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.
Liz Tracy, the reporter who wrote the piece, summarizes Jackson’s dance career quite beautifully.
Jackson rose to international fame on RuPaul's show as a controversial character who had little experience as a drag queen and went on to tour the world with the drag family House of Edwards in 2015. Jackson has worked with Miley Cyrus and Brooke Candy and recently appeared on Season 15 of So You Think You Can Dance. She leads the roving high-heels dance masterclass and confidence workshop #LaganjasDanceSchool. Jackson was also a U.S. Presidential Scholar and a 2007 YoungArts winner in dance who has returned to work with the organization on several projects this fall.
To read the full profile, check out the Miami New Times site.