laganja estranja | JAY JACKSON
Tv Personality | female illusionist | dancer | choreographer
Laganja Estranja (Jay Jackson), a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is an international female illusionist, musician, choreographer, cannabis rights activist, and model/brand ambassador based in Los Angeles, CA. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and choreography from the California Institute of the Arts, Laganja appeared as a contestant on LogoTV's Season Six of RuPaul's Drag Race (2014). Since then, Laganja has packed countless venues across the United States as well as headlining in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Columbia, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Asia, Ireland, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany.
So You Think You Can Dance (2018/2019), Germany's Next Top Model (2018), Bong Appetite (2017/2019), America's Got Talent (2016), RuPaul's Green Screen Christmas (2015), Skin Wars (2015), MTV's Video Music Awards (Miley Cyrus/2015), RuPaul’s Drag Race (2014) and the American Music Awards (Christina Aguilera/2012).
Laganja has also appeared online with popular Youtubers including, but not limited to, Jeffree Star, Todrick Hall, Joey Graceffa, Elijah Daniel, Christine Sydelko, Angel Haze, and Caitlin Doughty, earning collectively over 30 million views.
Laganja's music career began in 2014 with her hit single “Legs” featuring internationally-renowned rapper, Rye Rye. Laganja’s newest, released single “Smoke Break” is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play. The single, featuring J Tyler, has been reviewed as, “addressing so many critical issues in a song that is extremely catchy and beautiful!“ One of Laganja’s most popular songs is “Look At Me” released in 2018. Billboard describes this track in their review Laganja Estranja Drops Socially Conscious Club Anthem 'Look At Me'
“Directed by Assaad Yacoub, the club-ready tune is packaged into a short film that tackles discriminatory drug laws, racial profiling, and white privilege, as her boyfriend is targeted by the police in a parked car. All the while, Estranja turns the courtroom into a dance studio, squeezing her range of talents into the hyperactive, neon-hued clip. It’s worth watching until the very end, as grim statistics on low-level drug crimes and disproportionate incarcerations for African-American and Latino people are put on display.”