Drag Race's Aja Did A Reddit AMA And Oh Wow, So Much Went Down
This year's All Stars 3 Queens are back and badder than ever.
We can’t wait to see how they’ll perform this time around, plus we're BUZZING to see them snatch our wigs with their insane fits and splits (we’re looking at you Chi Chi).
How can we fill the time until then? A friggin' REDDIT AMA with AJA, no less! Grab some popcorn, snuggle on ya sofa, and start scrolling:
Q: Ayo Aja, when coming to meet and greets, what do you wish people would bring you or ask you? Also what are your makeup must-haves?
A: I love anything! I just always need glitter!
We can relate. Make it rain glitter!
Q: I love you Aja, I had a total boy crush on you in season 9, but it's pretty much completely gone since you're a taken woman now lol. Just wondering if there's any tips you have for overcoming anxiousness and nervousness, particularly from a fan's standpoint and meeting you, because I really want to meet you at roscoe's in February :)
A: I say just treat me like I'm a regular person and be a confident little cutie which I’m sure you are.
She's so humble. <3
Q: I’m probably late (been reading the answers so much!) but could you talk about how gentrification in BK has impacted you, as a queer POC who performs in drag?
A: I think it’s important that no matter how much things become white washed that we never forget where we came from and we never forget our culture. As an urban queen, my style will always be changing but my attitude will always be the little black middle eastern boy from brooklyn and nobody can take that from me.
Never forget where you came from.
Q: What inspired your entrance look? (It’s probably my favourite entrance look ever!)
A: Well I had a huge sash with a bow and I didn’t have time to tie it before I left the hotel, but it was supposed to be like a Pokemon trainer anime scooter bitch.
We LOVED the scooter.
Q: Aja! There's so many things I love about you including your pop/anime references in your drag. However, my question is how did you learn to vogue and be so good at it, especially because you're quite young!
A: I learned how to vogue at 12, I used to tell other people I was 18 and vogue at the pier on christopher st on the fake grass.
She could Vogue at 12? GOALS.
Q: Ayo sis! Will your new music be as scalping as Level Ya Pussy Up? I'm ready for you to burn off my follicles.
A: Level ya pussy up has nothing on my new music.
It gets better than this?
Q: Love her but wow she really does not have one single pair of nice heels.
A: Honey you try being size 14 in heels.
Wow. We need to stop complaining about shoe shopping.
Q: Do you have a ritual for calming down after shows and if you have what is your ritual? Or are you one those people that have that incredible drive and are always go go go?
A: I just have a glass of champagne, kiss my boyfriend and say something stupid like "imagine I was made of water."
Hmm. We'll try imagining we're made of water next time we need calming down.
Q: Hey girl! How have your relationships with everyone in Brooklyn changed since doing the show twice now?
A: It shouldn’t have but I have heard of some girls talking shit about me and I will not hesitate to go to their gig with stacks of 100s and make it rain on a b*tch, don’t be bitter BE better, and spread those legs so your career can take off! ALSO if they are an implant by product of gentrification then don’t come for me I grew up on this BK land. This will always be my turf. So my suggestion to them is to get their shit together and stop worrying about my success.
Q: Do you already know how much we love you? Whenever you see a bad comment here, please look for the other 100 positive ones.
A: I know lol, I don’t only focus on hate - everyone seems to think so, I only like to dispute sometimes when I feel like someone is out of line. NOT THAT I HAVE TO but I do enjoy being petty and making someone know they’re wrong. But I love anyone who supports me and the other queens. Bashing one queen for any reason is disrespectful to all of us because we are all individual beings trying to use our platform as a means to help others while helping ourselves. You don’t just go to a museum and be like omg that painter was a ugly f*cking b*tch. Lol to me it’s redundant.
She loves her fans a lot. <3
Q: Hey sis! I like the purple hair you had for All Stars! How many colors have you done in your hair and would you do any more?
A: I have done so much! I have psoriasis in my hair now though so I don’t dye it as much because it hurts and makes my hair fall out.
Stop dying your hair so much kids!
Q: How did you and each member of the Haus of Aja meet? What was the hardest challenge you had to face during your beginner days as a newbie queen in the Brooklyn scene? During your entrance, it was said that you were the number one name in the Brooklyn scene. What are some other big name's currently working on Brooklyn that you feel like people should know and follow?
A: I met the Haus of Aja:
Momo and I met because I went to high school with her boyfriend at the time and he was cheating on her and I was the messy b*tch who told her but also made out with him once in the locker room oops. Dahlia came to NYC because for some reason there was supposed to be a threesome gig but then we became best friends. Kandy and I met in an aim chat room 7 years ago, went on a date and then didn’t talk for 5 years and bumped into each other at one of my shows and we just hit it off perfectly. I was never a beginner in the Brooklyn scene, I’ve been doing drag longer than there was a thriving Brooklyn drag scene.I think there are a lot of big queens in the community who do a lot for the community. Horrorchata, Merrie Cherry, Untitled Queen, but my favorite is Zenobia, a trans queen who can turn the pussy out of the most cis hetero Trump supporting man.
We like the sound of you, Zenobia.
Q: What's your next big project?
A: Music tour 2019. I have an EP coming this year and an album coming at the end. I’m putting a lot of me in to it and I’m really ready to just share my mind heart and soul with everyone.
NEW MUSIC AND A TOUR. WE'RE BLESSED.
Q: What do you want people to take from your experience this season?
A: I want people to realize if you want something it doesn’t matter how unrealistic it seems, go for it.
Follow your dreams.
Q: If you could be on any season other than season 9 and all stars 3, what season would you choose?
A: Season 3 was lit.
She's not wrong.
Q: Is there any online drag shows you would love to guest star/be a part of? Fashion Photo Ruview? M.U.G.?
A: I would love to do both of those one day.
She needs to go on them!
Q: Hey Aja! I remember you said your aesthetic was "banjee meets the streets of Tokyo". Do you incorporate anime into your aesthetic- and if you do- what's your favorite anime?
A: I always include some type of anime into my aesthetic, it could be the colors or the makeup or whatever. But sometimes I like to dabble in culture and religious-inspired looks but done tastefully. Never to be offensive.
We don't think it's possible to love Aja anymore than we already do.
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