Mariah Paris Balenciaga

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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 the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.[2]

Mariah Paris Balenciaga
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Elijah Kelly

(1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 38)
OccupationDrag queen
Years active1999–present

Early lifeEdit

Kelly was born on February 13, 1981 in Gainesville, Georgia. He later moved to Atlanta when he was 19, and started doing drag in the ballroom scene.[3] He is biracial.[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" on September 24, 2018.[22] She appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song "Juice" on April 17, 2019.[23] She appeared in a music video for pop duo Aly & AJ's song "Star Maps" on June 12, 2019.[24]



Title Details
Mug 4 Dayz Stone Cold Remixes


Year Song
2013 "Mug 4 Dayz"
2020 "Stains on the Wall"

As Featured Artist

Title Year Album
"I'm in Love"[25]
(with the Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Season 5)
2020 Non-album single



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 3) Herself Contestant (9th place)
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2011-12 RuPaul's Drag U
2015 Skin Wars Season 2 - episode 4 [26]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 10) Guest - Episode 1
2018 Lip Sync Battle Backup dancer [17]
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Drag Queen Cameo role - episode 2
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 11) Herself Guest - Episode 1 [27]
2019 Lip Sync Battle Herself Background dancer [18]
2020 AJ and the Queen Herself Guest appearance [28]
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 5) Herself Contestant (8th place) [2]
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked (season 2) [29]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role
2014 Transformations[30] Herself
2015 Rooftop Lipsync[31]
2015-2019 Drag Queens React[32]
2016-19 Fashion Photo RuView
2016-19 Wait, What?
2017 M.U.G.[33]
2017 Spilling the Tea[34]
2018 Cosmo Queens[35]
2019 Bootleg Opinions[36]
2019 The Pit Stop[37]
2019 Follow Me[4]
2019 Iconic[38]
2019 Reading Queens[39]
2020 Whatcha Packin[40]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2016 Expensive[41] Todrick Hall
2017 Expensive (Deluxe Version) Todrick Hall
2018 Oops I Think I Pooped[42] Pandora Boxx
2018 Excuse The Beauty Latrice Royale
2018 Girly[43] John Duff
2019 Juice Lizzo
2019 Star Maps Aly & AJ


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  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.
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  31. ^ WOWPresents (2015-07-09), Mariah Balenciaga & Jaidynn Diore Fierce in Morgan McMichaels' Rooftop Lipsync, retrieved 2019-09-21
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