Erica Mena

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Erica Mena
Erica Jasmin Mena[1]

(1987-11-08) November 8, 1987 (age 34)
Other namesErica Mena Samuels[2]
OccupationTelevision personality, actress, recording artist
Years active2005–present
(m. 2019; div. 2022)
Musical career

Erica Jasmin Mena (born November 8, 1987) is an American television personality and former model and video vixen. She is best known for her appearances on Love & Hip Hop: New York.[3][4]


Mena first gained notoriety as a model[5] and "video vixen", through her appearances in various hip hop music videos, for artists such as Chris Brown, Fabolous, Akon and Fat Joe.[6][7] She became known to a larger audience through her reality television appearances, including Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami and Love & Hip Hop: New York, the original installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise.[8] She has also embarked on a career as an author, releasing the autobiographies Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette[9] and Underneath It All.[10] In August 2017, it was announced that Mena would compete in the first season of VH1's Scared Famous, which premiered on October 23, 2017. In 2018, Erica joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for the seventh season.[11] In 2019, she returned to Love & Hip Hop: New York for its tenth anniversary season.

Personal life[edit]

Mena is openly bisexual.[12] Mena is of Puerto Rican and Dominican ancestry. She graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.[13] She has a son, King Javien Conde (born March 1, 2007) with video director and rapper Raul Conde, a member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad.[14]

Mena was previously engaged to Bow Wow. On December 24, 2018, Mena became engaged to rapper and television personality Safaree Samuels. On October 1, 2019, she announced that she and Samuels were expecting their first child together.[15] On October 7, 2019, she and Samuels married at the Legacy Castle in New Jersey.[16] Their daughter was born in 2020.[17] On May 4, 2021, she announced that she and Samuels were expecting their second child together.[18] On May 25, 2021, TMZ reported that Mena officially filed for divorce from Samuels.[19] Their son was born in 2021.[20]



Year Title Role Note
2005 "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Love interest Chris Brown music video
2009–2010 Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami Herself
2011–2015, 2019–20 Love & Hip Hop: New York Supporting Cast (Season 2)
Main Cast (Seasons 3–5, 10)
2013 The Show with Vinny Guest
The Trisha Goddard Show
Black Ink Crew: New York Herself
2014 106 & Park
CSI: Cyber Brody's Girl
2016–2017 Bad Girls Club Herself Reunion Co-Host
2017 Wild 'n Out Guest Star
Master of None Nikki Episode: "Thanksgiving"
Bad Girls Club: East Meets West Herself Co-Host
Scared Famous Contestant
2018, 2020–present Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Main Cast (Season 7, 10-present)
Supporting Cast (Season 9)
2021 Love & Hip Hop: Secrets Unlocked


  1. ^ "'Love & Hip Hop' Star, Boyfriend Arrested In Johns Creek". October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Erica Mena Samuels (@iamerica_mena) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Design&Trend (December 1, 2015). "Erica Mena Goes Off On Rich Dollaz, Says He's Living A Double-Lifestyle: 'I Have So Much Proof'". Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Longeretta, Emily (September 22, 2014). "Erica Mena".
  5. ^ "Erica Mena & Bow Wow are Over: "He's an Abuser"".
  6. ^ "Video Vixens: A Look at Kimbella and Erica Mena's Music Video Features". January 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Interview: Erica Mena Talks "Love & Hip Hop," Video Vixens, and Her Future in Music". Complex Networks.
  8. ^ "Shad Moss and His Baby's Mother Say Erica Mena Is a Liar". BET.
  9. ^ Mena, Erica (November 1, 2013). Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette. La' Femme Fatale' Publishing. ISBN 9780991020300 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Mena, Erica (April 1, 2013). Underneath It All. La' Femme Fatale' Productions. ISBN 9780988861565 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Bellino, Damian. "VH1 Announces Scared Famous Starring Tiffany Pollard, Drita D'Avanzo, Alaska Thunderf-uck, and More!". VH1 News. Viacom International. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Q&A: Erica Mena Dismisses Rumors That She's Bisexual for Male Attention, Talks Coming Out to Her Family". October 30, 2013.
  13. ^ "Erica Mena – IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Erica Mena on Footage of Her Fighting Son's Father". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Erica Mena Pregnant With Safaree Samuels Baby". October 1, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Erica Mena and Safaree: We're Married!". October 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Love & Hip Hop: New York's Safaree Samuels and Erica Mena Welcome First Daughter Together".
  18. ^ "Love & Hip Hop's Safaree Samuels, Wife Erica Mena Expecting Baby No. 2: 'Time to Get Neutered'". May 4, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Erica Mena Files to Divorce Safaree".
  20. ^ "Safaree Samuels Welcomes Baby No. 2 with Estranged Wife Erica Mena amid Divorce: 'Another Me'". Retrieved June 29, 2021.

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