27 Moments When Latina Queens Ruled In RuPaul’s Drag Race

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is arguably one of the most entertaining and successful reality tv shows of the last decade. Even though in appearance some conservative brutos might think that it only appeals to a queer sensibility, fact is that it has connected with queer and non-queer fans around the world. In its core, the show is about being true to yourself, whatever the circumstances. This is who I am, reinitas, whether you like it or not.

RuPaul is an empowering host who asks the absolute best of his queens, who display equal measures of talent, drama and solidarity. Since being first released in 2009 and throughout an astonishing 10 seasons, we have seen tears of joy and sadness, the world compressed in a stage bright with glitter, high heels, hopes and smiles.

In this near-decade of pure queer delight Latinas have given audiences unforgettable moments. Here are 25 of these moments.

1. When Bianca Del Rio impressed the hell out of Khloe Kardashian

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In Season 6 Episode 2 the queens were judged by no other than one of the Kardashians, Khloe, a true reina in her own right. Bianca Del Rio, of Cuban and Honduran heritage,  just wowed Khloe with her sass and Latino panache, and her robust yet curvaceous body-ody-ody. Her outfit revealed she stays true to her roots. Slay!

2. And when she became Judge Judy in Season 6

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Miss Bianca is the gift that keeps on giving. Those eye rolls though. It was a risk because Judge Judy is RuPaul’s favorite celebrity but she nailed it and impressed the host.

3. When Adore Delano channeled “Pulp Fiction’ Uma Thurman

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Loved and hated in equal measures by her fellow contestants, Adore quickly distinguished herself in Season 6 due to her theatricality. One of these moments came when she wore a black wig, black bra and sexy boyfriend business shirt to channel Mia Wallace from the famous Quentin Tarantino film.

4. When Valentina went hard representing la raza

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Valentina was not shy about her Latino heritage. The queen from East LA started her season off with a mariachi outfit that left audiences gagging. She showcased her heritage however she could, even prayer with a veladora before one of her challenges.

5. And we can’t forget the moment she stunned audiences with her iconic mask elimination

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Valentina was unfortunate enough to be in the bottom two during her season. She had to lip sync for her life against Nina Bonina Brown but left her mask on for the performance. RuPaul was not amused and stopped the battel and demanded that Valentina remove her mask, which she asked to leave on. Turns out she didn’t know the words to the song and was eliminated but the moment is the most infamous and iconic eliminations in Drag Race herstory.

6. When Aja became Lady Liberty herself

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Aja, a queen that is as Brooklyn as it gets and loves to represent the multicultural complexity of New York.

7. When Alexis Mateo won the Leotarded challenge

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Nothing better or more challenging to show a drag queen’s body than being fully covered in curve-hugging leotards. This Puerto Rican totally owned the competition and let her booty speak for itself.

8. When Nina Flowers became a symbol of empowerment

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This proudly boricua queen became a source of support and empowerment for her fellow contestants in Season 1. She is what the show is all about: acceptance of oneself and others. Go, queen.

9. When Naysha Lopez dragged a shopping cart onstage

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The show is all about being extravagant and unpredictable. What is more WTF than being glamorous while pushing a supermarket trolley? Move those cakes, mamma.

10. When Madame LaQueer became Madame LaCrush

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This Puerto Rican loved the wrestling challenge and gave us one of the most memorable phrases of the show: “Boink Boink!”. Another memorable quote: “I just wanna pee on the floor and start doing flip flops!”

11. When Carmen Carrera rocked an afro

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One of the few contestants that presented as male and then transitioned. Carrera appeared on Season 3 and was the second contestant in the show to come back, even though she was soon eliminated.

12. When Serena ChaCha looked gorge underwater

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Well, the Panamanian could have been more graceful, but have you tried wearing heels in a pool… at a photo shoot.

13. When Monica Beverly Hillz also looked gorge underwater

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The first challenge of Season 5 gave us some wet memorable moments, no doubt, and Monica kept the cool even in distress!

14. And when she looked like a Beyonce look-a-like!

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I mean, just look at her. Full of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. 😉RuPaul’s mottos are something to behold.

15. When Rebecca Glasscock made us swoon with her Menudo boy look

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One of the greatest things about the show is that gender-bending allows contestants to show all aspects of their personality. A real Puerto Rican sweetheart.

