Written by Melanie Burton, April 20, 2016

With her bonkers blonde weaves, plump lips and oh-so-sassy one-liners, Erika Girardi regularly steals the show on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.

But rewind a few years and the larger-than-life star – whose alter ego is the highly sexual dance-pop star Erika Jayne – was quite the shrinking violet! WTF, right?!

At the beginning of her marriage to top US lawyer Thomas Girardi, 76, Erika hardly wore any make-up – let alone sheer jumpsuits and vajayjay pasties.

And she isn’t afraid to reveal how her life and look transformed after meeting Tom in 1999.

“I grew up a very middle-class kid. I certainly did not grow up the same way I live now,” she spills.

“Yes, I have implants and I had a nose job when I was 41 years old, so now I can breathe.”

But the performer was always inside her. And while Erika tells NW she was sometimes bullied for her flamboyant nature, she’s too fierce to let it get to her.

“I’ve always been a little different than others, but nothing I couldn’t handle,” she says, insisting her self-belief has grown over time.

“I am a much more confident, centred person in my 40s than I was in my 20s.”

You go, sista!

RHOBH 8.30pm Wednesday on Arena


Erika before her transformation. Age isn’t a factor when you have the “same philosophy [on] life,” she says of hubby Tom.


Post show … #erikajayne #theprettymess #NYC #showgirl ????

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Erika now

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