Dancing With the Stars aired their traditional ‘Most Memorable Year’ episode Monday night — and viewers caught a quick rewind of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Girardi’s rise to Jayne-fame.
One little detour on her journey to dance club stardom was glaringly ignored — the birth of her son.
“I had big dreams, and I wanted to make them happen,” began Erika.
Erika spoke about moving to New York, and being shot down “audition after audition,” leading the future reality star to believe that she “needed a miracle.”
Erika’s mom was interviewed, and explained how her daughter landed in California.
“She started to do some commercials and did some modeling — she was with two girl groups, and her management wanted her to move out to Los Angeles,” said Renee Chahoy, Erika’s mother, ”She went for it…that was the turning point. I knew she was going to claw her way to the top, whatever she had to do…because that’s who she is.”
A few foundational facts were omitted from Erika’s rags to riches story.
Fact: Erika gave birth to a son, Tommy Zizzo, in 1992.
Fact: Erika moved to Los Angeles when her son was approximately 3 years old. Her child was left in New York with his father.
Fact: Erika met Tom Girardi while working as a cocktail waitress, and the couple wed in 1999.
Fact: Erika Girardi created Erika Jayne in 2007, approximately 12 years after moving to Los Angeles.
In Renee Chahoy’s own words, her daughter “clawed her way to the top,” but Erika’s 12 year summit was without her son.
Erika said it best on Dancing With the Stars Monday night.
“I don’t like people dictating my future,” Erika said. “I’ll make my own future.”
Erika was almost eliminated last night — but raked in decent scores for a barely mediocre cha-cha.
Do you think that voting viewers noticed that becoming a mother was erased from Erika’s story?
Watch Erika Girardi hash out her season, as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion takes off tonight, at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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