Erica Mena | Childhood, Career, & Gossip

Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a popular American model born in New York in 1987. Apart from being a supermodel, she is also a popular media personality, an entrepreneur, and an author. At the moment, she is most recognized for her role in Love & Hip-Hop: New York as she starred in it from 2011 and up to 2015.

Early life

Erica was born and raised in Brooklyn. Growing up, both of her parents had drug issues. Her father was a known drug dealer while her mother peddled drugs very often and ended up in jail several times.

This meant that her father had to take care of her until she was 5 years old and during that period, he abused her. When her mother was released from prison, she cared for her. A large majority of Erica’s childhood is unknown as well as her education and academic achievements.


Erica started her work in the modeling industry while she was very young. When she was just 14 years old, she won her first contest for a Jennifer Lopez lookalike. Since that moment Erica was serious about modeling really and started to work for many different agencies.

However, she didn’t achieve mainstream success until 2009 when she was a part of the popular Kardashian spin-off Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami. After being featured on the show, her career skyrocketed.

In the News

Mena is no stranger to the headlines. In 2016, rumors flew that she had been secretly dating Trina, a female rapper. This wouldn’t be a big deal if she wasn’t romantically involved in another relationship at the time.

There have also been many rumors and stories from tabloids which indicated that Erica was abused by Bow Wow when she gave an interview about their relationship after their breakup. However, nothing has been proven after that statement nor has there been any official investigation. Mena is now happily engaged to rapper Safaree.

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