She was the girl in the casting special who talked about sex in the great outdoors (although, as she clarified on her blog, it wasn’t exactly in her front yard, rather “it was in the front yard of A house while [she] was on vacation, completely private and fenced off”), and in the preview special talks about MySpace with Bret Michaels. But Lyanna will probably be easiest to remember from our first glimpses of Rock of Love thanks to her distinctive faux-hawk hairdo.
So who can wait another few days to get to know our new Rock of Love girls? We’re taking a sneak peek to see what we can find out about the women vying for Bret Michaels’ heart before the premiere on January 13. We’ve already learned a little about Daisy, we had some prior knowledge of Megan Hauserman due to her win on Beauty and the Geek, so let’s get to know Lyanna.
Her real name is Erin Martin, and she has shared a bit about her early life on her MySpace blog, saying, “I was born in a small town in Michigan. Population: 1,000 and that’s pushing it. I think it’s actually considered a village because it’s so small. I lived in Berrien Springs with my parents and older brother until I was 17 when I moved out. I was a rebel at heart and needed a taste of freedom.”
Lyanna/Erin had an early career to help support her drive for freedom. She writes, “Since I’ve been about 14, I’ve been modeling on an off. I’ve been signed with Aria, Ford Models and am currently with Elite Chicago…I did a lot of fun stuff when I was modeling like a Noxzema commercial, Roots Campaign, as well as lots of different print work for companies such as Kohl’s and Carson’s.”
More recently though, she has been pursuing an interest close to the heart of Rock of Love star Bret Michaels: music.
She writes, “I sing and play the guitar. That came about early summer 2007. My friend…gave me my first electrical guitar and amp and enough lessons for me to learn the basics. I’ve played the piano since I was 12 years old ( I write classical/new age music ) which I think helped me to pick it up so fast. I’m no Santana (yet), but I can strum to a beat!…[B]eing the brand-spankin-new artist that I am, music, composition, singing and creating have become my life and my passion. You never know where you’ll see me playing an open mic around L.A. I write all of the lyrics and melody to all of my music. One of the reasons why I started playing was I wanted to turn on the radio and hear something that really spoke to me. What better way to do that then create the music yourself!”
While she might share a general love with Bret, it would appear that her taste in music might not entirely run towards ’80’s hair rock, with favorites like Fiona Apple, Imogen Heap, Nick Drake and Bjork. However, as Bret’s pick of young pink-haired Jes Rickleff proved, he’s not necessarily singularly focused on finding the most obvious rocker chick to be his Rock of Love, so maybe he and Lyanna/Erin will hit it off anyway. We’ll see when the show premieres on Sunday.
– Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Erin Martin MySpace
(Image courtesy of VH1)