This week I introduce to you: Erica Maltz. Erica is at the ripe young age of 19, but don't let that number fool you. If you take a look at her resume, it's swarmed with a list of accomplishments, her current being working for Aimee Song, of Song of Style (sound familiar?). In today's Cool Girl we learn from Erica to, "Take on as many opportunities as possible," along with much much more. So, if you're an aspiring girlboss, and believe in the power of now, continue reading:
Describe your current surroundings. What are you up to at the moment?
I’m currently sitting in my Risk Management lecture class. My teacher brought in a guest speaker from Tampa to talk about his Insurance Company, so I thought I’d give in to my short attention span and do something more exciting like answering my Cool Girl of The Week questions.
What’s a typical day in the life for Erica Maltz?
A typical day for me starts with a big breakfast (my fav meal) paired with watching Kathy Lee & Hoda (questionably the most exciting part of my day). Then I’ll go through my emails, attend my classes, try to bribe myself to go to a barre or hot pilates class and then get through my homework—work homework included.
Best advice you’ve ever received? And have you used it?
The best advice I ever received was: “Be confident, set a goal and keep working towards it.” I live by this advice and always try to find confidence in my work and in my daily life. When I set a goal I always try to work diligently toward that goal no matter how big or small.
What do you think is the best thing about fashion, and the worst?
The best part about fashion is that it's constantly evolving and that you can have fun with it. Fashion is open to interpretation and is meant to be a form of personal expression. There are no bad parts!
You’ve attended your fair share of NYFW’s, what’s your favorite part and maybe not so favorite part about it?
My favorite part about fashion week is most definitely the people watching. Of course having the opportunity to see the collections is always incredible, but the street style outside of the shows is what really excites and inspires me.
I would say my least favorite part about fashion week is that it’s now scattered all over the city. It was more convenient and less stressful when it was centralized at Lincoln Center.
Quick, your close friend got invited to a last minute non-formal party, what are you recommending she wears?
A cool bomber/jacket, tee, raw hemmed jeans and some awesome heeled boots.
If you only have 10 minutes to get ready, what is your go- to outfit that you can throw on and know will still look good?
A white tee, my favorite frame jeans, a fun belt and my Allsaints loafers (or my fenty puma slides, I’ve been living in them).
Has there been anyone in your life that has influenced you, whether it be through fashion, an interest, or just living your everyday life?
I would have to say my dad has been my biggest influence. He started teaching me at a young age how to be independent, take charge and follow my dreams. I learned my work ethic from him and how to thrive professionally. He has always supported anything I have set out to do and is my number one fan.
Last time you cried laughing?
Yesterday when I tried twerking at a guns and rosé social and I just couldn't do it.
How do you feel about the hype around Kendall Jenner and the Hadids in the modeling world?
I think both Kendall and the Hadid sisters are talented models, but they definitely have the upper hand in their industry because of who they are. It’s disappointing to see how many shows Gigi especially has opened or closed this past fashion month. There are so many gifted and hardworking models that deserve time on the runway.
How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?
I think it’s a term that embodies a girl that is a hustler and is confident.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Happy and working doing something I love while living bicoastal.