Mariah Paris Balenciaga

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Mariah Paris Balenciaga
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Elijah Kelly

(1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 37)
Occupation Drag queen
Years active 1999 - present

Mariah Paris Balenciaga, or simply known as Mariah, is the stage name of Elijah Kelly,[1] an American drag queen and television personality, best known for competing on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and placing ninth.

Early life

Kelly was born on February 13, 1981[2][3] in Gainesville, Georgia. He later moved to Atlanta when he was 19, and started doing drag in the ballroom scene.[4]


Balenciaga was announced as one of thirteen contestants for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2011.[5] She was eliminated in the sixth episode after losing a lip sync to "Looking for a New Love" by Jody Watley against Delta Work.[6] In 2018, She appeared with other Drag Race alumni for the first mini challenge of season ten.[7] She asked a viewer question to Eureka O'Hara during the season ten finale episode.[8] She appeared as a guest for the first challenge in the premiere of season eleven of Drag Race.[9]

Balenciaga was also a drag professor for the second and third season of RuPaul's Drag U in 2011 and 2012.[10]

Outside of Drag Race, she makes guest appearances for the WOWPresents internet series "Fashion Photo Ruview" filling in for either Raja or Raven, reviewing looks from Drag Race alumni. Her first appearance was on June 9, 2016.[11] She also makes recurring appearances on another WOW series, "Wait, What?" as the co-host to Kimora Blac, where they answer trivia questions. Her first appearance was in the debut episode.[12]

Balenciaga was with other Drag Race alumni for an episode of Skin Wars in 2015.[13] She was one of the performers for Phi Phi O'Hara's benefit show for the hurricane in Puerto Rico.[14][15]

She was one of the background dancers for Miley Cyrus's 2015 VMA performance.[16] She was a background dancer again, playing as one of the Spice Girls for Rita Ora on an episode of Lip Sync Battle in March 2018.[17] She was a backup dancer for Lip Sync Battle again in 2019 for Nico Tortorella.[18]

In August 2019, she was featured in Women's Wear Daily magazine, alongside Kimora Blac, Mayhem Miller, and Kameron Michaels[19].


Balenciaga released her first single, "Mug 4 Dayz", on November 19, 2013.[20] A remix EP of the song was released on April 11, 2014.[21] Balenciaga appeared in the music video for Pandora Boxx's "Oops I Think I Pooped" in September 24, 2018.[22] She appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song "Juice" in April 17, 2019.[23] She appeared in a music video for pop duo Aly & AJ's song "Star Maps" on June 12, 2019.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2011-19 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 3 - contestant (9th place)

Season 10 - 2 episodes

Season 11 - 1 episode

2011-12 RuPaul's Drag U
2015 Skin Wars Season 2 - episode 4
2018 Lip Sync Battle Herself (backup dancer)
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Drag Queen Cameo role - episode 2
2019 Lip Sync Battle Herself (backup dancer)

Web series

Year Title Role
2014 Transformations[25] Herself
2015 Rooftop Lipsync[26]
2016-19 Fashion Photo RuView
2016-19 Wait, What?
2017 M.U.G.[27]
2017 Spilling The Tea[28]
2018 Cosmo Queens[29]
2019 Follow Me[30]
2019 Iconic[31]
2019 Reading Queens[32]

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2016 Expensive Todrick Hall
2017 Expensive (Deluxe Version) Todrick Hall
2018 Oops I Think I Pooped Pandora Boxx
2018 Excuse The Beauty Latrice Royale
2019 Juice Lizzo
2019 Star Maps Aly & AJ


