This young Mangalorian model has scaled heights. Raised in Mumbai at Holy Cross High School in Kurla, Erica Fernandes is independent, bold and beautiful.
The 18 year-old, 5'7" model has an enviable list of accomplishments to her credit. These triumphs include winning Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face 2011 and Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra 2011. It was her “childhood dream to be a model” and she was an “unabashed poser even as a child.” Her father is a former model and Erica wishes to “take a step forward and become an even bigger model someday.” Her first big break was with the B:blunt group of salons and it was from here that her modelling career took off in full swing. “Initially my mom was unsure of my career,” says Erica but soon she had her parents support and encouragement as “they were proud of her resolve and focus towards her chosen career” — she has worked with designers Nishka Lulla and Gavin Miguel on the catwalk and has editorial shoots for Sonia Vajifdar, Neeta Lulla, Gas, CK, B:blunt and Skoda.
Her friendly, fun loving and courageous personality has helped her overcome obstacles in her way. She loves to “try new things and does everything with great determination.” During her down time she “dresses only to please herself and comfort is key.” Erica lists Manish Malhotra and Rocky S as her favorite designers and is a huge fan of Louis Vuitton and Gucci. The eligible model is single, “I am dating my work as that is my first love” and “enjoys sketching, painting, cooking, dancing and singing.” As her focus is on being a supermodel someday, modelling remains Erica’s priority but she is currently also completing her second year for a B.A. degree. Acting is high on her to-do list but she will take her “time to decide on when to start.”
— FARAH PALIA FOR EXPLOSIVE FASHION
Photographs — ERICA FERNANDES