Into the Safari with Founder of Moda Illustrated: Mariale Ramirez

Go behind the scenes in our interview with our Power Woman of the Month, Mariale Ramirez, founder of Moda Illustrated.
Makamas Power Women of the Month are leaders in our communities who are talented, inspirational and empower women wether through entrepreneurship, creativity or philanthropy. Founder of ModaIllustrated, Mariale Ramirez, bridged her talent, passion and business knowledge to create a place where style and art meet ever so beautifully.
  1. What inspired Moda Illustrated?

Moda Illustrated was created shortly after I started a Fashion Design course. Although I have a degree in Marketing, I’ve always wanted to be in the industry, and taking these classes definitely reminded me of how much I love to draw. I am passionate about art and fashion, so it’s the perfect combination.


  1. What key piece of advice do you have for someone wanting to go into blogging?

Be genuine. There is a lot of great and talented bloggers out there, so being true to yourself is the thing that can set you apart (and help you stay focused through tough times).


  1. What are some of your most popular illustrations?

So far this year these have been my most popular Instagram posts:


  1. What fashion illustrations are you most proud of? Why? (please share links for our readers)

During the holidays someone commissioned me with an illustration that was going to be a present. The request was to draw a friend hugging her grandfather who had recently passed away.  It was moving and it felt really special to be able to create a memento like that for someone else.

Also, I recently illustrated Amal Clooney at the premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” and I am in love with the result. I think it really captured the texture of the dress and that proud expression she had in all the pictures from the red carpet.


  1. Where do you get your fashion illustration style from?

My illustrations have definitely evolved from taking Fashion Design lessons; however, I’ve always had certain “look” to my drawings. I believe it reflects my personality and how much I love all things that makes us feel happy and beautiful inside and out.

  1. Describe your personal style and what are the key pieces to your look.

I would say feminine and classic. Usually, I prefer structure, texture and detailing rather than a heavy pattern, but I am not afraid of wearing something completely different if I love it! Since I live in Miami clothes made out of lightweight fabrics are a must. The finishing touch of course for a night out is a pair of chic heels.

  1. Describe what you are wearing today.

Blue jeans and a long-sleeved black shirt

  1. Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?

Carolina Herrera

  1. What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

I am also loving this year’s Gucci’s ready-to-wear collections (both Spring and Fall). They are full of personality and detailing!

  1. What’s the one wardrobe essential you can’t live without?

My wedding rings

  1. When you can’t think of anything to wear, what’s your go-to outfit?

Skinny jeans, graphic tee and my white Converse

  1. Let’s say you’re the Fashion Police. What trend would you get rid of?

The “Naked Dress”

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t worry about what other people think

  1. What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs?

I have not been in this path for too long, but so far I’ve learned that the most important part when trying to start something is actually getting started. I am constantly adapting and learning from whatever comes my way, but I wouldn’t have learned any of it or be where I am had I waited for the “perfect time” or the “perfect product”.

  1. What made you want to be an entrepreneur?

I saw my dad build his business from the ground up when I was a child, so you could say the concept has been “in my system” for forever.  

  1. What’s a typical day in your life?

My studio is in my house, so I wake up, make breakfast, answer emails and schedule my day depending on my to-do list. I have a more productive day when I draw in the mornings but I don’t always have the time, especially since I help another company with its social media. The amount of workload from Moda Illustrated varies, so I am constantly changing my “routine” and adjusting it according to my personal agenda as well.

  1. What’s your favorite random act of kindness that you’ve either done or received?

Donating presents for kids during the Holidays :)


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