The mother of all Drag Race exits has left the building once again. And even though we have to say it was a well-deserved elimination (finally!), watching a legendary queen sashay away wasn’t easy.
Miss Vanjie was obviously a fan favorite and people are having all the feels.
Even if she was a fan favorite, it’s been pretty well-accepted that Miss Vanjie just didn’t deliver this episode and when you’re in the Top 5, you have to bring it every. single. time.
But let’s start from the top.
As always, the queens return to the workroom after Nina’s elimination. Everyone seems surprised at her elimination and given the tone of their conversation, Nina’s a shoo-in for Miss Congeniality this season.
Silky is still pissed at Brooke for pairing her with Soju for the makeover challenge, but there’s no doubt among the queens that she deserved to be in the bottom.
Both A’keria and Brooke are straight with her about her underwhelming lip-sync since she’s been hyping up her lip-sync skills all season and when finally tested, she was a complete mess.
Yet for some reason, Mother Ru keeps saving her. Like whyyyy?!
Don’t tell this to the Reverend Doctor or you’re going to have some serious issues but after numerous critiques from the judges, Silky has completely failed to improve.
When it came time for the Lip Sync, Mama Ru went for the ratings and pitted Miss Vanjie against Brooke.
Each had to perform to the Aretha Franklin classic “Pride: A Deeper Love.” After what can only be described as a pretty average lip synch, Ru decides to save Brooke and tells Miss Vanjie to sashay away.
But did their “situation-ship” survive the battle?
According to Miss Vanjie in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, we’ll have to wait until the reunion special to hear the tea on #Branjie, but that video looks pretty clear to us.
Crown or no crown, Vanjie is loved!
All over social media, Miss Vanjie is getting an outpouring of support and love.
Like, seriously, really truly loved!
Fans are doing all they can to keep #Vanjie trending on Twitter and so far it’s definitely working.
Many though are just glad this is finally an elimination that was decided fairly after the Silky debacle of last week.
Like, for real Mama Ru, what were you thinking? #BringBackNina
All season long, we’ve been faced with shady eliminations.
I mean…Shuga…come on! That was totally wrong.
But ultimately, Mother Ru simply sent Vanjie off to pack for an inevitable return in All-Stars.
And we are here for it. Miss Vanjie has cemented her place in Drag Race fandom and as the first queen eliminated in season 10 to making the top five in season 11….not many could pull off that kind of turnaround.
But for the question you’re all asking…did her exit on Season 11 top her exit on Season 10?
Let’s be real, she was never going to top her iconic first exit, but it was fun to see her go in such a different way this time. “Bring pack that spotlight!”
She may not have made the finale this time, but with a bit more seasoning, Vanjie will be a serious contender wherever she pops up next.
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.
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!
Pabllo Vittar is a global superstar, a Brazilian drag queen that has broken into the mainstream both in her home country and abroad. With Pride Month in full swing, it is a good time to learn about this gorgeous diva who will be part of the NYC Pride Island 2019 alongside Grace Jones and Teyana Taylor. NYC Pride Island will take place from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30 at Pier 97 in New York City. Get your awesomeness ready and your dance moves up to scratch everyone! This year is special due to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots when members of the LGBTQ+ community protested against police raids aimed at maiming the community. We couldn’t think of a better performer to honor the brave men and women of Stonewall that could be as appropriate as Pabllo Vittar, who has rejected Brazil’s far-right moves against sexual and gender diversity.
Her full name es digno of an epic Brazilian telenovela.
Repeat after us: Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva. It has such a nice sound to it. We can almost hear the gorgeous rhythms of samba when we say it.
She was born on born November 1, 1994, in São Luís, Brazil.
The sea has always been part of her life. Her hometown is a small enclave in the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its pristine beaches and amazing, golden sunsets.
Pabllo Vittar has a twin sister, because, of course.
Even though they are not identical, Pabllo Vittar and Phamella are inseparable!
Pabllo Vittar made the jump as a drag superstar in Brazil to the world.
Pabllo Vittar has garnered an impressive international following. On her Instagram account, she has over 5 million followers from all around the globe. She said during an interview for YouTube Brazil: “People have really embraced my ideas, my work, my engagement”. They sure have!
Her TV debut was an undeniable success.
