EXCLUSIVE: Erica Mena Talks 'Love & Hip Hop,' Jennifer Lopez and More!

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So you spoke on culture before, what do you embrace most about your culture and being Latina?

Well I’m Puerto Rican and Dominican, so I embrace being able to go to both parades each year. That and the fact that we are such passionate go-getters. Us Latina women are fighters! People refer to me as feisty and I definitely take that label with pride because we are feisty. But at the same time we’re super passionate and we’re very lovable. It’s the best of both worlds.

What are you looking forward to for the holidays?

Being home, doing nothing. If anything, cooking. Just kind of taking the time to relax. We’ve been shooting all summer, it’s crazy. We’ve got dates and all these upcoming projects. The holidays are the time to sit back, take it all in and be grateful.

Let’s talk fashion and beauty a little bit. Could you ever see yourself creating a fashion line? We know you currently have a beauty line, correct?

Yeah, I have a lipstick line by Lady J Cosmetics called Pritty n Pink. We got a new series of colors actually that we just launched recently. So I’m big on the beauty stuff, I’ve always been into appearance and being super girly, as a kid and even more so now. As far as fashion, that’s definitely something I’m trying to step into. But right now, I think it’s so much about the music that once that gets established, all that other stuff will come into play.

What are some of your winter beauty must haves?

I’m Latin, so I do this home remedy thing where it’s mayonnaise, egg yolk, avocado, and olive oil. You mix it up, put it on Sunday morning, clean the house, and then rinse it off Sunday night. That, and an exfoliate with honey and sugar, all over. It’s good for your lips too. Also, lip gloss and mascara.

Any brands in particular?

Benefit has this BADgal lash masacara, which I love. Any kind of lip gloss is fine. I really don’t use that much foundation, so you’ve got to have that tinted moisturizer, bronzer, and call it a day.

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be?

Definitely Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham. Oh, and Celia Cruz, I’m sure she left some fun stuff in there. Also, Sophia Loren, Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek have some nice stuff. But definitely J.Lo she has the ultimate. J.Lo definitely is the place!

Where do you see yourself, 5-10 years down the road?

I want to be the next J.Lo. but the wilder, more free spirited version. I think J.Lo was kind of lucky to be given this structured career. Where me, I really had to be all over the place to get all over the place.

Have you met her?

Yeah, MTV's TRL in my youngin' days. I’ve always been a J.Lo fan. Hopefully I can -- not fill in her shoes -- but be the modernized version of her.

Be sure to watch Erica Mena and the rest of the Love & Hip Hop cast Mondays at 8p.m. on VH1!

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Priscilla Rodriguez, Associate Editor

Priscilla Rodriguez is Latina.com’s Associate Editor. She provides coverage on nearly every topic with a focus on celebrity entertainment. Before hitting the pavement at Latina, Priscilla worked for various outlets including Teen.com, InStyle and Us Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter @priscilrodrig.

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