16. And when she chose that awesome, kinky name

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She got her last name from a pen pal section in a gay magazine, but it does have a ring to it. Condragulations, mi reina!

17. When Violet Chachki went all haute couture

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This Ecuadorian hottie won Season 7 and wowed everyone truly owning the runway.

18. When Yara Sofia inspired us by shouting “Echa Pa’ Lante!”

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This boricua babe coined one of the most memorable phrases in the show so far. It literally means “move forward” and is equally emboldening and menacing. Grrr…

19. When Kenya Michaels showed us that size doesn’t matter

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This boricua lady is only 5’0″, but what she lacked in height she compensated with attitude.

20. Her fans and the drag community were shaken to the core when she performed at Pulse Nightclub the night of the deadly shooting.

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Kenya performed at the Pulse nightclub the fateful night in which dozens of partygoers were shot. She posted a photo taken before the tragedy and wrote: “My last performance to all my best friend that were in the front row, now all of them are gone.”…

21. When Vanessa Vanjie Mateo gave zero Fs and became an Internet meme

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Her dramatic exit in Season 10 reminded us of Homer Simpson’s famous disappearing meme, and meme chaos ensured. Te queremos chiquita!

22. We really can’t get enough of it!

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Look at this beauty… from eliminated contestant to instant celebrity. Glamazon!

23. When Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams was body positive

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She doesn’t care if her body shape does not fit the standards that some narrow minded babosos have. She owns her curves and is not shy to show them. Halleloo, hermana!

24. And when she dressed up as La Llorona for Day of the Dead

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Just look at her. Latina, gorge and speaking directly to her cultural roots.

25. When Venus D-Lite dressed up as Xmas

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She got into the show through an open cast audition, which is in itself a big deal. She gave us an early Navidad in Season 3 by literally dressing in tinsel and licking a candy in a suggestive fashion.

26. When Jessica Wild added some emo vibes to Season 2

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She reminded us that the show is all about diversity and that not all drag queens are flashy and Broadwayesque. Some girls love their black and Jessica sure delivered some darker vibes.

27. Last but not least, when Jade Sotomayor imitated Britney Spears

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Se nos pone la piel chinita when we remember Jade getting her groove on and becoming Britney. That’s what drag art is all about!

READ: The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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Fans Are Living For This Miss Vanjie Cake Brought To Us By Fierce Latina Queen Shuga Cain From ‘Drag Race’ Season 11


Fans Are Living For This Miss Vanjie Cake Brought To Us By Fierce Latina Queen Shuga Cain From ‘Drag Race’ Season 11

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RuPaul’s Drag Race helped usher in a new era of queer culture into the mainstream. Dozens of talented drag queens have passed through the various Untucked lounges (shout out to the Interior Illusions Lounge) but only one queen can take the crown. Win or lose, Drag Race alumni go onto do some dope things. Season 11’s Latinx Queen Shuga Cain is no exception. 

While Shuga Cain disagreed with RuPaul’s decision to have her sashay away in a group challenge, she appears to be doing just fine. 

Gimme Some Shuga 

Shuga Cain has a new cooking show called Gimme Some Shuga. The premise is simple, Shuga Cain will create cakes in the style of Drag Race legends. It’s going to be sickening, except for the cake I hope. I sincerely hope the cake tastes good and doesn’t have E. coli. Baker Justin Salinas from Cake It With Justin is set to co-host. 

World of Wonder’s WOW Presents has blessed us with a clip of the first episode. The queen they chose to honor is nothing short of legendary. It almost feels wrong to eat her… 

Vanjie! Vanjie! Vanjie!

It’s 3 AM, you hear a strange voice muffled in the darkness. Is it a burglar? A murderer? Some sorry agent of death lurking in the shadows? You approach the sound slowly, weaponized with a chancla in your hand, the stranger’s voice is clearer. “Vanjie! Vanjie! Vanjie!” Oh, it’s just Miss Vanjie breaking into your home. You give her everything because she is your God. This is not a true story but there are two true things in it: a) I worship Miss Vanjie. b) I am certain Miss Vanjie would break into a home just to stunt on whoever lives there.

