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Aja is the stage name of Jay Rivera, a drag performer from Brooklyn, New York. She is one of the 14 queens competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.


Season 9

"Your edges are officially snatched!"

Drag Name Origin

Rivera took inspiration for his drag name from the 1982 Bollywood movie "Disco Dancer", which features a song in it's corresponding soundtrack titled 'Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja'. Rivera resonated with the lyric "Aaja", and decided that Aja would be his drag name.

Rupaul's Drag Race

Season 9

In episode one: "Oh. My. Gaga!" Aja did well in the first challenge, landing her a "safe" spot. For the challenge, the queens had to showcase a hometown look and a Lady Gaga inspired look. For the hometown look, she did the Statue of Liberty, representing New York. The Lady Gaga look she chose was Gaga's Commes des Garcons dress. The judges gave both looks "okays" and Lady Gaga said (about Aja), "This girl- she's gonna keep surprising you".

Episode three: "Draggily Ever After"- For the main challenge, the girls were asked to create a fairy tale princess, and their sidekick, for the runway. Aja started off confident, because of her talents in sewing. Her princess character was named "Disastah", and was based on a volcano eruption. Her sidekick was a storm cloud. She was critiqued by Michelle Visage for not knowing what her look was, and her makeup being rough and dark for the last few episodes. Aja ended up in the bottom 2, lip syncing for her life. In the end, she sent home Kimora Blac. During work time, her makeup was clocked by Alexis Michelle. As well, she was really aggressive and bitter towards Farrah Moan and Valentina in Untucked, lashing out due to stress at being in the bottom.

Episode four: "Morning Bitches!" - Aja was chosen as the team captain as she survived the lip sync. She was a part of the winning group but didn't win the challenge.


  • Aja was the last queen to enter the werkroom on Season 9.
  • Aja was originally going to wear the rainbow kimono that Lady Gaga wore, and instead later changed it to the 'Beauty Has No Shape' (Comme des Garçons) dress. She has said that she saved the kimono for a future date whilst competing, and decided to wear the tribute to Comme des Garçons as she was suffering from anorexia at the time of filming.
  • Aja had to post an instagram photo and explain about her skin prior to everyone saying her makeup is terrible and/or rough around the edges.
  • Aja is the youngest queen of her season.
  • Aja gave first eliminated queen Jaymes Mansfield a note after he was eliminated that read, "It was fun meeting you! Stay amazing, learn to believe in yourself, and if you ever need a friend I'm here." The note also had her phone number on it.
  • Aja is the mother of 3 drag queens, aka "The Haus of Aja". The queens' names are Dahlia Sin, Kandy Muse, and Momo Shade.
  • Aja, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint, and Sasha Velour recorded a song together titled "C.L.A.T." [1]
  • Aja dropped out of high school to do drag, although she had perfect grades. [2]


  • "I feel so at home with so many talented girls."
  • "The true gagarini. That is what is about to go down."
  • "Nina Bo'nina fell on the sofina!"
  • "I'm an Illuminati princess, they tried to silence me and I'm like, no bitch I'm still gonna talk."
  • "You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you’re a model! Everything about you is perfect! Did you stone those tights? Oh, you’re smiling! They eat her up EVERY SINGLE TIME she’s on that damned stage . She *mumbling*. She could walk out there in a fucking diaper and they’ll be like “Valentina! Your smile is beautiful!"- Aja's Untucked rant directed at Valentina.
  • "Girl I feel like a soft serve ice cream cone right now!"



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