Erica was diagnosed with potentially fatal Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma on March 28, 2013. Her journey to survive her battle with cancer was very trying, but after overcoming her obstacles, Erica is very passionate about inspiring people to have the desire to survive any challenges that they may face in their lives.After surviving her fight against cancer, Erica decided she want to get into the business of fashion modelling because that has always been one of her aspirations as a young girl.
Erica, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
Erica walked in her first cancer awareness fashion "Alive Again" event in 2014. After seeing how much she loved walking the runway, wearing beautiful designer pieces and all of the beautiful photography, she then decided that she want to take fashion modelling on fully.Also as a cancer survivor, Erica passion is to help give HOPE unto patients and their families affected by the disease. She wants to inspire individuals to go after their dreams no matter what challenges come into their lives.
Who is your inspiration in life Erica? How do you keep inspired?
Individuals fighting to survive the toughest fight of their lives against cancer inspires me to be the best advocate for cancer awareness I can be. It also inspires me never to be afraid to be the best Curvy Model I can be because of what I went through just a few short years ago battling Stage IV Cancer.
We all make mistakes Erica; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
In the few years, I've been a model; I have never come into a disagreement with another fellow model and with my bubbly personality, I don't plan on having any. My focus is always on the job, so I try to stay in my lane and mentally focus on hitting the runway or preparing for a great shoot.
Erica, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
When giving a modelling job, I always am sure to ask the client(s) what they need and expect of me. Once those directions are given, I plan and prioritise properly in order to provide them with 1000%
Please tell us, Erica, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
As a model and in my everyday life, most of the times I try to stay focus and in order with all that I do. I'm not perfect by any means so I try to configure the best system(s) that will help keep me in order as a model.
Erica, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I would have to say because I have a good attitude and treat people with kindness if I speak about something pertaining to possibly making a job better, in most cases my idea is taking into consideration.
Erica, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My first fashion modelling event at the "Alive Again" cancer awareness show was my proudest moment. As a survivor, it meant so much to me to show others that it's nothing in life impossible.
Erica, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Honestly, I don't feel that I've done anything out of this world creative yet. But it's coming soon.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would say to them to be themselves, be authentic, never give up on their journey to be an awesome model and to always know that their beauty is not just on the outside but also on the inside (keep a kind person in this industry BUT don't allow the industry to be unkind unto them).
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking to collaborate with fashion clothing designers, T.V., International Fashion events, etc.
Photographer: Andre Dunston @epicmediaphotography Brian Tru @briantruLeroy Armstead @leroy_armsteadMiranda D @catherineraephotography