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ILA KUMAR VALIA

ILA 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 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.

 
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