Did Erica Mena Play The Game Or Play Herself: Instagrams Underage Modeling Pic

For throw back Thursday Erica Mena posted a photo of herself in XXL Magazine with the caption "The Youngest EVER to be XXL Magazine Eye candy to this day! Shot in 2004 I'm 26 now ! #Trueveteran YOUNG Boss Hustler at it's BEST #HER Then#HER Even Better NOW." What the Love & Hip Hop star didn't bank on was people doing the math and realizing that 10 years ago when she took the photo she was only 15 or 16. Granted some people may not deem the photo as suggestive, if you think about it being a 15 year old, some people could definitely see it as inappropriate. One commenter writes, "that's crazy you can still catch a child pornography case even 20 years after the fact. But your hustle now is unmatched" and was blocked soon after. 

So what are your thoughts, did Erica Mena play the game or play herself? On one hand, it's great that she has had a career that has spanned 10+ years and in some capacity has maintained relevancy in an industry where you are only allowed a literal 15 minutes. Kudos to that. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, boasting about taking a sexually suggestive photo while you were a minor is just asking for folks to criticize. I know as a parent I'm not letting my 15/16 year old anywhere near a photo shoot like that. Especially not for XXL's "Eye Candy" feature. Do you know who reads XXL for the "Eye Candy" feature? Grown ass men. 

My opinion, she did the shoot at 16. Suggestive or not, it's already done. The smart thing to do would have been to not put out there that she did the shoot as a minor. In doing so you're not only inviting judgement but now we are side-eying XXL for allowing a minor to be half naked in their magazine. 

So what say you?  

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Comment by LivingLikeItsGolden on March 27, 2014 at 3:54pm

tbh, the only reason we're side eyeing it now is because we actually know her age. Even tho I can't stand her attitude, before the show I actually liked her a lot in her HOT modeling days. I always thought she was pretty and like most people, probably thought she was a LOT older than 15-16 years old doing these pictures. It is questionable for the magazine of course but they never released her age during those times (not that I ever recalled at least) and she looked like an adult..so they successful in her passing. I remember her saying she was her own manager for a long time in the modeling game so maybe she even lied about her age? Idk, but I doubt anyone cares now its been too long and u know how many men have whacked off to this already? lol

Comment by Nala on March 27, 2014 at 3:56pm
#heydummy!!!
Comment by mese on March 27, 2014 at 4:16pm
She looks at least 25 in that picture
Comment by SoLuscious on March 27, 2014 at 5:31pm

@Mese I agree. I thought she was about 26 in that pic

Comment by Tone on March 27, 2014 at 5:38pm
I doubt she really is 26.
Comment by James Smith on March 27, 2014 at 6:11pm

Some one @ XXL (if they're still there) is getting fired.

Who doesn't check ID when they get the model to sign the release papers? Either the ID was fake or she's lying.

Comment by AllyNWonderland on March 27, 2014 at 6:33pm
I'm sorry, she looks OLD AS F*** in those pics. For some reason I think this is a lie. Is XXL speaking out?
Comment by Formally Known as Ginger on March 27, 2014 at 7:46pm

I remember that XXL spread but I just think she is lying about her age nobody wants to be a day older than 25 these days.

Comment by SMSLove on March 27, 2014 at 8:25pm
What's the difference between this and a under age model walking down the runway with pasties or barley there fabric... Erica been grown, have yall read her book..
Comment by Sissy on March 28, 2014 at 7:00am

Her face does not look like a 15-16 year old face in these pics...Hell, she doesn't look 26 now.  I think she's in her 30s.

I'm going to need her to followup with a pic of the front and back of a state ID lol

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