In the year of 1987, on November 8th, one very strong Puerto Rican/Dominican we all know now as Erica Mena was born. Instantly she began to show signs of wanting to be a performer. Jumping in front of the camera and posing or saying something witty every chance she got. After a while, she began to find different role models to look up to such as: Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Selena and her number one role model, Jennifer Lopez. Learning everything she could about each one, she began putting on shows for family and friends.
Hitting the age of 14, Erica decided it was time to chase after her dream. After being in a magazine called, IN Gear, she began to gain modeling jobs right away. What really made her dreams a reality was when MTV aired a “J.Lo Look-a-like contest” where Erica wowed the judges by putting on the best Jennifer Lopez act out there. After winning on this show, Erica was casted to be in her first music video as a lead dancer in “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” by Young Gunz. With her modeling and video girl career taking off, at the age of 16, MTV offered her another show to perform on called “Say What Karaoke”. Erica won this as well, and went on to winning the fans live vote on the shows live segment.
Career & Achievements
After being on these shows, Erica began building her brand. Having being known mostly for being the main love interest in numerous music videos such as Chris Brown’s “Excuse me Miss” and 50 cent’s “Candy Shop”. Erica was still looking for a little more. She then landed a lead spot in a national Tommy Hilfiger campaign. At this time, she began gracing the pages of numerous magazines such as Vibe,XXL, KING, The Source, Hype hair and XXL Magazine also crowned her their “XXL Eye Candy of the Month” in November of 2004. She is also the first ever cover model for Show Magazine which help make it a huge success.
With her images and music videos being seen worldwide, Erica was definitely on the right track towards her dreams. In March of 2007, she welcomed her own pride & joy into the world, King. After King, came to be, Erica’s whole world changed. She realized that it was no longer herself she was fighting for but also her son. Her dream changed from just wanting to be famous performer to wanting to establish a solid future, so that her son can grow up without the struggles she suffered. So back on the grind with a stronger mindset. Beginning to steer away from being just the “Love Interest”, Erica decided to take on one more music video that could launch her acting career. Starring in Akon’s “So Paid” video allowed Erica to show off her acting skills. From being Akon’s accomplice in stealing money, all the way to the end of Akon leaving her high and dry. Erica definitely had audiences all over wanting to see more of her than in just music videos and interviews.
2009, she landed a role on “Kourtney & Khloe: Take Miami” on ENetworks. Working with the Kardashians to open up their Dash store in Miami. Shortly after Erica released her first EPK , Which sparked major interest. VH1 then contacted Erica to be apart of the second season of “Love & Hip Hop (New York)”. Being the “fire cracker” on the show, Erica gained more fans and more opportunities. Having recorded a track with the help of various industry moguls, Erica was able to show off another talent to the world. From there on, the world seemed to be more interested in who Erica is as a person rather than see who she is on television. Wanting the same, Erica decided to venture into being an author.
While still working on the show, Erica released not one but two books. One book, which describes her life in detail, is titled “Underneath it all”. Erica wanted the world to know exactly where she came from and how she came to be. The second book called “Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette”, which describes her love life in detail as a lover of all no matter what.
At the end of 2013, being swamped by questions and suggestions about her style, Erica decided it was time to have the world dress like her. She decided to start designing her own and then launched her clothing line HER by Erica Mena, Inc. With styles that you may have seen her wear to styles that she just loves to wear around the house, HER by Erica Mena is definitely rising with fresh new styles every season.