You know Aja from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but how much do you actually know this Brooklyn star?
Aja made a bit of a name for themselves during the last season of Drag Race, and caused enough drama and gagworthy moments to bag an invite back to All Stars.
During season 9, Aja came up with legendary phrases (“you look like Linda Evangelista!”) and some pretty ace outfits, even if there were a few hiccups and awkward moments along the way (Princess Disastah was aptly named).
However, there was a real sense that Aja wasn’t quite in her element. After being critiqued by the judging panel for their make-up capabilities and a few stressful moments, it was inevitable that Aja was not heading towards the win. Ultimately, Aja ended up in ninth place which seems completely unbelievable considering the number of fans and their memorable status.
It seems like Aja could flip a complete 360 on proceedings in All Stars, so the competition better watch out. Ready for five facts that’ll separate that Aja from the Raja?
Aja’s drag name is inspired by a Bollywood classic
Aja, real name Jay Rivera, came up with their drag name after hearing the track ‘Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja’ from the 1982 Bollywood movie ‘Disco Dancer’. This resonated with Jay, and quickly became the name of their drag persona. M.I.A. fans may also know that her track ‘Jimmy’ featured the said original track:
Aja is still pretty young
During filming of Season 9, Aja was the youngest queen to compete on the season. At the age of 22, Aja was a year younger than Farrah Moan. However, Aja is not the youngest queen to compete in the show at all. That title collectively belongs to (*takes heavy breath*) Tatianna, Tyra Sanchez, Lashauwn Beyond, Serena ChaCha, Kenya Michaels, and Naomi Smalls, who were all aged 21 during the filming of their respective seasons.
Aja does, however, become the youngest queen so far to compete on an All Stars season.
Aja is genderfluid
Aja identifies as genderfluid. When out of drag, Jay will go by the they/them pronouns. Speaking to the Huffington Post about the opportunity to represent different identities on a mainstream show, they said:
It was the perfect season to educate America on not just drag and not just the art but the different types of identities that are involved in our art form.
During Aja’s stint on season nine, there was a subtle hint to their practising of “brujeria”, which is Spanish for “witchcraft”.
With some form of divination readings under their belt, could Aja have already predicted an All Stars win?
Aja is a SICKENING performer
You probably know this already, but just in case, here’s a reminder:
And finally, bonus fact…
The one and only Linda Evangelista showed the ultimate appreciation to Aja by reblogging the infamous clip on her Instagram.
Catch Aja and the rest of the All Stars queens on Thursday 25th January at 8PM on VH1.