Erika Jayne hosted the Barefoot Wine Love Party celebrating New York City Pride week. (Photo: Instagram)
When it came time to find a host for the Barefoot Wine Love Party in New York City, Erika Girardi (aka Erika Jayne) was the obvious choice.
A longtime LGBT supporter and an icon within the gay community, Erika, 44, was “all about love and all about New York City Pride” at Arena on Wednesday. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star introduced performers such as Bob the Drag Queen and Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race throughout the night and, of course, belted out a few hits of her own.
Erika shared a toast with some of the evening’s performers. (Photo: Michael Simon/StarTraks)
“I always try to bring a smile to everyone’s face with my music,” Erika told Yahoo Celebrity before getting Barefoot’s seventh New York City Pride party started. “I want people to forget their troubles, forget their reality, come to the dance floor, and have a good time.”
Although RHOBH fans might know Erika better as Yolanda Hadid’s trusted friend and the newbie of Season 6, she first entered the club music scene nine years ago as her badass alter ego Erika Jayne. She released her song “Roller Coaster” in 2007 and has since racked up eight No. 1 tracks on the Billboard dance charts.
Erika, third from left, with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast. (Photo: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
“Obviously, being on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills brought more awareness to Erika Jayne and brought her out of the clubs and into people’s living rooms,” she explained. “I’m very thankful for that. I have nothing but great things to say about my experience.”
Erika is now on her way to reaching her ninth No. 1 hit with her latest single “How Many F***s.” The song is a club hit that encourages people to leave the hate behind and just dance — a message that hits home in the LBGT community.
Because she’s glamorous, confident, sassy, and encourages everyone to be themselves, it’s no surprise Erika’s become a gay icon. DJs across the country blast her tunes like “Party People (Ignite the World)” and “Get It Tonight” to hype up the crowd.
But after the tragedy in Orlando, the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly event was so much more than just another dance party for Erika.
The artist was performing at various clubs in Orlando the week before the mass shooting that took 49 lives — although she did not have a show at Pulse — and is still shaken up by the horrific events of June 12.
“It affected me greatly,” she said. “It’s tragic to have young people who are just celebrating together, dancing, be cut down like that. Murdered. It’s a great tragedy for humanity.”
Despite the Pulse shooting still weighing heavily on Pride-goers hearts, Erika hoped people would leave the Barefoot Wine Love Party in positive spirits.
“I want people to let go a little bit and really live in the present moment,” she said. “I hope that we can all come together and accept one another for who we are and not place judgments on people. Celebrate the one-year anniversary of marriage equality!”
And for those who aren’t down to have a good time? Erika Jayne will gladly remind you of “how many f***s” she gives.
“None. Not one. Zero, zero, zero. Done!”