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Amazing Women Entrepreneurs: Ilka Tamar

Updated on April 21, 2015
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.


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."

I want to thank Ilka for this amazing opportunity to interview her. Thank you for taking the time out of your crazy schedule to correspond with me and for being so patient.

PS. She thinks I am cool! Ha!

This is a video portfolio I made using her photos


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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wow, are tooo beautiful inside out and real gorgeous.....hope your all vision and mission come best wishes.....for person like you World is little more beautiful to be honest ....take care....God bless you


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      Ilka 4 years ago


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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      Anytime. Thank You!

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      Ilka 4 years ago

      Hi, Thanks for this opportunity worth millions! Thanks for the good feedback!!!

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      Thank you dghbrh !

      She is indeed an amazing woman. And very talented as well.See you around!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Mind blowing...hats off to your dearest friend ILKA TAAMAR...and yourself for putting up such a nice interview hub . ILKA is rite you are very cool indeed to put up together such an amazingly beautiful hub. Ilka is very gorgeous and her vision and mission is more beautiful. Its not important to be beautiful outside..but what is important is that... to be beautiful inside which she is!..Thanks for this wonderful intro to a wonderful best wishes to ILKA from this part of the world and looking forward to read more from you.

      votes up and sharing..tweeted as well.