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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

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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! 

As ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Wraps Up Its 11th Season, Let’s Have A Well Deserved Moment Of Silence For Miss Shuga Cain

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As ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Wraps Up Its 11th Season, Let’s Have A Well Deserved Moment Of Silence For Miss Shuga Cain

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Reality television can be cruel for both contestants and fans. Sometimes our favorite faces leave way too early, and we are left wanting to get to know them a bit better. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has both broken and lifted our spirits for almost a decade and this 11th season has not been the exception.

One of the most beloved queens of recent times has been Suga Cain, the curvaceous and salacious diva who makes strong political statements (yes, she went there and dressed like President Donald Trump, as you will see in images below). She has entertained us with her unique style. She came in 7th in the season, but in our hearts, she is a true winner.

Jesus Martinez is the man behind the elegant and vivacious queen Miss Shuga Cain.

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One of the best things about Shuga Cain’s Instagram is the fact that we get to see both facets of her life: a proud gay man and a professional and sparkly queen with tons of creativity. 

And that boy sure packs some serious muscles.

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Jesus, miren a Jesus! Martinez is a consummate sportsman, a triathlete who runs-bikes-swims to compete with the best. This certainly gives Miss Shuga Cain the required strength for all those acrobatic dances she has delighted us with. 

He is also in love with this handsome bear, her partner Gilbert Gaona.

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Ay, madre santa, son tan lindos. Look at these two, Jesus and his fiancé Gilbert in the City of Lights, Paris, enjoying some much-needed couple time. This photo is so cliche, but we love it. Que sean felices por los siglos de los siglos y amen. 

Gilbert is ultra supportive so, of course, we love him already.

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We love Gilbert’s Instagram almost as much as we love Shuga’s! Here, he shows his support for su corazoncito and captures the pride and flashiness of queer culture.

But what does Shuga Cain even mean?

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The origin of the stage name is threefold. First ingredient: sugar, of course, as she loves all things candy and baking. Second ingredient: the character Shug Avery from the novel “The Color Purple”(if you only watched the Steven Spielberg film that’s OK, we give you a pass). Third ingredient: the performance artist Candis Cayne. 

Jesus had a corporate job that he quit to become Shuga Cain.

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Sometimes you have to let go of your current life and really shake your life to the core if you want to pursue your dreams, and that is exactly what Jesus did to deliver this ravaging queen.

It only took her 18 months to succeed as a drag queen.

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A mere year and a half after Jesus quit his six-figure pay, Shuga Cain was already a fixture in the very competitive New York drag queen circuit. Dreams don’t wait for you, do they?

Her secret weapon: opera and performance theater and she slayyyys.

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We can really see the influence that performance artist Candis Cayne has had on Shuga: her style is based in opera-like extravaganza and out-there outfits that verge on the sublime.

Jesus has Latin American and Native American heritage making his drag super poignant and doubly beautiful.

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She is as proudly Brown as it gets! Some of her outfits speak of her ancestral roots in the land that is now the United States of America. Her papito is from El Salvador and her mamita is Spanish and Native American (Apache) from New Mexico.

She’s a Cali girl!

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That’s right: she might have made her name in the Big Apple, but her freshness and onstage dorky attitude scream California. She was born in the town of Magalia, a small town in the forest. How cute!

Her elimination was, and is still, very controversial.

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It happened in episode 10 when she was sent home by Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Fans of the show immediately became keyboard warriors and blamed the producers, arguing that they wanted to send her home because they always saw her as a filler contestant. 

Of course, Shuga Cain didn’t remain quiet.

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That thing of calladita te ves mas bonita didn’t apply for Miss Cain, who has been very vocal about the unfairness of her elimination. She has been supported by fans. Will we see her return in a future All-Stars? 

She has one of the best entrance quotes in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” history.

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“Get ready y’all, cause this sugar is so sweet!” Ay, mamacita divina.

 She is 41-year-old, which makes her older than many contestants of the show but she is just as graceful and energetic as the younger queens.

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That is right, she was born in 1977. One of her most memorable quotes is “I can be your grandmother, girl.” She said that to Plastique Tiara, referring to her age. She also said: “Do I have to really say 40?” Te amamos, reinita chula de preciosa

Her farewell message was tender and supportive even if the elimination was crap.

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And we quote: “You all hold a very special place in my heart. Make Nana proud ♡ Shuga.” Can we even love her more? 

You can feel Shuga Cain’s Scorpio energy.

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She is only the third Scorpio on the show and the first since season 5. Maybe being outspoken played against her? Was it the stars that aligned in her detriment? We should ask Walter. 

She’s an incredibly self-sufficient entrepreneur.

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After her fame skyrocketed she created her website, https://www.shugssweetshop.com/, where you can book her for a show and buy licensed products. Maybe this is only the beginning of her American Dream.

We cannot forget about the time Shuga Cain became Charo for the Snatch Game.

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Shuga Cain often makes veiled references to popular culture. Her Snatch Game look as Charo was a revelation of monumental proportions. We still think about it because it was just so damn good.

She performs all around the world, as a true queen should.

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Montreal, Vienna, Toronto… Miss Shuga Cain is everywhere, and perhaps her elimination encouraged her to be a globetrotter. Wanna check out if she will be in your city soon, here are her tour details

She wears her age as a badge of honor.

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She told Jezebel:  “I’ve had all these years to build all these incredible skills as a person, as an actor, and as an artist. I mean, it’s still scary, and I still go through it. But like I feel like I’m better able to handle the stresses of what it is, and I know how to behave and how to act.”

Did we say she has a Master’s degree in opera?

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Many were surprised by the fact that she was chosen in only her second try, but the fact is that she has been performing since she was a little boy. She has a higher degree in opera, so turning life into theatrical experiences is nothing new to her.

Here’s a cute funny picture of her to wrap this up because we could keep going.

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Those Snapchat filters really suit her! ❤️

OK, last picture, we promise.

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And what about this homage to She-Ra, a queer symbol like any other? We just can’t get enough sugar, can we?

READ: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Have Serious Questions About Shuga Cain’s Unjust Elimination

Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

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Finally A Drag Race Elimination That We Can All Agree With Even If It Still Kinda Hurts

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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Like, for real Mama Ru, what were you thinking? #BringBackNina

All season long, we’ve been faced with shady eliminations.

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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?

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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.

READ: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Have Serious Questions About Shuga Cain’s Unjust Elimination

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