Erika Jayne

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Erika Jayne
Born Erika Chahoy
(1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 46)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Other names Erika Girardi
Education North Atlanta High School for the Performing Arts
  • Singer-songwriter
  • dancer
  • television personality
  • actress
Years active 2007–present
Television The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Thomas Zizzo

Thomas Girardi (m. 1999)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
  • EJ
  • RM
  • Pretty Mess
Associated acts

Erika Girardi (born 10 July 1971), known professionally as Erika Jayne, is an American singer, actress and television personality.[1] Raised in Atlanta, Girardi came to prominence with the release of her debut single "Roller Coaster", which topped the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2007; it was included on her debut studio album Pretty Mess in 2009. Jayne has attained nine number-one songs on the Dance Club Songs chart as of 2016, most recently "How Many Fucks". She is ranked #42 on Billboard's 100 Greatest of All Time Dance Club Artists.[2][3]

In 2015, Girardi became a recurring cast member on the sixth season of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, followed by her role on Dancing with the Stars in 2017.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Atlanta to a single mother, Renee Chahoy.[4] Her mother, a fellow actress and a pianist, was only 18 when she gave birth to Girardi. She had a close relationship with her grandparents, Hollis and Ann Peek.[5] Girardi’s grandfather whom she called “the only father I’ve ever known,” died in July 2010 at the age of 81.[6] Her grandmother died of Alzheimer's disease in November 2014 at the age of 86. “My grandmother and I used to speak on the phone for an hour every day about nothing. When those phone calls stopped, that was the hardest. Because I knew she could no longer communicate. I had always gotten such strength and such love from those phone calls and when they stopped, it was a real marker of, ‘This is over, Erika. The woman that you know is no longer,” she said in an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Jayne attended North Atlanta High School. She enrolled in a magnet program for the performing arts in high school, saying, "That’s where you really learned to love the stage and really hone your early performing skills. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world."[7] At 18, she moved to New York City. She performed as a member of several girl groups while living in New York. During this time she got married to her first husband and gave birth to a son. A few years later she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a singer and performer.[8]


Jayne started her career in the 1990s by appearing in small roles in several film and television productions, including High Incident, Lowball and Alchemy.[9][10][11] Staying true to her love of music, Jayne's first dance music single "Roller Coaster" was released on January 1, 2007. The song placed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Jayne's debut album Pretty Mess, was released in the United States on August 11, 2009.[12] Jayne also co-wrote several songs on her album. The other singles from the album were "Stars", "Give You Everything" and "Pretty Mess". The album spawned a total of four US number-one singles. She released three different music video versions of "Give You Everything". The music videos were directed by feature film director Marty Thomas.[13] Jayne supported the release of Pretty Mess with tour dates and appearances at festivals and clubs across the United States. In November 2010, Jayne announced the creation of her own record label, Pretty Mess Records.[14]

In November 2011, she released her No. 1 single "Party People (Ignite the World)". Music critics gave the song positive reviews.[15] In 2012, she recorded "All Things Aside", that was released for the soundtrack to comedy film The Watch starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Her music has also been featured in films, such as The Neighbor, Deal and reality television show Toddlers and Tiaras. In 2013, she released a single featuring American rapper Flo Rida, "Get it Tonight". The music video for the song garnered over three million views on YouTube and was well received by fans. In September 2014, Jayne achieved her seventh number one dance single with "PAINKILLR".[16] The single "Crazy", featuring Maino was released on February 15, 2015. The song was produced by Scott Storch and Mikey Minden served as a music video director. A music video for the song features Jayne dancing in an underground club with an entourage of dancers.[17] She has a new album in the works through a joint venture with Pretty Mess Records and New Nation Live label, distributed by Universal. Jayne released her new single "How Many Fucks" on April 19, 2016.[18]

In 2015, she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's sixth season.[19] She soon became a fan favorite on the show and her appearance was well received by the public.[20] In July 2016, she appeared in the science fiction television film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. In October 2016, Jayne appeared on the Animal Planet series Tanked, in the episode "Real Aquariums of Beverly Hills".[21][22] On November 7, 2016, Entertainment Weekly broke news that Jayne would guest-star on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Farrah Dubose, and would share scenes with her Real Housewives co-star, Eileen Davidson.[23] Jayne performed her latest single "XXpen$ive" for the first time on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 4, 2017.[24] Music video for the single was officially released on February 15, 2017. She described the song as "over-the-top, fabulous and fun.”[25] In May 2017, the song was featured on an episode of Saturday Night Live as Chris Pine and Bobby Moynihan held a lip sync battle to the song.[26]

