Tamara on the cover of Vision, Hispanic, and IEEE Spectrum


Woman whose boyfriend died after saving her life in a horrific car crash reveals how she is honoring him by 'living life to the full' - despite being paralyzed from the chest down

Tamara Mena, now 33, from Los Angeles, was involved in a tragic car crash while on a night out in Baja, Mexico, with her boyfriend Patrick Riner


17 disabled Models who should be on Vogue Covers Tamara is one 17 chosen models around the world promoting diversity in fashion!

Tamara's Story

Tamara alienta a correr a beneficio de estudios de médula espinal.

Día de la Mujer

Hoy que se celebra el Día Internacional de la Mujer, queremos compartirles la historia de Tamara Mena, modelo parapléjica que ha roto barreras en Estados Unidos.

Breaking Down Sterotypes

There are so many people who are talented but people pre-judge them because of what they see on the outside. I'm just encouraging people to see our talent and hire us.

Huffington Post

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User on Staying Positive and Advocating for a Cure for Spinal Cord Injuries

COSMO For Latinas

WHY SHE’LL CRUSH NEXT YEAR Tamara is the only Spanish-speaking U.S. ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, a race that occurs simultaneously in 34 global locations.

Huffington Post

La inspiradora historia de una mexicana que gana maratón en silla de ruedas

Huffpost Voces

La inspiradora historia de una mexicana que gana maratón en silla de ruedas.

Smart Chair

Inspirational People in Wheelchairs To Follow On Social Media.


Tamara quien tambien es una motivadora internacional se define como una persona que no le gusta ser encasillada solo por utilizar una silla de ruedas y al contrario eso para ella es más motivación de demostrarle al mundo que puede hacer las mismas cosas que una persona que si puede caminar.

Girl Talk HQ

Designer Uses Disabled Models To Challenge Perceptions Of Beauty At Tokyo Fashion Week

Washington Post

Models with disabilities take on Fashion Week.


Disabled Models Boldly Storm the Runway in Wheelchairs at New York Fashion Week


Tamara Mena Becomes First Latina In A Wheelchair To Model At NYFW!


Inspiring Latina of the Week.

La Opinión

Education All-Stars: Tamara Mena lives the American dream.

Modesto Bee

Hispanic Education Conference gives youth information, inspiration.

The Modesto Bee

Modesto Junior College’s annual Hispanic Education Conference, coming to East Campus March 22, will focus on leadership and feature MJC graduate Tamara Mena as keynote speaker.

The Huffington Post

Tamara Mena, una joven mexicana de 26 años nos sorprendió a todos, cuando el domingo pasado, en el comienzo de la séptima temporada de “Nuestra Belleza Latina”, se presentó ante los jueces Osmel Sousa, Lupita Jones y Julián Gil en silla de ruedas.

Norma Kamali

July 1, 2011 at 7:38am
“Tamara is one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. I have been surrounded by women throughout my career, many famous and accomplished, powerful and gorgeous. My frame of reference is a high standard.

Tamara is on a quest to be sure that women with disabilities are considered to be beautiful, appealing, sexy, and empowered. She is a perfect example. Tamara organized a shoot and proudly wears the scars that empower her like a warrior woman, unstoppable and proud.

I admire her, and think any woman wanting an example of what a strong, beautiful women is like, should look to Tamara for inspiration.” ~ Norma Kamali

Examiner- "A True Fighter"

Tamara Mena a true inspiration and fighter is selected to audition in Miami for Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013 Credit: Facebook

Nuestra Belleza Latina

Los momentos que impactaron por su fuerza o emotividad durante las audiciones de Nuestra B…

Nuestra Belleza Latina

Comenzó la séptima temporada de “Nuestra Belleza Latina”, uno de los shows de mayor rating de Univision y con él la polémica desde la misma preselección al presentarse una joven mexicana a audicionar en silla de ruedas, tres ex Misses y una chica que sale del closet.

SCI Superstar: Tamara

“Stunning right? Tamara Mena, a paraplegic from California, is one of the most positive women you’ll ever meet

The Huffington Post

HuffPost Voces habló en exclusiva con Lupita, quien nos aclaró por qué le dijo que “no” y responde si fue cruel o no aceptarla en la primera audiencia para después rechazarla delante de cámara.

Modelle e Rotelle 2012

I am so thankful to have had the amazing opportunity to have been part of Modelle & Rotelle, the only *high fashion show* with models in wheelchairs, and a ONE OF A KIND event integrating sitting and standing models becoming one.  A shot from the video of me on the runway enjoying every second.


DLM: "Wheelchair Bound?"

In this, our first article, we cover the implication of being “Wheelchair Bound” and what that means in four questions. Read Article

I’m Just Dancing

Growing up in Mexico, the way my family is and the way I was raised, we danced at every get-together. I would always be one of the first to get out on the dance floor, excited to dance and show off my moves! Read Article

Fast Company Article

Ekso Bionics builds robotic exoskeletons that can help paraplegics leave their wheelchairs. All CEO Eythor Bender has to do is create a market for a product that no one knew they wanted.