Friendspiration Friday: ERICA

Introducing this inspiring and gorgeous model— Erica!! 

Erica was born and raised in sunny California. She started modeling when she was just 14 years old, and moved to New York City at the age of 16. Erica is signed with Wilhelmina's curve division, and since then has been able to model and travel all over the country! From shooting for Seventeen Magazine, many catalogs, and being interviewed by People Magazine, Erica has had countless "opportunities of a lifetime"-- despite what others may have thought about her chasing after her dream of modeling. 

Recently, Erica was on the front cover of Women's Running magazine with a 5-page spread, and has received a ton of attention because she is the first "plus-size" model to make the cover of a running magazine! She has been interviewed on many talk shows, gotten to be a spokesmodel at the Teens Choice Awards representing "Body Confidence" and more! I am extremely inspired by Erica. In such a short amount of time, she has truly accomplished so much! I met Erica a little over 2 years ago, and what I admire so much about her is that no matter what opportunity or criticism comes her way, she has always been comfortable in her own skin. To me, she has been the perfect spokesmodel for body confidence all along because she respects herself! She is happy with who she is, and is willing to step out and fight for her dreams, Not to mention, she is only 18 years old and starting college this fall!

Can't wait to see what the future holds for you, Erica! 

See Erica's modeling portfolio here: Wilhelmina

Xo- Tara

First two photos shot by James Farrell // Second two shot by Enrique Vega