“It’s hard not to love a stoner drag queen makeup video, and this one featuring YouTuber Kimmy Tan and LaGanja Estranja, best known as a Season Six contestant on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, is pretty adorable.“
Jay Jackson, the man behind Laganja Estranja, recently opened up about his childhood and personal life in an interview with the Miami New Times. Beginning at the age of 18, Jackson details his rise to dance success and every step that led him there including a YoungArts residency and of course time spent on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Civilized Magazine, a publication catering to all types of cannabis users instead of typical “stoner” portrayals, recently highlighted Laganja Estranja’s political advocacy in her new music video for her song “Look at Me.” The article notes that while the song is evocative of “drag music” with it’s fun, addictive beats, the message is actually much deeper.
As part of their Decade of Drag Race series, Billboard caught up with Laganja to reminisce about the show’s journey, share some never-been-told memories and throw shade where shade is due.
Laganja Estranja was interviewed by Jessica Gonzales for High Times. In the article, Estranja, “spills the tea on medicating, advocating, and celebrating,” — just in time for pride!
Laganja Estranja was featured in LA Weekly for her decision to, “make a change,” in the cannabis industry. Quoted as “The Face of Gay Weed,” Hayley Fox writes about how Estranja uses his strength overcoming adversity as an LGBTQ person to focus on other marginalized communities.
NewNowNext writes about a historic, record-breaking death drop by Laganja Estranja. Estranja visited Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city in Peru, and did her iconic death drop to celebrate. Machu Picchu is quite remote and only a select group of people have the opportunity to visit, making Estranja the first queen to death drop here. Estranja was also the first drag queen from RuPaul’d Drag Race to perform internationally in Peru.
Laganja Estranja discussed her performance with Miley Cyrus at the 2015 Music Video Awards in a self-written article published in the prestigious V Magazine. Estranja’s performance came after a discussion with Cyrus in 2015, after which a team of drag queens stepped up to complete the vision seen in the final performance.
“Celebrity Advocate” Laganja Estranja was featured as the cover star in issue no. 4 of Dope Magazine Norcal. Dope Magazine is known for featuring some of the most iconic and notable names in the world of Cannabis including Willie Nelson, Whoopi Goldberg and Tommy Chong. The article in issue no. 4 highlights Estranja’s thoughts on cannabis prohibition and legalization while contrasting them to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage that was happening around the time the article was written. Estranja also discusses discrimination of cannabis while filming RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Everyone knows that Laganja Estranja can get those “Legs over head like a pretzel,” but that line recently gained some national notoriety in its category. Pitchfork magazine, with over 1.5 million unique monthly visitors on average, prides themselves on being, “The Most Trusted Voice in Music.” This trusted voice recently ranked Estranja’s “Legs” in the number three spot on their list of “The Best and Worst Music of RuPaul’s Drag Divas.”
Cannabis advocacy magazine Emerald Magazine published a feature piece on Laganja Estranja and her work towards normalizing minority communities like cannabis users in the mainstream. The piece explores Estranja’s childhood as a LGBTQ person in Texas and how that experience helps qualify her to advocate for the use of cannabis now.