On March 1, 2017, Jayne was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko who had been previously partnered with Jayne's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star, Lisa Vanderpump when she competed in Season 16.[27] They were the fourth couple eliminated from the competition, finishing 9th place.[28] In July 2017, Jayne announced she had partnered with make up brand BeautyBlender. The Beautyblender Swirl starring Jayne became available at Sephora on July 8, 2017.[29] On July 18, 2017, Jayne announced her plans to release her first book, a tell-all memoir called Pretty Mess.[30] “I hope my intimate story can inspire readers to become their own strong, confident and vibrant pretty messes," she said in the book's press release.[31] The book is slated for release in March 2018 by publisher Gallery Books, and will let fans into her early days as a dancer and singer and later into her life as a Real Housewife as well as her marriage to Thomas Girardi.[32][33] In August 2017, it was announced by media outlets, that she is collaborating with Too Faced Cosmetics, potentially on new products.[34][35] She is the face of Too Faced's "Better Than Sex Shoe" campaign in October 2017.[36] The stiletto was inspired by the "Better Than Sex Mascara", one of the brand's best-selling products.[37] She appeared as a guest co-host on E!'s Fashion Police in September 2017.[38] She appeared on the holiday cover of CVLUX magazine, as well as a Christmas-themed photo shoot for Paper magazine.[39]

Public image[edit]

She has been named a dance-pop diva and dance sensation by the public.[40] Described as being "sassy, fun and provocative" when performing on stage, Jayne has said that she originally created the alter ego "Erika Jayne" to keep that stage persona separate from who she really is. She described Erika Jayne as being "a fantasy character", despite being "a real part of me, but not 24 hours a day."[41] She has appeared on several magazine editorials and front covers, including Billboard, LGBT Weekly, Flaunt and Celebrity Page.[42] In December 2017, Kim Kardashian's mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood added Jayne as a new virtual character as a part of a special quest for players.[43][44] Jayne's stage performances and travels have also been created into a book by photographer Marco Bollinger.[45] Jayne has received praise for her stage presence and voice during live performances.[46]

Jayne supports the LGBT community worldwide and "feels at home with the community," as she has several gay friends. She is considered a gay icon, and the gay community has embraced her as a pop culture icon.[47] She often performs at LGBT events and festivals. She was named "News Ally Entertainer of 2015" at the LGBT Ally Awards in recognition of her ongoing support for the rights and equality of LGBT people around the world.[48]

Jayne names Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe as her style icons. She has also discussed how her mother and grandmother have been a continuing inspiration to her.[49]

Personal life[edit]

Jayne married her first husband Thomas Zizzo in New York and together they have a son, Thomas Zizzo, Jr. After their divorce, she relocated to Los Angeles.[50] In 1999, Jayne married attorney Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in downtown Los Angeles. She lives in Pasadena with her husband and son.[51] She is good friends with her former The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star Yolanda Hadid.[52] She also has a Dutch Shepherd dog.[53] "I'm kind of a tomboy. I like to fish. I love to stay outdoors. I'm a big sports fan and go to games," she said during an interview with SheKnows in 2009.[54][55]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Pretty Mess
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Label: E1 Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Single Peaks Album

2007 "Roller Coaster" 1 Pretty Mess
"Stars" 1
2009 "Give You Everything" 1
2010 "Pretty Mess" 1
"One Hot Pleasure" 1 Non-album singles
2011 "Party People (Ignite the World)" 1
2013 "Get It Tonight" (featuring Flo Rida)
2014 "Painkillr" 1
"You Make Me Wanna Dance"
2015 "Crazy" (featuring Maino) 1
2016 "How Many Fucks" 1
2017 "Xxpensive" TBA

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "Just a Phase" (Retro Version) The Neighbor (Music from the Motion Picture)
2012 "All Things Aside" The Watch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Year Title Role Notes
1996 High Incident Cindy Butterworth Credited as Erika Chahoy[59]
2015–present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main housewife (Season 6–Present)
2016 Tanked Episode: "Real Aquariums of Beverly Hills"
The Young and the Restless Farrah Dubose Guest Role; 2 episodes

15 December 2016 and 24 April 2017

2017 Live from the Red Carpet Herself / Host "The 2017 Grammy Awards" (February 12, 2017)
Fashion Police "The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards" (Season 7, Episode 709)
American Music Awards Pre-Show "The 2017 American Music Awards" (November 19, 2017)
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 24
1995 Alchemy Kitty Credited as Erica Chahoy
1996 Lowball Kate Credited as Erika Chahoy
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Tech Frances

Published works[edit]

  • Pretty Mess (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2015 LGBT Ally Awards News Ally Entertainer[60] Won
2016 The Bravos Awards The Sorry Not Sorry Award[61] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Won
Best Jumpsuit Achievement[62] Nominated
The Real Housewives Awards Secretary of Shade[63] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
Secretary of Interior Design[64] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
2017 The Real Housewives Awards Most Likely to Succeed (in Reading)[65] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
Best Friends (shared with Kyle Richards)[66] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
Best Style[67] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Won

See also[edit]


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