Erica Mena is an American reality TV actress, author, recording artist and model. She was born on November 8, 1987 in Bronx, New York City, New York. She is of Puerto Rican & Dominican decent.
Having started her modeling career after winning the "Jennifer Lopez Look-Alike" contest, she rose to fame through the reality TV series Love & Hip Hop: New York. She is set to appear in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in 2018.
Erica stared her carrer as a model after winning the "Jennifer Lopez Look-Alike" contest on MTV. At the age of 16, she posed in a semi nude spread for XXL magazine. After that, management firm Roc-a-fella discovered the young Latina and signed her. She went on to be featured in a music video for the label's group, Young Gunz, named "Can't Stop, Won't Stop". She would further go on to be featured in several music videos such as Chris Brown's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)", 50 Cent's "Candy Shop", and Fabolous's "Breathe".
Even before her days as a model, She was very close with the Kardashians, specially Kourtney And Khloe. She worked for them at thier Dash Boutique in Miami but was let go due to her poor work ethic and bad communication skills. She was featured on an episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami where we could see Erica being fired by the Kardashian sisters.
Love and Hip Hop: New York (2011-15)
Erica finally rose to fame after joining the supporting cast in the 2nd season of reality Vh1 series Love and Hip Hop: New York in 2011. She then joined the main cast for seasons 3-5. The series was highly popular and Erica gained fame through her role.
Throughout her time in the series, Erica got into multiple high-profile fights. Firstly, she got into a fight with cast-mate Kimbella Vanderhee which turned ugly very soon. It was later revealed that the bad blood between them was actually devised by another cast-mate Yandy. However, people accused it of being nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Another incident came when Erica's song was handed over to Olivia by another cast member Rich. This made Erica furious and she let Rich know about it. Rich later apologized for it.
Post Hip Hop and Love work
Since starring in Love and Hip Hop: New York, she has been associated with multple reality TV shows and other shows as well. Her work of note include 106 & park, CSI: Cyber, Bad Girls Club: Social Disruption, Wild 'n Out, Master of None and Bad Girls Club: East Meets West.
In 2017, she was a contestant in the TV show Scared Famous. One year later, she again joined the cast of Love & Hip but changed cities by joining Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta for it's seventh season.
She also has written 2 books: Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette and Underneath It All.
Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Love life
Having been given the title "Drama Queen", Erica has been with her fair share of men and women. Let's track down Erica's boyfriends and girlfriends chronologically.
She dated Fabolous in the early 2000s when she appeared in his music video "Breathe". Thier relationship didn't last long though.
With Fabolous no longer Erica's boyfriend, she was seen with New York radio star DJ Envy. Detais about thier break up are not known.
Then she was seen with a rapper named Kejuan Muchita, also known as Havoc. After thier breakup, there were rumors that she had sexual relationship with Havoc as well as his crewmate. However, Erica denied this.
Though much details are not avialable, it is rumored that Scott was Erica's boyfriend from 2005-2006.
Raul is the father of Erica's son named King. They had a troublesome relationship as Erica was seen beating Raul on the street, which can be seen in this video.
Rich and Erica dated for approx. a year in 2012-2013. No facts about their breakup is known.
She dated Chinx in 2013 but their relationship abruptly ended after Chinx was killed while taking photos and driving.
Shad Moss (Bow Mow)
Probably her most famous relationship was with Shad Moss, also known as Bow Mow. They started dating in 2014 and got engaged 6 months later. She was also pregnant during this time.
They broke up in late 2014 and she miscarriged the baby. She accused her ex-fiance Moss of physical abuse and also said he used to abuse the mother of his child Joie Chavis. But, both Chavis and Moss denied this. You can see Erica ranting about it below.
Erica has had a fair share of women in her life too. Let's look at those we know.
Erica and Estelita
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Erica had a on again off again sexual relationship with Love and Hip Hop co-star Estelita for a number of years.
Erica dated Santana for over a year from 2013-2014. This classified Erica as a bi-sexual. Erica still loves Cyn and indicates it freely. However, Santana is now married to Joe Budden and they have a kid as well.
Tirina, also known as Hip Hop Bi**h, dated Erica in 2014. They were seen snuggling collectively on numerous occasions.
She is currently dating former basketball player Cliff Dixon. She shared a picture of them kissing on Instagram. But there are indications that they might have already broken up. Erica took to instagram to accuse Cliff of "pushing her away". Cliff responded by calling her a hoe further implying he is no longer Erica's boyfriend.
Erica Mena and Cliff Dixon
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Net Worth, Earnings
Being a model, reality TV star and a aspiring singer, She has earned quite a lot of money. She has multiple big money modelling contracts. We can see her wearing fancy clothes and expensive diamond earrings at events. She owns a nice house in Florida. She once bought her then boyfriend Bow Wow a brand new BMW I8. She herself drives a BMW X5. As of 2018, her estimated net worth is about half a million dolalrs ($500,000).