Model & Entrepreneur Erica Liliana Mendez grew up in Houston, Texas as the daughter of Ricky and Gloria Mendez. Standing at 5'7 feet tall, Mendez is the embodiment of a diverse ethnic background, including Spanish, African American, and Native American. She graduated from Frassati Catholic High School in the top 10% of her class, which earned her an academic scholarship to Texas Tech University. She has went on to model for various clients, before setting her sights on entrepreneurship. Currently, she is working on her own lip gloss line, memoir and boutique.