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.