Erica Fernandes is one of the most popular actresses in the Indian television industry. She has worked in several South Indian films, including late actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s Ninnindale, which was released in 2014. Erica Fernandes has recently shared that her debut in films was not an easy experience. Talking about that time, Erica said she was body-shamed for being too thin when working in the South Indian film industry.
In the interview with Bollywood Bubble, Erica talked about how she had to wear a ‘lot of padding’ as ‘they wanted voluptuous women.’ She also said that she had to put on thigh pads that made her feel disrespected. Erica recalled,
“I was thin-shamed a lot and I was very skinny compared to whatever they expected me to or a South actress needed to be at that point, so they wanted voluptuous women so they used to stuff me. I used to wear a lot of padding and I used to feel very-very bad because it’s uncomfortable like you’re not accepting the person the way they are. They used to put padding everywhere. I had thigh pads and everywhere it used to be. I used to feel disrespected, it used to be like that but I’m glad that is that’s not the case anymore and people have moved on from that. Things are different right now which is very good.”
Erica Fernandes also talked about her relationship status and said she had been in an off-and-on relationship and is currently single. She added,
“It was kind of an off-and-on relationship that I had for about three and a half years. But, it didn’t work. People comment on why have I never mentioned who was my boyfriend at that point in time. Because I have never mentioned anybody’s names before because that’s respect. You know, no one wants the world to know their name or who I am with. That’s the respect I have shown. It should be like that. I have never hidden and I don’t find the need to hide anything.”
Erica Fernandes has won several titles over the years. She was Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face 2011 and Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She was in the Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2019. After featuring in several south Indian films, she made her television debut with Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi in 2016. She portrayed Doctor Sonakshi Bose, opposite Shaheer Sheikh. She also played Prerna in the new season of Kasautii Zindagii Kay.