It was a dream come true for Erika Ervin when she transitioned from male to female in 2004. The decision did come with some loss as none of her family supported her, and she ultimately was left alone. But Erika didn’t give up and, over the years, has built a vast, supportive network of people from all over the world, many of whom have never judged her choices.
Today, Erika stands as an avid advocate for LGBT rights, abused children, and those who have HIV.
The model is equally a motivator for all people who have lost trust and confidence in themselves.
“Every young woman deserves a flowering time. Friends and family support are important, so be patient when you come out to your loved ones. Love yourself. Be cautious with what you see in the mirror, and be kind to yourself. Say to yourself; I deserve love. Self-acceptance is one of the most important factors in your transition and your mental being,” Erika said in an interview.
Known as Amazon Eve, Erika has played a recurring character on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
The fitness trainer got people’s attention in the movie because of her extraordinary height, which stands at 6ft and 8inch.
It was pretty challenging for Erika to get spotlight roles as an actress as she had been constantly offered characters as an alien or monster. At one point, she got so exhausted from the office lifestyle that she had to join a gym, which sadly brought forth a failure because she strived for an unrealistic size 0 physique, which almost cost her health. Eventually, Erika learned from her mistakes and now has a healthier body image and views herself as a super-sized version of Superwoman.