Miss Vanjie is Back for Season 11, Here’s Why She Is The Most Relevant
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has become hotbed for LGBTQ+ icons, especially in the Latino community. Throughout the years, RuPaul has begrudgingly given us Queen Puerto Rican-Peruvian trans activist and supermodel Carmen Carrera. This past year, the Internet experienced the “Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjiiiiiee” cult sensation after she was eliminated in the first episode.
The good news is that she’s coming back for Season 11, which premieres February 28th on VH1. Here are 20 reasons why the stanbase for Miss Vanjie is so strong.
She is an unapologetic Puerto Rican queen.
She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, a cozy community for Cuban ex-pats and Puerto Ricans. If you ask her via Twitter if she’s proud to be Boricua, she’ll give a resounding “claro, puta.”
The man behind the stage persona is Jose Cancel.
He identifies as a gay man and, of course, Queen.
Caption: “the pimp behind Vanjie lol #gobblegobble”
Miss Vanjie only lasted on one episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but has left a lasting legacy.
Besides the obvious genius of her floral, mermaid Barbie outfit, her exit was strange and dramatic. She just shouted her own name louder and louder for a total of three times as she walked backward off the stage.
Then came the memes.
Even Kathy Griffith made a lip sync video creeping her partner out to the voice of Miss Vanjie. Miss Vanjie herself reportedly was shocked that Kathy Griffith even knew who she is.
Her favorite meme was “The Shining meme.
She didn’t quite realize it was a twist on “The Shining.” She just thought it was super creepy and, Boricuas somos brujas.
She said “there was no f***ing meaning” to her chant.
She told Billboard, “I didn’t anticipate getting kicked off first, so I didn’t plan my exit, I didn’t plan what to say, I didn’t plan what to write on the mirror with the lipstick message. I didn’t plan any of that.
Fan art has overfloweth since.
Someone actually spent the time cross-stiching this. It’s the new mal de ojo.
Lady Gaga even chimed in to stan Miss Vanjie after her elimination.
Pretty much, the moment she back walked off that stage, we all knew a major mistake just went down. Latinas. We know how to make an exit.
“I feel like I got eliminated, but I’m still there.”
She told VH1 that it’s the best of both worlds. She doesn’t have to do the work, but there isn’t a single episode that she hasn’t been mentioned in for the rest of the season.
RuPaul low-key was thinking about Miss Vanjie many weeks after her elimination.
Miss Vanjie told Billboard that she just said, “Girl, I’m in Denver. Are we gonna meet up for lunch?” Meanwhile, other users were pointing out that RuPaul is missing her big presence on his show.
RuPaul was even wearing her name around his neck by the end of the season.
She told Mic, “The last time someone wore my name around their neck was my ex. I was like b*tch, am I taken? Do I need to change my Facebook profile or something?”
She wants to put “Miss Vanjie” on tampons and pads.
She’s here for all the merch options and it looks like we can expect some to roll out on her site soon. We think she sanitary products are probably going to roll out after the apparel. 😉
She never imagined she’d be this huge sensation.
When asked about how it feels to be one of the biggest names in drag, Miss Vanjie had this to tell Mic, “I always been a little bit extra. I always knew I was going to something with entertainment, I didn’t know it was going to involve a wig.”
She won’t stop for all her fans but will stop for every child stan.
“If I’m rushing or something, and it’s a kid, I have to stop. Like, I have to,” she told Mic. She even wanted to hire two little girls who dressed up in her elimination outfit as her backup dancers. Pending parental approval.
Jose Cancel used to work at a MAC store.
Now we know how she has so much MUA game. She’s a professional. Just look at her amazing work on her face. She is definitely someone who can give you some necessary makeup tips when you need them.
The first time her mom met Miss Vanjie, she wasn’t here for it.
She told him not to quit his day job. Her exact words according to Miss Vanjie’s version told to Mic was, “My mom was like don’t you dare quit your job and do drag.”
Now her mom wants to take credit for her fame.
“Now my mom is like, ‘Oh b*tch you just like me. Miss Vanjie–that’s me.’,” she tells Mic. “Oh and now you wanna take credit, okay.”
Miss Vanjie made it to the September 2018 issue cover of Gay Times.
In it, she talked about how happy she is that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is here for kids these days. When she was growing up, she looked to Britney Spears like how kids at DragCon look to the Queens.
Fans have been sending her some … intimate … videos.
She told Gay Times, “Fans love to send me videos of them being in an intimate setting with somebody else, and then say my name in the middle of them having sex. It’s so weird. It’s the freakiest f***ing thing.”
Catch her making her re-entrance on Season 11.
Ultimately, she just wants to inspire kids to express themselves. “If I’m able to make people relate and express themselves, and I inspire them to do whatever they might want to do – even if it’s Barbie or flowers on a corset – I think it’s great,” she told Gay Times.
We’re already inspired by you, Miss Vanjie!