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“Once you open my book, you'll see it's much more,” informs in-demand beauty Erica Mena. XXL definitely co-signs that, but simply perusing the Boricuan/Dominican Chiquita split's edible surface makes it easy to misconstrue her as just for show. She's candy-coated visuals for artists in almost every genre of urban music from Houston to Nina Sky to the Young Gunz, but has blasted off in this year's fourth quarter with features in Fab's “Breathe” and Mobb Deep and Lil Jon's “Real Gangstaz.” Still, like her favorite group, Erica doesn't want y'all to get it twisted. “People tend to think ‘She's just a very pretty face.' But the sexiest thing about me is I keeps it real,” begins the Yankee Stadium neighbor from inside a Starbucks in midtown Manhattan. “I don't like to beat around the bush or make things seem like they are what they aren't.”

“I like to add variety to what I do, so basically [my career's] like a big pot of rice and beans,” she analogizes between sexy sips of chai latte. “You add the sofrito, add the sazòn, you add the adobo and the final product gets demolished. That's how I want my career: very tasteful. I want people to ask for seconds.

Cutie's aforementioned drive is hereditary, though. “My mother,” begins the Austarr, Inc. All-Star. “All her life, she's struggled to support her three girls and take us out of the Bronx. And though she finally got her new house, just seeing my mother every day working hard—sometimes not coming home because she was working so much—helped me. If it wasn't for her ambition and drive, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. How would I know what working hard is if I didn't learn from the best?”

With Erica's Most-Likely-To-Succeed energy and cheerleader package you'd probably automatically pair her with some pretty-boy jock, but according to the spicy dish, “it's not even about the physical.” “I'll go to the club and watch a guy all night and peep the little things, like the way he goes to the bar, how he mingles with his friends,” she says. “It's rare, but I'll step to a dude in a minute. From there, you know I gotta put it on him to let him know where it's at and then from there you work and see where it goes.” And Erica's never been one to shy away from hard work.

MUSIC VIDEOS//
Akon ft. Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne- "I'm So Paid"
Young Gunz (ROC-A-FELLA Records)- "Can't Stop Won't Stop"
Fabolous-"Breathe"
Fabolous-"Baby Don't Go"
David Banner- "Touching"
Nina Sky- "Move Ya Body"
Bow Wow- "Fresh Asimiz"
Houston- "Ain't Nothing Wrong"
50 Cent- "Candy Shop"
Chris Brown- "Yo, Excuse Me Miss"
Fat Joe - "Lean Back"
Bobby Valentino feat Lil Wayne- "Tell Me"
Young Jezzy- "Trap Star/ Go Crazy"
Pitbull ft Twister- "Get Down Hit the Floor"
T.I.- "What You Know"

PRINT ADS//
Azzure Ad 2002 Lusters Hair 2005 Roca Wear 2004 Bella honey- spokes and print model Chingy album cover- Powerballin

COMMERCIALS//
Tommy Hilfiger fall 2003
Akon album promo 2008

MAGAZINES//
Show Magazine-Cover
King Magazine -Bangin
Hype Hair- Bridal Look
XXL magazine -November eye candy
The Source
Smooth Girl- Overnight Celebrity
Blow Magazine
Vibe Magazine
Don Diva Magazine

LINKS//
twitter.com/Erica_Mena
iamericamena.com

To book Erica for any event or photoshoot, please send a message: EricaMenaManagement@gmail.com


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