“RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen Aja credits her stage time in New York City with helping her overcome hardship: “Drag is powerful, let me tell you.”
A contestant on season 9 of the VH1/Logo competition series, Aja returned for redemption on the third season of “All Stars,” where she’s still vying for the crown. The Bushwick-based queen has nearly 700,000 fans backing her on social media, where she posts countless selfies in colorful voluminous wigs and vibrant ensembles.
It’s that fierce face that helped Aja defeat a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety that stretched through her youth, she says.
“Drag is therapy. A lot of people who start drag, it helps them get over hard things they might be going through,” Aja says. The queen got her start in the drag scene at age 16, simply by chance when her cousin threw the wild idea her way.
“Honestly, I was watching the second season of ‘Drag Race’ with my cousin and she was like, ‘you could do this.’ I looked over at her like she was crazy,” she recalls.