The series has introduced us to many talented queens, but few became icons within seconds. Anyone can make an entrance, fewer can slay an exit. Miss Vanjie was the first queen eliminated in season 10 of Drag Race. In the first episode of any reality TV show, there are so many contestants and so little screentime to go around. Miss Vanjie barely left an impression on the judges — until she was eliminated.

That iconic moment.

Walking backward in a DIY dress made of severed Barbie doll parts, Miss Vanjie stunned judges by shouting her name as if it were some call to arms. “Vanjie! Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjie!” The moment instantly went viral and Miss Vanjie secured herself a second chance in a future season of Drag Race. Now that is some real crafty, chingona sh*t. As my mother always says, Latinos are a resourceful people.

It is no surprise Shuga Cain and Justin chose to make their first cake in the style of Miss Vanjie’s popping, pink elimination outfit. 

Tres Miss Vanjie Cake

In the series, the duo reveals their decorating secrets to school even the most rudimentary bakers on new techniques for high concept cakes that are meant for special occasions like quinceaneras, graduations, and weddings. Whether you plan on making the cake or not in real life, seeing the process that goes into fancy cake-making is interesting and there is no shortage of laughs. While Justin spearheads the decorative process, Shuga Cain roasts Miss Vanjie and herself. 

The series combines many of my favorite things: drag queens, baked goods, and humor. All six episodes are available on World of Wonder’s WOW Presents Plus subscription streaming service. 

“I want more Miss Vanjie…” 

If like me, you came for Miss Vanjie, stayed for the laughs, but still want more Miss Vanjie, rest assured she is coming. The Network has a reality show slated for release starring Miss Vanjie and Silky Nutmeg Ganache called Nightmare Neighbors with Silky & Vanjie. I assume this is a show where Miss Vanjie breaks into people’s homes to stunt on them in the middle of the night? 

Just know that if you ever feel alone, if you ever feel scared, if you’re ever stranded in a desolate forest, all you have to do is say “Vanjie! Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjiiiiiie,” three times. Unfortunately, no one will come but you will make yourself laugh at how quickly you’ve lost your sanity. That’s the power of Miss Vanjie! 

These Celebs Are Pushing The Concept Of Gender Further Than Ever Before And That Is Something To Celebrate


These Celebs Are Pushing The Concept Of Gender Further Than Ever Before And That Is Something To Celebrate

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Non-binary individuals, also known as genderqueer, encompasses a spectrum of gender identities that escape the traditional definitions of masculine and feminine. In short, their gender identity falls outside the man/woman gender binary, outside cisgender paradigms (cisgender refers to a person whose personal identity and gender both correspond to their birth sex). For years, genderqueer folks were forced to live in the shadows, either due to conservative social norms or due to lack of awareness of this identity.

Recently, a group of celebs have come out as non-binary and we think that’s fabulous. We can think, for example, of Australian model Ruby Rose (remember their steamy affair with Piper in “Orange is the New Black”? Just this month “Queer Eye”hairstylist extraordinaire Jonathan Van Ness came out as non-binary. He told OUT magazine: “The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it. I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to. I always used to think ‘Oh, I’m like a gay man,’ but I think any way I can let little boys and little girls know that they can express themselves and they can like be.” This pretty much sums up what genderqueer identity is all about.

Because we celebrate identities of all forms, here are some genderqueer POC stars that make us proud and happy! Some of them have identified as genderqueer while others have broken the paradigms of cisnormativity. Bien por ellos, muy bien!

Rico Dalasam, the Brazilian rap dynamo

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This Brazilian rap artist and former hairdresser has taken his genderqueer identity to powerful lyrics of political resistance. He told Vice: “All the marginal communities I’m a part of—young, black, gay—all of these identities are forced to be ashamed by the oppressor. But I’m the potential of resistance.” With a career that started in 2014, Rico Dalasam has achieved success thanks to his high couture looks and remorseless combative attitude.

