Tamara Mena


Tamara Mena is an international model, motivational speaker, host and spokesmodel. Tamara was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. At the age of 19, she suffered a horrific car accident that left Tamara paralyzed from the mid-­‐chest down and, unfortunately, killed her boyfriend. From surviving a near death experience, Tamara chose to dedicate her life to share her message of hope, and above all, motivate people to believe in themselves. Despite the great tragedy she endured, she never lost sight of her dreams and goals; Tamara retook her studies, attended California State University Stanislaus, where she majored in Communication Studies, received numerous academic awards, and despite several hospitalizations, she graduated with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude. Tamara has been a guest speaker at numerous events and conferences such as Creative Inspirational Forum, G20 Summit, Ciudad de las Ideas. She has been invited as a special guest on many TV shows, English and Spanish-­‐speaking, as well as international TV shows. Among those Sábado Gigante, Aquí y Ahora, Qué Noche, The Doctors, Inside Edition, American Latino, El Hormiguero and many others. Her participation on the famous reality TV show, Nuestra Belleza Latina, impacted a large number of viewers, as she was the first woman in a wheelchair to ever make it on the famous beauty pageant as a model in a wheelchair. In front of millions of people, Tamara demonstrated her great talent on stage, and above all, she demonstrated her desire to break barriers, by making history on international Hispanic television. Her story, shared on many different platforms, has reached millions of people with her continuous determination to succeed. Her courageous spirit stays up, even with all the obstacles she’s faced and overcome.


Tamara deeply appreciates her ability to speak because she lost her voice for some time after her accident. For that reason, speaking up for a great purpose means so much to her. Tamara represents several important international companies and organizations, such as Red Bull and the Wings for Life World Run, Modelle & Rotelle and Cur8able. She is also a new ambassador for Runway of Dreams. Tamara is proud to raise her voice for things she’s passionate and with a purpose. Tamara focuses on projects that will leave a mark in people’s minds and hearts. Tamara continues to dream and above all fight for her goals and ideals, never gives up, continues to get back up, breaks barriers and hopes to inspire, uplift and motivate many along the way.