Raja is an artist of many tasks and talents.
Her love for style, experimentation, and all things provocative has set her apart as an entertainer in the Southern California drag circuit for 20 years. She is deeply influenced by the arts, fashion, and all pop global sub-multi-culture. Her art and performance style is meant to emphasize all things that challenge the mind, body, and soul to imagine beyond the box. She is often described as a chameleon because Raja prides herself on her constant evolution. Her looks can range from highly Avante Garde to feminine and glamorous.
One of Raja’s greatest triumphs as a drag artist is being the winner of the popular television reality competition RuPauls Drag Race (Season 3), seen on the LOGO Network. She won over a multitude of fans and followers as a result, making Raja one of the most beloved, controversial and memorable stars of the competition.
Raja is the manifestation of multi media artist Sutan Amrull, most memorable for his work as key make-up artist on America’s Next Top model. (link to Sutanamrull.net) . He is a celebrity make-up artist whose clients include some of the most iconic personalities in fashion and entertainment (Adam Lambert, Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Twiggy, Tyra Banks, and Iman). Sutan studied Art at Cal-State Fullerton University with a focus on Art direction and Illustration. His make-up career was the first stop on the journey when he left college to pursue other dreams. He worked for MAC cosmetics for 9 years before pursuing his freelance career.
Sutan created Raja in the early 1990’s as a young man experimenting with his own personal style identity and obsession with fashion and club culture. His passions were easily expressed through Raja, because she was able to embody the things he was afraid to express in everyday life. She was his way of moving beyond being “behind the scenes”.Raja’s name itself draws from Sutan’s formative upbringing in Indonesia where the word “raja” means king. He believes this to be a perfect irony.
Two personalities once separate, one created by the other, are now synonymous. Without Sutan’s inventive spirit and instinctual curiosity, Raja would not be.
Raja can be witnessed at her appearances throughout the U.S. and beyond.