She had a drag friend in college, by the name of Marquetta Velveta. She was inspired by the way Marqueeta’s name rhymed, and also played with the word “marquee”. She is also a huge supporter of the legalization of marijuana usage. She wanted a drag name that involves weed, rhyming scheme, and play on words. Thus she is the strange plant – Laganja Estranja.
RuPaul's Drag Race
|Season Competed||Season 6|
|Maxi Challenges Won:||1 (Ep. 7)|
|Mini Challenges Won:||2 (Eps. 1, 7)|
|Times as Team Captain:||0|
|Times in Bottom:||2 (Eps. 5, 8)|
|Episode Eliminated:||Episode 8|
Jackson grew up in Dallas, Texas before moving to California and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance/choreography/ nailography at the California Institute of Fine Arts. Laganja Estranja came to be when Alyssa Edwards put Jay into drag as she looked up to and admired Alyssa. Jay was working for Justin (Alyssa) at his dance studio, #BeyondBelief, as a choreographer at the time, and had also worked for Justin's competitor, Davenport.
In December 2012, Laganja competed in her first contest at Micky's in West Hollywood, California, and won a monthly spot as an official performer in "Showgirls, the Rusical". Since then, she's been sweeping out the competition and has received numerous titles such as Drag Idol, Queen of Dallas, and 2055 Top Newcomer. Laganja is a returning performer at Micky's, Hamburger Mary's WeHo, The Abbey, Rage, 340 Nightclub, VIP Riverside, Toucan's Tiki Lounge, and Hamburger Mary's Westfield. Additionally, Laganja has also appeared as a contortionist alongside Christina Aguilera for the American Music Awards, as a "Glamazon" for photographer Austin Young, and as a featured actress in Nana Ganja's "L.A. Rising". She also has her Dance classes in West Hollywood.
- "Oh y'all wanted a twist, 'ey? C'mon Season 6, let's get sickening! *dips* YAAASS!"
All Stars 6
- "Oh y'all wanted a twist, 'ey? *drops from above into a split* C'mon All Stars 6, let's get sickening! OKURRRR!"
- *Tongue pop*
- "Come on natch!"
- "Yas Gawd!"
- “Laganja's on the track and y'all can't handle me. I'm bustin' through the door and smoking on that tree. Panty Hos and Control-Top D, givin' you body, you're all livin' for me.” (verse in Oh No She Better Don't)
- "Now it is very dry y'all, it's almost kinda like your vagina."
- "I FEEL VERY ATTACKED!"
- "This is just too fucking much!"
- "Can y'all get my fucking nail that fell off, because I'm SUCH a disaster!"
- "Well I'm young and I'm hung and I clearly march to the sound of my own drum, so props to ya, mawma!"
- “Hey hey hey HEYYYY Put cha lighter’s up! Ganja’s in the house owwwwww! As you can tell from my accent I am from Dallas, Tex-ass! And it was not very easy growing up looking like this! Whether I was playing in my grandma’s clothes or putting on a show for my well-organized alphabetically-ordered beanie babies I was guh guh guh GAY! OKKURRR! But it wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I discovered Marijuana, I mean I like to smoke, y’all I am just flying as high as your receding hairline! OKUr! Marijuana really does help me calm down, so y’all, I went to Valencia where they film the TV show Weeds! Now, y’all, it’s very dry, it’s almost kinda like your vajoina! Can I get an amen?!? Now y’all, I am a treehugger because if it ain’t green, HUH I’m not interested! OKURRRRRRRRRR!” *tongue pop*
- "Because if it ain't green, HUH, I'm not interested, OKAAAAAY?!"
- "I will be the first queen to actually chassé away." (upon elimination)
- Laganja has competed on the 15th season of " So You Think You Can Dance" in June 2018. This makes Laganja the fourth queen to compete on another non-drag reality show. The first three were Courtney Act, Adore Delano and Alaska.
- Laganja is the second longest-lasting contestant to never place high or low during their run on the show, having either won the challenge, been safe or been in the bottom two for all seven episodes she was present. She is surpassed only by Bob the Drag Queen, who lasted all eight episodes.
- Laganja has stated that she will never return for All-Stars, and has also made it very clear to World of Wonder. Her reason is that what she went through while competing on Season 6 was very intense. But she has said she would love to come back as a cameo, like Alyssa Edwards as a dance coach.
- She later reappeared as a Lip-Sync Assassin on All Stars 6.
- Laganja is not a member of the House of Edwards. However, she still claims Alyssa to be her drag mother.
- Laganja was on the 13th Episode of Germany's Next Top Model Season 13. Together with queens like Morgan McMichaels, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, and Farrah Moan, she had to perform with a girl from the top 6.
- She also appeared in the Grand Finale of the season.
- Laganja was a Guest Judge in Episode 6 of the German Drag Show Queen Of Drags where she was the final judge.
- Both Heidi Klum and Laganja stated that they are friends. They meet on the set of GNTM.
- Laganja appeared in an Anthony Padilla sit-down discussion video about the art of drag, along with Gigi Goode and Honey Davenport.
- Laganja is the lowest placing Maxi Challenge winner of Season 6.
- Laganja came out as a transgender woman on June 15, 2021.
- Yuhua Hamasaki is raising money for her transition.
House of Edwards
|Cheryl Hole||Plastique Tiara||Shangela|
|Gia Gunn||Vivienne Pinay|
Season 6 Looks
Season 10 Looks
All Stars 6 Looks
- Laganja's Site | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
- Laganja Estranja on YouTube | Apple Music | Wikipedia | Spotify
4th: Darienne Lake • 5th: BenDeLaCreme (Miss Congeniality) • 6th Joslyn Fox • 7th: Trinity K. Bonet • 8th: Laganja Estranja • 9th: Milk • 10th: Gia Gunn • 11th: April Carrión • 12th: Vivacious • 13th & 14th: Kelly Mantle & Magnolia Crawford
Jason Carter • Shawn Morales • Miles Davis Moody • Simon Sherry-Wood
- [https://www.instagram.com/laganjaestranja/ Instagram
- [https://ew.com/tv/rupauls-drag-race-laganja-estranja-comes-out-trans/ Entertainment Weekly