Bad Bunny, the boricua marvel

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Bad Bunny wears long nails and jewelry that would commonly be associated with a feminine aesthetic. As we have reported, he is unbothered by those who criticize his non-binary moda. He identifies as a straight man but finds inspiration in the queer community. He has talked about his fashion choices in a GQ interview: “There’s people that appreciate what I do; there’s people that criticize it,. There’s people who say, ‘Thank you for sticking up [for us], thank you for defending [this].’ There’s others that say I’m an opportunist.” Be what it may, Bad Bunny is challenging the role of masculinity in urban culture and in a musical genre, reggaeton, that is often criticized for its often sexist lyrics.

Valentina, global drag phenomenon

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“I identify as nonbinary,” Valentina told Out in an interview. “I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman. I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.”

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar is one of the most recognizable faces in the drag world. We are so proud of the Latino representation Valentina has been able to bring to the drag world.

Chaska Sofia a.k.a DJ Precolumbian, the amazing Peruvian music powerhouse

Making it in the electronic music scene is not easy, and much less so if you are a genderqueer Peruvian DJ. Bue Chaska Sofia has played in the creme de la creme of the London underground scene. They told the magazine Electic Llama: “I feel like I identify more as a woman now; I’ve been transitioning for almost five years. I like the term ‘genderqueer’ because it challenges not just sexuality, but also gender.”

Aja, bruja extravaganza

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Aja’s experience coming to terms with her gender identity was a long one.

“When I was 18, I actually lived as a trans woman for almost a year,” Aja told Them. “I thought I was trans, and then I learned through the education of the queer community about being non-binary, genderqueer, and all these different [identities]. I realized that I do feel like a woman, but I feel comfortable in my body. I don’t feel the need to change anything. I don’t feel the need to appear more feminine to society’s standards.”

Amandla Stenberg, from “The Hunger Games” to queer advocate

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This amazing African-American young actress openly uses they/them as pronouns. She came out as non-binary on Tumblr (before she came out to her family!), by writing: “I honestly don’t know… I mean they/them makes me feel comfortable but I know that the media and the general populace that follows me will critique it/not understand which makes me feel sad and almost more uncomfortable. So I guess she/her for now”. Not in the cisgender closet anymore, dear Amandla! 

Jaden Smith, the prodigal son

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The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith first gained notoriety regarding his non-gendered persona in 2016, when he started using women’s clothing. Even though he identifies as a straight man, Jaden has become an ally of genderqueer individuals in that he epitomizes the rejection of constrictive gender norms. Good for him. When he was criticized for wearing dresses, he tweeted: “If I Wanna Wear A Dress, Then I Will, And That Will Set The New Wave… -JADEN SMITH #ICON.” 

Liniker Barros, the Brazilian soul star

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Samba and Latin rhythms find a nice home in the tender voice of this musical prodigy. Liniker is the lead singer if the band Liniker and the Caramelows, and many of their lyrics focus on the joy and tribulations of those who are not cisgender. They told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: “Why should I wear jeans and a T-shirt and present myself as just a voice? My body is political. I need to show my audience what I’m living.” Liniker is well aware of the fact that they represent a wider community. They told Now: “[My] visibility as a singer helps me occupy spaces that aren’t the usual ones for trans women. That representation is so important. Brazil remains a very transphobic, chauvinist, racist country, with a lot of hate speech. When a trans woman takes the stage, that alone is political.”

Angel Haze, rapping for freedom

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Born Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson, this rap artist identifies as pansexual and agender. Angel Haza has said: “I sound like four people when I get written about as ‘they.’ It drives me crazy. If you call me ‘him’ or ‘her’ it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience.” Quite an interesting and revolutionary approach! Angel Haze used to date Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. 

Jenny Shimizu, the norm-defying model

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This Asian-American model has defiedCredit: linikeroficial / Instagram the looks that are “acceptable” on the catwalk. With her short hair and fluid identity she defied the expectations of the fashion industry. She is rumored to have had a relationship with Madonna. A genderqueer style icon for the ages. She loves being called “handsome”, which says a lot about her genderless philosophy. 

Grace Jones, the queer icon

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During the 1980s, in the midst of the conservatism of the Reagan era, Grace Jones was a gender-bending phenomenon who became a queer icon. Jones was born in Jamaica and now, even being over 70, she is still a fashion pioneer. Long live Grace Jones, the patron saint of genderqueer! She said in her memoirs: “Those who demand that you conform the most to how they live are the ones who are the most scared and intimidated by life.” Preach!

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