This week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sees Erika Girardi head back to Georgie to get back in touch with her roots.
She’s soon to be a contestant on Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars, where she’ll use her stage name Erika Jayne.
Jayne? Girardi? Just who is the RHOBH star and fan favorite when she’s at home?
Erika grew up in Atlanta and took an interest in the performing arts from a young age.
At 18 Erika moved to New York City to try and make it in the music industry, joining a number of girl groups but without initially finding success.
She married her first husband and had a son, but the feisty blonde was determined to make it big and left for LA to continue her pursuit of musical stardom.
In LA Erika met her current husband, trial lawyer Thomas Girardi, who is famous for the Pacific Gas & Electric case, winning $333million in compensation for 650 residents of Hinkley, California, after contaminated water caused numerous cancers. The events of the case are depicted in the movie Erin Brockovich.
Under her stage name Erika Jayne, Erika eventually found fame in the dance music genre. Her debut single Rollercoaster shot straight to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Party Chart.
Her debut album, Pretty Mess, was also a massive success and she has since had nine number 1 hits and even did a ‘colab’ with Flo Rida.
Erika went on to start her own record label and her most recent hit, Xxpen$ive, gives a tongue-in-cheek commentary on her own glamorous lifestyle. She created a music video for the single with an 80s Miami Vice vibe.
One of Erika’s other great loves is fashion. She regularly shares her glamorous fashion moments with her followers on Twitter and Instagram and recently told Vogue that her style icons are Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe.
In 2015 Erika join the cast of RHOBH for its 6th season shaking things up with her sassy attitude and giving fans an insight into her glam, pop lifestyle. Much of her screen time initially centered on her friendship with former co-star Yolanda Hadid.
Erika has also dabbled in acting and had small roles in 1996 crime-drama Lowball and more recently in the 2016 TV movie Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens.
Erika brings fun, energy, and style to RHOBH and we can’t wait to see where the future takes her.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.