If you want solid proof that your background can’t stop you from having a truly great future, just look at the actress, author, model, and artist Erica Mena. Despite her crazy and very bad upbringing and family background, Erica Mena has not let her head hang down and has tried hard to keep her flair for the performing arts, which has paved her way to fame over time. Here are some interesting things you might want to know about Erica Mena.
Biography (Age, Ethnicity)
Erica Mena was born on November 8, 1987, in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of an abusive father and mother who loved anything to do with drugs more than their children and was practically raised by her older sister. Her mother was eventually arrested and taken away. Although she was born in the Bronx, Erica Mena is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent.
Since she has no special information about her educational background because she was unable to complete her schooling, the beautiful and talented Erica kept an eye on the camera from an early age. The kind of education she received tamed her and gave her the determination to build a better life than the one she had grown up in.
At the age of 14, she boldly ventured into modeling and appeared in MTV’s Jennifer Lopez Look-alike contest, which she used as a springboard to introduce herself to an eagerly awaited audience. She emerged as the winner and rode on that fame to make a name for herself and gain recognition in the industry. As a model, she appeared in music videos for famous artists such as Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Akon, Lil Wayne, and several others.
Erica Mena has posed for and appeared on the covers of a number of magazines, including MAXIM, King Magazine, The Source, SHOW Magazine, XXL Magazine, and others. In addition to her first television debut, where Jennifer Lopez looked similar, she made a major appearance in Love and Hip Hop, Erica Mena also appeared in Kourtney and Kim Take over Miami, where she worked as a sales consultant, but was fired because of her attitude toward customers and her boss.
In her quest to expand her world and earn some awards, Erica turned to write and wrote three books: “Underneath It All” (in which she talked about herself, her family and everything else), “Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette” (in which she talked about her love life) and “Feather Bone”.
So far, Erica has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry not only as a model or reality TV star but also as the published author of Underneath It All. She is also known for her sense of clothing, which has captivated her over time, which has led to her own fashion line. Erica Mena’s total net assets amount to $350,000.
Erica Mena’s Relationship With Bow Wow
Shad Gregory Moss, popularly known by his stage name Bow Wow, had what many considered the perfect love affair. At first, we didn’t think it was serious, but it turned out that we were all wrong when he asked the big question, to the surprise of many.
The lovebirds met at Bow Wow’s hit music show 106 & Park, which featured Erica. Shortly after the show the two of them officially started dating. Interestingly, it wasn’t even six months later when the couple watched them walk the red carpet together at the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards. When she was asked if Bow Wow was really her boyfriend, she said yes and made it more interesting by saying he was her fiancé.
In 2015, rumors were circulating that the seemingly beautiful couple was no longer together, so it seemed that the love spell would not last forever. When she was called to come clean, Erica described Mena Bow Wow as “an abuser.
Baby Father and Son
Erica’s love life was not entirely uncomplicated, as she was associated with “friends” such as Rich Dollaz and Raul Conde, but her relationship with the latter was serious enough to see them married. At the age of 19, the TV star had her first child, a son she named King Conde. The marriage was short-lived, however, as both are now divorced and Erica raises her son as a single mother.
The American vixen is said to have introduced her son in the new season of Love and Hip-Hop to show that her first duty is that of a mother, and she has done well in raising a polite and well-behaved son. The boy’s father, Raul Conde, is an American rapper and member of the rap group Terror Squad.