Click above to watch Erica talk about her life after You’re Cut Off, and whether it’s changed as a result of the show. Below, she further explains her time on the show in writing…
The show changed my life in the sense that now I know what is like to live without the things that I’ve been so fortunate to have. I can never go back to taking those things for granted or to taking my parents for granted again. I know how lucky I am to not have to stress financially and to be able to have and do the things that I want. I do my own grocery shopping now and I’m somewhat price-conscious whereas before I didn’t even look at or consider price. Also, I actually picked up a box of wine the other day and, much to their amusement, I served it to some guests the other night!
My mom really meant in when she told me that I can only have a maid once a week instead of two or three times a week, like I was used to before the show. I clean up for myself a little bit and occasionally attempt to make my bed, but around Day 4, my apartment starts looking pretty messy and could use a good cleaning for my maid. I must admit that if I’m really desperate, I hire another maid to clean my apartment another time that week and paying for it out of my monthly budget ;)
Subconsciously, I’ve become more resourceful as a result of the show. For example, I’m staying in L.A. for the summer and I drove my car out from Houston instead of shipping it and flying. I rented the cheapest apartment that I could find. Although it is still expensive, it is not as bad as it could be. The other day when I was meeting Jackie in Vegas for the 4th of July, instead of buying a plane ticked I drove. My friends were like, “What’s happened to you? The old you would have never have done this!” It made me feel happy to know that I have changed. One thing that won’t change is maintaining my appearance and going in for my Botox and lip injections every few months. I’m even discovering more things that need injecting! I don’t mind that about myself, since my dad is a plastic surgeon it is not too costly and he makes sure that I do not go overboard or anything. I do have a more positive body image though, because during the show I said I could loose 10 or 15 lbs. Watching the show I do not think that I need to and am happy with my body and the way it looks on an off camera. I am proud of my womanly body and curves and embrace it as Laura said to. I’m sexy how I am and do not need to be a size 0 or 2!!! I’m 5’8″ and a 34 DDD naturally so that is definitely unrealistic.
Since the show ended I taped for E!’s special about The Bachelor, which airs July 28. I was also on The Wendy Williams Show July 26. I’m planning on returning to law school at The University of Houston in the fall and am hoping my fellow classmates won’t be too upset at me saying they don’t maintain their appearance — because they know it’s true! I’m still looking for love and for someone to love me for me and I think the lessons that I learned on the show will only help me find true love. I would love to chronicle my search for my prince on TV so hopefully VH1 will be seeing more of T-Erica. I love doing reality TV and that is def one of my callings in life!!!