EXCLUSIVE: Erica Mena Talks Sharing Fabolous With Kimbella & Emily, Calling The Cops & More

I got the opportunity to interview Erica Mena of Love & Hip Hop yesterday and I must say, just when you have someone figured out you can find out that you are quite mistaken. Of course we talked about the show, the infamous fight with Kimbella and what her animosity towards Kimbella was all about. She happily answered every question without tip-toeing around a single answer. Some key things you'll find in the interview is that of course, as always, a lot was edited out of the show making it look like she attacked Kimbella out of the blue. Erica also says that although she regrets the fight, she doesn't regret what she said and how she felt.

 

You can listen to the interview via the Youtube clips below. 

 

ON HER “SOFT PORN” COMMENT ABOUT KIMBELLA…

BA: You’ve done Show Magazine, King Magazine, Smooth Girl…Kimbella most recently, they touched on it on the show, did Black Men Magazine. You described that genre, with Kimbella anyway, as “soft porn”. Do you feel the same way about when you did those magazines?

 

EM: When I did them, you have to remember, I was new to the game but even then I was always very outspoken with things. For instance, with the “Candy Shop” video when I was doing the lead with 50 Cent I was very adamant with the director (Jessy Torrero). I had a bustier on and the scene was in a bed and it was very seductive in that sense already. I kind of spoke out and said ‘Listen, I need some jean shorts in this scene. I need to wear some jean shorts.’ I understand the booty shorts match the bustier… but you know, I’ve always been outspoken in that sense. A lot of girls don’t understand that you canbe that way and I think that’s unfortunate. The video stuff gets stereotyped because of that. A lot of girls are open and willing to do whatever for whatever and don’t realize that you do have control over your image and how you come across and if you don’t speak on it you will get taken advantage of and that’s what they’ll assume you’re down to do.


 


ON HATING KIMBELLA BECAUSE THEY BOTH SHARED FABOLOUS…

BA: I’ve noticed this rumor came out of nowhere and I wanted to give you a platform to either say “yes, this is” or “no, it’s not”. Is there ANY truth to the whole you were dating Fabolous when Fabolous was dating Kimbella when Kimbella was dating Emily rumor?

 

EM: Nooooo!!! Noooooo!! You guys gotta remember I was 17 years old. I was the shyest thing and I was all into the excitement of, ‘Listen, I want to be in Fab’s shoes, I don’t want to be WITH Fab!’ You know what I’m sayin’? I’m trying to be where Fab’s at [professionally] I’m not trying to….No!!! That was never my intention when I got into this game. It was just….No!  No! Sorry!

 

 

 

ON WHY SHE THREATENED TO CALL THE COPS….

BA: What made you call the cops after the fight?

 

EM: What you guys saw was basically me trying to retrieve my posessions back. When the whole thing hit the fan my belongings were taken and no one was giving them back to me. My initial thought was getting off the scene and you know, getting to a familiar place to figure out what just happened. You gotta realize I came to the location with Yandy so you know, I knew I was there by myself. When they weren’t giving me my things, where I come from it’s more about ‘I need to get to my people & figure out whwat just happened’….you know it just happened so fast! They refused to give me my phone and I knew that was the only way and the only persuasion I knew I could give them back my phone. And that’s exactly what happened. As soon as they gave me back my phone I basically called someone to pick me up from the location and I went about doing what I had to do. As far as what you guys saw with the ambulance, that was procedure that production had to do due to the fact that we both had lesions to the face.

 

ON WHETHER SHE REGRETS WHAT SHE SAID…

BA: After it’s all said and done, do you feel bad for any of the things that you said to Kimbella?

EM: No! I don’t regret anything, hell no! I don’t regret how I feel. I just regret that...you gotta realize I’m thinking future-wise for my son, I have a kid and I have to explain this. I have to explain the fact that I took these actions against somebody who I made a statement on national television that she’s not to my level. I have to live with that now that I let this thingget the best of me. I have to explain this to my son now you know, that there’s better ways to do things and if he were to come across this situation as he gets older…..you know what I mean? It’s just a whole different thing now. It’s not like I’m in this world by myself, I have someone who I brought here. But as far as how I feel about her and what I said, No [I don’t regret]! I never will.

 

Erica also talked future ventures including writing a book, a nail polish line and a few successful t-shirt lines. One of the main things I got from her is that she doesn't want the show to discredit her as a model, nor take away from her being a good mother. The main thing she wanted people to take away from the entire Kimbella incident is that women who choose to model should value themselves more and not allow themselves to be completely objectified without moral, all for a quick buck. I guess you could kind of get that from the whole situation.

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Comment by Baller Alert on December 30, 2011 at 9:28am

Good interview Eleven... I still haven't seen that episode though. Guess I'll watch it today.

Comment by Carla Jenkins on December 30, 2011 at 10:37am

Erica is doing the same stuff (nail polish and t-shirt lines) that all of those other wannabes are doing.  She needs anger management and to develop some more skills. She has been modeling for over a decade and this is all that she has to show for it. That's failure especially since Erica has been reduced to reality TV.

Comment by Desiree' on December 30, 2011 at 11:13am

I dont understand how erica can think she is so much better then kimbella when she did the same type of modeling, ended up on the same reality show, and wants the same manager. I mean dam you are trying to get in the same circle as her and then you bash her without even knowing her like that? Eric is messy as hell and i would love to see her pull that off with Crissy!

Comment by Siren on December 30, 2011 at 11:16am

Interesting Interview... I get where she is coming from but when you are secure in your position and confident in it you do not have to explain it or defend it to someone who is not on your level. You do not here the Chanel Iman's and other what I consider to be "real moedls" of the world going in like this. Everyone has a lane if you are comfortable in your place you don't have time to be worried about anyone else. I wish her the best though... I just wish you would have asked her about the video with her and dude she kicked in the face.

Comment by Empowered Woman aka $picey on December 30, 2011 at 11:58am

I won't comment on these grown ass women signing up for these 'reality shows' and then complain when the show is edited to make them look bad for ratings.

SN: any of these 'models' signed to any 'real modeling' agencies like ITM for example? or they never consider to google and try to get in with the 'real agencies'. All I see is them getting a 'manager' to do what everyone else is doing.

Comment by Moving In Silence on December 30, 2011 at 8:39pm

I dont know if its because I dont like her or what but for some reason I feel like shes lieing.

Comment by AKa maddie on December 30, 2011 at 9:21pm

Dollicia is doing good and she has that guy managing her Janero

Comment by TheLadyJosephine on January 1, 2012 at 4:02am

WHAT?!

Erica showed her azz to get some credit on the show, just like Tami starting fights about food stamps.  And the fact that she doesn't see herself like Kimbella makes her delusional.  It's like some trying to explain that a Rottweiler is on a different level than a German Shepard.  You're as dumb as a dog, so just stop.

Comment by LawGurl-Dax on January 5, 2012 at 11:39pm

Looks like Kimbella has more fighting to do ... SMH! Poor Girl..

Two groupies have come forward to allege that Juelz Santana has cheated on his girlfriend Kimbella with them.


http://www.taletela.com/news/12155/groupies-allege-juelz-santana-ha...

Comment by RoyaleT on January 18, 2012 at 11:34am

I am trying my best not to feel some sorta way about Erica but this broad is blowing me.  I have yet to hear her speak sensibly about anything and she is obviously a hypocrite.  I wish she would just be real about her disdain for Kimbella or shut the f*** up about it.  For her to be on a level so much higher then Kim she sure spends alot of time observing and speaking about the "level" Kim is on.  I was never really a Kim fan either but Erica is certainly giving Kim a platform..... 

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