At only 20 years of age, Pabllo Vittar was brave enough to perform on live TV. She performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and the rest, as they say, is history. This is a big deal in Brazil, one of the countries with the highest incidence of hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities. She has always been proud of herself, a symbol of honesty and love.
She became a superstar in 2015. Yeah, just a year after she made her public debut!
Her video “Open Bar,” a Portuguese-language adaptation of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” was a total success. I just four months it had been watched more than a million times on YouTube.
Pabllo Vittar has totally broken into the Brazilian mainstream.
It is not common for drag queens in Latin America to get promotional deals with mainstream companies, but Pabllo Vittar is all about breaking the rules. iFood Brazil, a food delivery app, has signed her, which speaks volumes about the transformational power that Pabllo Vittar has had on popular culture’s perception of drag queens.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Even Calvin Klein signed her.
Not only has Pabllo Vittar broken into the mainstream. Calvin Klein Brazil now uses her as a spokesperson, with the My Truth campaign as the wonderful excuse. It pays to be yourself, doesn’t it?
Her debut album Vai Passar Mal was released in early 2017.
The album’s second single, “Todo Dia”, became a hit in that year’s Carnival celebrations, which pretty much guaranteed her success in the party-crazed nation. Can we please all go to Brazil, Oprah?
But the third single, “K.O” really broke the Internet, at least the Brazilian Internet.
Is it us or is she giving us total Angelina Jolie vibes here? Anyway, “K.O” has over 400 million views on YouTube. That is B.I.G. Enorme, Pablito!
Pabllo Vittar’s madrina is a legendary Brazilian singer.
The iconic singer Anitta has taken her under her wing, helping bring Pabllo Vittar into the mainstream through collaborations. This was a great strategy in a country where religious and political intolerance runs rampant, particularly since the election of Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Trump, as president.
Pabllo Vittar grew up without a father and seems to have turned out just fine.
Pabllo Vittar’s family experienced a lot of hardship. Her mother was a nurse, and she was abandoned by the father when she was pregnant with Pabllo Vittar and her twin sister. Pabllo Vittar had to learn to defend a los suyos from very early on in life.
As a little boy, Pabllo Vittar was the victim of bullying.
Because of his tender voice and delicate gestures, and because he attended ballet classes, Pabllo Vittar was bullied by other boys. At one time a plate of hot soup was thrown on his face. This types of experiences shaped the gay rights warrior that Pabllo Vittar is today.
Pabllo Vittar’s artistic beginnings: family parties.
Pabllo Vittar would sing covers and even his own songs at family parties. Those are some lucky primos.
He came out at 15 and never looked back.
By that time the mom had remarried. It was all good with the family when Pabllo Vittar came out, which is perhaps the strength, los cimientos, that has allowed for those amazing talents to flourish.
Pabllo Vittar began performing in drag when he was 17.
At first Pabllo Vittar was only delivering flyers to publicize his friend’s shows but once he dressed up artistic inspiration just started flowing. Soon the makeup would be put on and the extravaganza turned up for gay parades and performances.
Pabllo Vittar’s first drag name: Pabllo Knowles.
And of course, that was an homage to the queen of all things Black and Brown: Beyonce! Te amamos, reina.
By now, Pabllo Vittar is the face and voice of Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community.
Just five years after doing drag for the first time, the singer-songwriter is already a beacon of hope in an intolerant country. Pabllo Vittar identifies as a gay drag queen and is the face of gender fluidity and just plain awesomeness!
But why did Pabllo Vittar chose a masculine stage name? Honesty.
Pabllo Vittar is revolutionary in every sense, even in the stage name. Since he doesn’t identify as transgender, Pabllo Vittar was born.
Pabllo Vittar knows what it feels like to be down, so she wants to bring joy through singing.
Honesty is the best policy. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “When you suffer prejudice, your self-esteem is low, you don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to leave the house”. She found a way out, and her music is an anthem for all who dare to be themselves in a conservative society.
He lives by the motto: “Todo sobre mi madre.”
At the end, Pabllo Vittar’s story reveals the power that mothers can have in their kid’s futures. Because Pabllo Vittar’s mom was the ideal mami hermosa when her kid came out, millions have benefited from this amazing drag queen’s light. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “Even before my sexuality flowered, my mother already talked very openly about this with me,. My family always really respected me and gave me total freedom to do everything I wanted.” If only every single family was this loving.