We got to meet two Erikas last season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Erika Girardi and Erika Jayne. Both sides of the RHOBH rookie's personality are extremely sassy, which may explain why she has such a specific definition for the term "see you next Tuesday." In an interview with MTV News, the pop singer explained her definition of the term: "Confident. Sexy. Take no prisoners. Powerful. Beautiful. Woman."
Erika has never been shy, and she's not holding back when it comes to her stance on the ageism women face in the public eye. "I think for me, growing up in the theater and growing up a singer/dancer, I never really gave it a second thought. And I don’t think women should now. I don’t think anyone should tap you on the shoulder and tell you that it’s time to sit down and retire. Imagine if I told you, 'You know what, you should really hang it up right now.' We as women, we need to do more to support each other. And I think it’s a lot of old rules that are being broken," Erika said. "I’m going to be 45 in July and am I the same person I was at 21? No, but I don’t want to be 21. We have to celebrate everyone the way they are." She then cited Madonna — who's had no shortage of criticism when it comes to her outfit choices or on stage persona in relation to her age (which she has shot down herself on many occasions) — as both a musical inspiriaton and personal role model. "For Madonna, that is my total, 100 percent, inspiration, icon in life and as far as I’m concerned, she looks great," Erika said. "She’s out there doing it just as good as anybody else."
And while Erika noted that she's totally fine going makeup-free in her days off, her Barbie-meets-pop-star style is certainly a twist on the traditional glam the Housewives are known for. "Well, listen, I like clothes, I like fashion. I enjoy playing with it. I think that you can become a lot of different characters with fashion. Some days you may feel very Alexander McQueen and suited up, and other days you might want to be uptown funky fresh — I mean, I know that sounds corny — but you can be a lot of different people. I enjoy playing with clothes," she said. "And the fashion of the other housewives? I mean, hey, that’s their thing. I just like to push it a little."
Long popular within the LGBT community, Erika credits RHOBH for exposing her to a whole new audience. "There are young women and middle-aged women coming to my shows, and they’re coming up to me at the meet-and-greet afterward and they’re saying things like, 'Thank you so much for being yourself and being on stage and inspiring others,' which I would have never thought possible, honestly. So that has been, not only surprising, but very rewarding," she said. "It’s really nice to see that happen."
Check out some photos of Erika in her days before RHOBH, below.