ILA Kumar Valia started her career with the handling of the homecoming of Sushmita Sen, the first ever Ms. Universe title holder from India and thereafter for over 15 years was a part of the organising team for the prestigious Femina Miss India contest. Ever since then she has been involved in scouting for the right talent. They were then trained in various aspects such as public speaking, styling, physical fitness, hair styling and makeup etc, before they went on for participating in various International pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Asia Pacific and Miss Earth. During her tenure there were many International winners with the likes of Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Diya Mirza, Parvathy Omnakuttan besides many others such as Neha Dhupia, Gul Panag just to name a few.
She has also worked with some of the most respected people and luminaries in their own field and from different genres of fashion, lifestyle, cinema, music, entertainment & from the corporate and business sector too. These includes the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, Sridevi, Hema Malini, Rani Mukherjee, Urmila Matondkar, Raveena Tandon , Ranbir Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Arjun Rampal etc.
She has been involved with some of the biggest Indian Design Labels such as Ritu Kumar, Manish Malhotra, J J Valaya , Mandira Wirk, Deepika Geehani, Falguni and Shane Peacock & Satya Paul - infact the only Indian designer to have showcased their collection at the landmark Madame Tussaud's in London. She has conducted various shows in New York, South Africa, Singapore, Dubai, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Mauritius, etc. and organised Fashion weeks/shows in various cities across the world. She also has been a consultant with FDCI for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.
ILA had been the National Business Head for the talent management division of the Times of India group called the SHOOT Talent Management. She scouted for some of India's leading talent by identifying both girls and boys as raw talent and polished these rough diamonds and showcased and marketed them as sparkling gems and turning them into stars. A shining example - ex Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez. She is the former Director of Frankfinn Institute of Modeling and Acting and had been associated with it for over two years. Her latest protege is Maira Chowdhury who won the title of Miss Delhi 2017 and was amongst the top ten in the finals of the Miss India 2017 competition held in June that year.Read More
"Memories warm you up from the inside"
Ila is the first person who saw potential in me when I was a budding actress in Sri Lanka! I will always be indebted to her guidance and belief in me! | Jacqueline Fernandez
Congratulations on your new venture. I am so happy that you've achieved another milestone in life. For more than 20 years that I've known you, you have always been a dedicated and diligent professional aiming for the best and I'm sure you're going to rock this as well. I wish you all luck and success for the same. | Dr. Blossom Kochhar
The diva of aromatherapy
Dear Ila. Congratulations on the opening of your own grooming and modelling academy. Wishing you all the success in the world and I am sure it will be very successful with your insights and passion for this industry. All the best
| Sanjay Kapoor
Managing Director, Genesis Colors Pvt. Limited
Dear Ila.., U are a very kind and wonderful human being. You have a keen eye for spotting talent. I wish you the very best for this new venture of yours. With your in depth knowledge and abundant experience I am certain students will benefit immensely.....Much love,Sayali Bhagat...| Sayali Bhagat
Former Miss India and actress
Dear Ila mam, many congratulations on the opening of the Ila Institute of Grooming and Modelling! Wishing you all the best for it's future success. | Maira Chowdhary
Congratulations on your new venture. I'm sure the students are really going to be benefited from your vast experience with the Miss India's in the field of grooming and modeling. Wishing you the very best in this endeavour of yours. | Mandira Wirk
ILA Kumar Valia, I have respected her for the last 15 years ever since I met her as the Director of Shoot Talent Management. She always has the unique power of scouting the right candidates to be a Super Star, with her vast experience in the industry and her huge global travel experience she understands the potential in a talent who can go ahead a long way. Ila is extremely dedicated and organised in her planning and execution to make a success of any business she takes charge. | Liza Varma
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