  1. ^ "Mariah Paris Balenciaga "It Gets Better!"". Abby Normal. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Mariah Paris Balenciaga 10 Times She Served Us Mug for Dayz". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. ^ "Turnt Up Thursdays Ft. Mariah Paris Balenciaga From RuPaul's Drag @ Whiskey Tip Santa Rosa, CA - August 21st 2014 11:00 pm". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  4. ^ "Mariah Balenciaga". Grizzly Kiki. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  5. ^ "Alexis Mateo: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 Contestant - RuPaul's Drag Race (Video Clip) | LOGOtv". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  6. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race': How 'Precious' was Stacy Layne Matthews last night?". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  7. ^ "RuPaul Brings Back Katya, Porkchop, Kim Chi, Jujubee, Detox, and More to Help Judge the First Mini-Challenge of Season 10". VH1 News. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ Club, The A.V. "The A.V. Club convenes its own judges' panel for the RuPaul's Drag Race season-10 finale". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  9. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 11 episode 1 recap: Which queen was sent packing on 'Whatcha Unpackin'? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]". Goldderby. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  10. ^ Gascot, John (2011-07-27). "RuPaul's Drag U: Professor Mariah". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. ^ WOWPresents (2016-06-09), RuPaul's Drag Race Fashion Photo RuView with Raja and Mariah Balenciaga: Social Media Ep 39, retrieved 2018-09-09
  12. ^ "Wait, What?". WOW Presents Plus. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  13. ^ "Skin Wars season 2 episode 4 recap: Drag Queens are here!". Channel Guide Magazine. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  14. ^ "The "Drag Race" Queens Are Going All Out To Raise Money For Puerto Rico". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  15. ^ Cook, Michael (2017-10-28). "Queens United/Reinas Unitas-The Ladies of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Hit The Stage For The People Of Puerto Rico!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  16. ^ "Meet All 30 Of Miley's Day-Glo Dancers From Her Insane VMA Performance". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  17. ^ Lip Sync Battle (2018-03-29), Charli XCX’s "Shape of You" vs. Rita Ora’s "Wannabe" | Lip Sync Battle, retrieved 2018-09-09
  18. ^ "WATCH: 'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Stunned as Ariana Grande on 'Lip Sync Battle' • Instinct Magazine". Instinct Magazine. 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  19. ^ "How Drag Queens Broke Through the Beauty Barrier". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  20. ^ Mug 4 Dayz - Single by Mariah Balenciaga, 2013-11-19, retrieved 2018-09-09
  21. ^ Mug 4 Dayz Stone Cold Remixes by Mariah Balenciaga, 2014-04-11, retrieved 2018-09-09
  22. ^ Pandora Boxx (2018-09-24), Pandora Boxx - Oops I Think I Pooped (Official Video), retrieved 2018-09-24
  23. ^ "Lizzo - JUICE Music Video feat. RuPaul's Drag Race Queens". 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  24. ^ Huff, Lauren (June 12, 2019). "Watch Aly & AJ's 'Star Maps' music video featuring stars from Shameless, Drag Race, Silicon Valley, The Goldbergs, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  25. ^ WOWPresents (2014-09-16), James St. James and Mariah Balenciaga: Transformations, retrieved 2019-09-21
  26. ^ WOWPresents (2015-07-09), Mariah Balenciaga & Jaidynn Diore Fierce in Morgan McMichaels' Rooftop Lipsync, retrieved 2019-09-21
  27. ^ WOWPresents (2017-02-09), M.U.G. with Kim Chi & Mariah Balenciaga - First Timer Mistakes, retrieved 2019-05-10
  28. ^ WOWPresents (2017-06-27), Spilling The Tea: The Queens Kiki on Gay Dating Apps & Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way: Billboard, retrieved 2019-08-02
  29. ^ Cosmopolitan (2018-10-11), Mariah Balenciaga | Cosmo Drag Queens | Cosmopolitan, retrieved 2019-05-10
  30. ^ WOWPresents (2019-05-06), FOLLOW ME: Mariah Balenciaga, retrieved 2019-05-10
  31. ^ WOWPresents (2019-06-25), ICONIC with Brad Goreski: Mariah Balenciaga, retrieved 2019-08-02
  32. ^ WOWPresents (2019-06-06), Mariah Balenciaga: Reading Queens with Psychic Char Margolis, retrieved 2019-09-14
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