Magic Mikes Productions In Association With Love Beat Productions & Whiskey Tip Presents

Turnt Up Thursdays Ft. Mariah Paris Balenciaga

From RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3

at Whiskey Tip

August 21, 2014 11:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Time: 11:00pm     Day: Thursday     Doors: 9:00pm     Ages: 21+ Ages     Price: $10
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Mariah Balenciaga (Elijah Kelly) was Born 1981 in Gainesville, GA. Growing up having a special fascination with beautiful things it was no surprise that he would find himself working in the beauty industry as a hairstylist. By the early age of 15 he had already started on his path as a shampoo tech, learning what he could from the senior stylists. By the age of 17 he began to venture to Atlanta’s bright lights and busy nightlife. In 1999 Elijah was approached about participating in drag competitions called the “Ball Room Scene”. The “Ball Room Scene” is a gay subculture born in Harlem, NY and has since become a lasting phenomenon. Elijah was intrigued and agreed to participate and joined a house (competitive group). Using his blossoming skills as a hairstylist paired with his love of beautiful things, Elijah gave life to “Mariah”, his drag queen alter-ego.

Mariah found inspiration in Grace Jones, Diahann Carroll, RuPaul, Felicia Rashaad, Diana Ross, Vanity, Donna Summer & Tina Turner. In 2001 it became clear that Elijah was outgrowing his hometown of Gainesville,Ga. and moved to Atlanta. It was here his hair career would take off, getting the opportunity to work with many interesting people and quite a few celebrities. Shortly after relocating, ”Mariah” began to flourish and has become a force to be reckoned with within the “Ball Room Scene”. In 2006 “Mariah Balenciaga” was deemed legendary for her category “Drags Face” and has received multiple acknowledgments and awards for her competitive achievements and for her roll as a leader in the “Ball Room” community.

In 2009 Mariah Balenciaga finds herself no longer excited or inspired by the competition found in the “Ballroom Scene” and decides to find a larger challenge. Mariah Balenciaga submitted an audition tape to World of Wonder Productions in hopes of becoming a contestant on Season 3 of the competition reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race created and hosted by her drag queen idol, Rupaul. Mariah Balenciaga went to Los Angeles to prove herself a worthy opponent and snatch the crown as Americas Next Drag Super Star. Unfortunately Mariah did not get the title of America’s Next Drag Super Star, but did prove herself a star and worthy opponent. Rupaul saw something special in the queen they called “Mariah” and invited Mariah to be a Professor (Mentor) on her spin off show “Rupaul’s Drag U”. The show focuses on self empowerment through the art of drag.

In addition to Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 3 and Rupaul’s Drag U Seasons 2 & 3, Mariah has also worked on several independent projects including a film as well as hosting events across the Nation. Mariah Balenciaga continues to delight the masses with her glamorous & seductive charm.


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