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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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Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything

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Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything

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It’s been almost 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar and devastated her fans. Back in the 1980’s she was being refused booking for being a woman singing in the mostly male-dominated Tejano genre but she pushed through and is an icon to millions. With the new internet age, it was only a matter of time till we had Selena memes for every situation. Thankfully, that day is here.

1. Sheer surprise and horror.

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Seeing your teacher outside of school is one of the most shocking moments for kids. Like, why are they just here at the grocery store shopping? Don’t they live at the school? Are they going to give me a pop quiz in front of my mom?

2. There’s nothing more devastating than someone taking your food.

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Your parents always told you that you were so dramatic when this happened. It’s like they don’t understand that you have been waiting for this moment all day and now someone has taken away the one thing that brought you joy. Selena gets it. Selena gets you.

3. Some of the memes are a little…much.

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This is probably not a meme you want to throw around, but, tbh, me.

4. Some of the memes offer necessary and relevant relationship advice.

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Okay, so Selena really understands us. We are always hungry and when our boos ask what’s wrong, it is likely the only answer.

5. This whole adulting thing is too much for some people.

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She was such an icon, and so ahead of her time. You validate me, Selena. I want to be like you when I grow up.

6. Food > Everything

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I’m pretty sure I use this phrase about 10 times a week. I just don’t understand why more people don’t drown themselves in pizza. It is a gift from up above.

7. She had her own food appearance moment.

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Only the greats find a way to come back on food to show the world that they will not be forgotten.

8. How long until she is part of Disney royalty?

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She is one of the most loved and respected musical princesses of our generation. We want to see her face all over that Disney merch.

9. She is a trendsetter that everyone tries to overlook.

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Yeah. That’s right. Selena was the first celebrity to make having a butt something to be celebrated.

10. The feud that shouldn’t be.

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There is room for both of them to exist in your playlist. After all, Gomez was named after Selena because her mother was such a big fan. If anything, it’s a touching homage.

READ: 11 Reasons Why: What Makes Selena Special For Us Latinos

11. We will never get over her.

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It’s hard to imagine a world without Selena. We are living in one physically but we just can’t let her go from our hearts and minds.

12. Did we mention that she is great for relationship reactions?

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That was cute, boo. *wipes tear from my smizing eye* I needed that pick-me-up. Distribute this meme widely.

13. The movie is soul crushing after all these years.

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Every time. We hid our tears during high school Spanish class y, como viejos, we openly weep. 😩

14. Playing Yolanda Saldívar took courage for sure.

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That’s what you call a good job. She was able to play the woman who killed Selena and made us feel that.

15. Tips on how to talk to the negative people in your life.

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Modern slang is confusing and, honestly, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

16. “Mean Girls” quotes + Selena = My life.

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Yeah. It’s a hard rule, and it’s for every day of the week and we don’t care how many Kälteen bars you’ve eaten today.

17. She encourages us to be the sleuths we are meant to be.

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Every expression she makes –pensive, quizzical, sorpresa– is a work of art. So spot on.

18. She makes a better Waldo than Waldo.

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Carmen Sandiego is somewhere quaking at Selena’s multiple talents.

19. She has collabed with young Cardi B for some fun time.

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LOLOLOL

20. Why is she so wise in these memes? 💯

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We miss you, Selena, if you’re listening. We’ll never stop loving and memorializing you. ❤️


READ: 25 Crazy Facts About ‘Selena’ You Probably Didn’t Know (Including One About Brownface)

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