Designer Erica M. Talks Empowering Women and Having Beyoncé as a Fan

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This New York City designer's luxury lingerie brand, Erica M., aims to evoke confidence and cheekiness.

ESSENCE: What do you hope your customers experience when they wear your creations?

ERICA YOUNG: I have always wanted to design a line that empowers the wearer, boosts her confidence or simply makes her feel sexier. Since my garments have a lot of stretch and fit many body types, my customers can feel comfortable as well.

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ESSENCE: What's the most challenging part of running your company?

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E.Y.: I am still an emerging brand. I'm self-funded and I do not have a partner. If it weren't for going through the difficulties of running a business, I would never have known how strong I am. Every day when I wake up, I meditate or work out and then hit the ground running, because I have realized over the years how much I believe in myself.

ESSENCE: What is it like to have Beyoncé as a fan?

E.Y.: It is simply unreal! Not only is she one of the most talented entertainers in the world, she is also a beautiful soul. She is truly one of the kindest people I've had the pleasure of meeting.

ESSENCE: How do you like to rock your own designs?

E.Y.: I have an avant-garde Comme des Garçons jacket I've been putting in rotation more. I wear my tights underneath ripped jeans during the fall and winter.

ESSENCE: What's the key to having great skin while wearing your lingerie?

E.Y.: I am obsessed with Tata Harper products, specifically the Revitalizing Body Oil. It leaves your skin moisturized without being too oily.

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This feature originally appeared in the February 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

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