"Opening my Modeling and Dance Academy. My journey has taught me so much, that I know what kind of contribution I can bring to the table. Especially since so many girls and women need that pick me up to believe in themselves. I am a firm believer in chasing your dreams, prove to yourself that there is nothing impossible. Faith and hard work go a long way. Right?"
What has been your biggest lesson?
"To remain true to myself. No matter the disappointments, the disagreements or who influences your life, remain transparent and protect your integrity at all cost. Specially as women, we have to protect ourselves from those things that can damage our self worth."
Chasing the dream
What about your Academy? What is the vision behind it?
"I want to integrate the community, family and arts under the same roof. Children need this kind of environment to be nurtured and inspired. My hope is that my Academy will become more than a curriculum, it has to be a family, one that promotes values and personal growth. That is why I share this vision with my partner and boyfriend Amaury Cruz, which will be in charge of the dance classes at the Academy. He complements my vision, bringing his talent and expertise to the mixture."
What do you say to those that like you have a plan, have a dream? What will the younger generation can take from Ilka Tamar?
"Do not give up! Life is a revolving door of ups and downs, I have fallen many times but gotten up as well. Perseverance is your best card, just keep playing to win. Love yourselves, respect yourselves enough to never stop trying to reach your goals."
On the light side of things
Any funny things have happened to you while modeling?
"Ha! I was doing a shooting in DC, and for 3 hours I had to ride the train and the bus with an exotic hair do that attracted a LOT of attention. (Laugh). That was interesting for me and my sister that was with me at the time."
( I wish I had a picture of that)
What do you like about modeling?
"EVERYTHING! To me this is not about a face and a body, is a tool to bring forth the inner beauty in women. That is my drive and I want to share it with the world."