Aja is an American rapper, reality TV personality and former drag performer. They were born January 4th 1994 BedfordStuyvesant, Brooklyn and raised by adoptive parents. They have stated they are Egyptian and Morroccan descent and identifies as a person of colour. Aja has explained that they used to deal with severe anxiety and PTSD due to a broken family situation but found help and a semblence of peace when they started doing drag.
Aja lived as a transwoman from the age of 18 years old for approximately a year however, after learning about non-binary gender identities, they discovered that they are actually genderfluid. Aja uses they/them pronouns.
At the start of their drag career, Aja began performing in contests at the age of 16 at bars such as the Stonewall Inn. They are perhaps best known for their casting on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2017. Aja had a high following on social media before taking part on the show and eventually placed in ninth position. They returned to the show's spin-off RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars on the third season and enjoyed success on that show. They were eliminated during the fifth episode but was given the chance to re-enter the competition but lost to fellow contestant, Morgan Mc Michaels.
Aja was the head of the drag house, Haus of Aja which included themselves and other drag queens, Momo Shade, Janelle No 5 and fellow RuPaul's Drag Race queens, Dahlia Sin and Kandy Muse. They regularly performed at the Hardware Bar together and are known for their eclectic fashion style.
In 2018, Aja experienced more success outside of the 'drag race' circle. They appeared in a campaign for H&M's Pride OUT and also hosted a talk show called Ayo Sis on WOW Presents Plus. However, in July of that year, Aja announced that they no longer wished to be known as a drag queen but rather as a queer artist. They stated that they wanted to branch out from the general drag queen persona of flips and stunts and work on their burlesque and live music.
Aja has a prolific music career which showcases their rapping skills. They released their first single, Level Ya Pussy Up in 2017 and also featured on the single, C.L.A.T with fellow RuPaul's Drag Race season nine queens, Sasha Velour, Peppermint and Alexis Michelle. Aja would also go on to appear in the music video for Velo's song, Big D-ck Daddy alongside Phi Phi O Hara.
2018 saw Aja release a solo music video, Finish Her! and features some of the looks from their time in RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars. They also released their debut EP, In My Feelings as well as two additional music videos for Brujeria and I Don't Wanna Brag in the same year. Aja's second EP, All Caps was released in 2019.
Aja released their debut studio album, BOX Office in February of 2019. RuPaul's Drag Race winner Shea Couleé appears on the album. Aja collaborated with Shilow for the single, Jekyll & Hyde and later that year, they released a Halloween-themed EP entitled, Nail In The Coffin.
- BOX Office (2019)
- In My Feelings (2018)
- ALL CAPS (2019)
- Nail in the Coffin (2019)
- Level Ya Pussy Up (2017)
- C.L.A.T (feat. Sasha Velour, Alexis Michelle & Peppermint) (2017)
- Finish Her! (2018)
- Brujeria (2018)
- Demons, Witches & Bitches (feat. Shilow & The Vixen) (2018)
- ''Art Jesus) (2018)
- Jekyll & Hyde (feat. Shilow) (2019)
- Commercial (2019)
- Mama Chola (feat. Amira Wang) (2019)
- The Purge (2019)
- Draw The Blood (2020)
- Femme as Panzy La Rue (2018)
- RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 (2017)
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (2017)
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Season 3 (2018)
- Tattoo Tales (2019)