Miss Vanjie is Back for Season 11, Here’s Why She Is The Most Relevant

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Film And TV Latino Dads That We Just Want To Hug Like Our Own


Film And TV Latino Dads That We Just Want To Hug Like Our Own

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Latino dads in film and television have given us tender and llegadores moments. In general, these men are torn between traditional Latin American gender roles (they have to be strong, impenetrable, the providers) and being vulnerable and, well, just human beings. This list includes characters from both Hollywood and Latin American entertainment industries. These characters have charmed us and made us think of our own dads, their struggles, dreams, and tribulations. 

Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) in “Jane the Virgin”
Type of papá: cursi but sweet

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He is silly on the outside, but on the inside, he is a nice man who wants to make up for lost time. When he finds out he has a daughter he immediately puts on the dad suit and becomes emotionally available for our Jane. 

Ignacio Suarez (Tony Plana) in “Ugly Betty”
Type of papá: preocupón and accepting

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Raising dos chamacos by himself hasn’t been easy, but he is supportive even though he worries way too much sometimes. Don’t all daddies do that, though?

Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) in “A Better Life”
Type of papá: heroic but tough

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The story of Carlos resonates with millions in the United States. He lives in the shadows due to his illegal status, but he does everything to provide for his teenage son. 

Miguel’s dad (Jaime Camil) in “Coco”
Type of papá: conservative but a sweetheart

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He is the epitome of the Latino dad: he wants his son to follow on his footsteps, but eventually gives in and understands that everyone has a life of their own and Miguel needs to follow his musical dreams. 

Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) in “Selena”
Type of papá: luchón and encouraging

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The patriarch of the Quintanilla clan is a true leader who wants to bring out the best in his offspring… even though peca de rudo at times. 

Raúl (Jorge Cervera, Jr.) in “Real Women Have Curves”
Type of papá: supporting

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This movie about a Chicana teen who wants to go to college is a gem. Her mom disapproves because she wants her to work and chip in with the house expenses. Her dad says ni madres, that girl is going to college. 

César Chávez (Michael Peña) in “Cesar Chavez”
Type of papá: idealistic and passionate

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The story of the Latino leader is a testament to the power of will. He knew what the best he can do for his children is creating overall better conditions for Latinos and that is what he does!

Cole Marquez in “Dora The Explorer”

Type of papá: amoroso

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Nothing like a cool dad that lets his daughter’s imagination run wild! 

Diego (Jesus Ochoa) in “Sangre de mi sangre”
Type of papá: brave enough to fight his own demons

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This unjustly underrated indie film tells the story of a migrant worker who is due to receive his son in Brooklyn… but his son’s identity is stolen by an impostor. Tough to watch but very rewarding. 

José Rivera (Johnny Laboriel) in “Carrusel”
Type of papá: Dignified

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It is not easy to be Afro-Mexican due to the still persisting racism that exists in some sectors in Mexico City. Cirilo’s dad was dignified and didn’t let discrimination impact his son’s identity. 

Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira) in the Mexican film “El violín”
Type of papá: political activist and idealistic 

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This low-key but moving indie film tells the story of Don Plutarco and his son, who are musicians but also guerrilla fighters. A story about how activism and the fight against injustice is passed on from generation to generation. 

Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) in “Instructions not Included” (No se aceptan devoluciones)
Type of papá: a bit clueless but very loving

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The ultimate movie about the daddy-daughter bond. After unexpectedly receiving a kid at his doorstep, this former ladies man makes fatherhood his way of life… until something threatens this everlasting bond. 

George Lopez as himself in “George Lopez Show”
Type of papá: chistoso, duh

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A sort of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for Latino audiences. Can you imagine having un papito that is so funny that he cannot even regañarte without making you laugh, mijo?

Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt) in “Modern Family”
Type of papá: desmadroso but a bit caring

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Just like in any culture, sadly there are many Latino absentee fathers and Manny’s is one of them. But, truth be told, he does step up when he needs to. We just wish he did more for his son. 

Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez) in “Six Feet Under”
Type of papá: hardworking 

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Rico is the perfect example of the family man who works his butt off to provide for his family. He is also available to his two sons, who seem to be a bit of a handful, dicho sea de paso!

César (César Costa) in “Papá Soltero”
Type of papá: incondicional 

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A single dad with three teenage kids… this show influenced a whole generation of Spanish-speaking audiences. César and his famous sweater collection became the epitome of the caring and often confused Latino dad. 

Don Ramón (Ramón Valdés) in “Chespirito”
Type of papá: fun, fun, fun

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The father of La Chilindrina in the show that made Mexican television influential the world over. Don Ramón is a cultural icon even today, due to his nutty sense of humor and his incorruptible fatherly love. 

José Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) in “My Family”
Type of papá: old-school

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An epic story directed by Gregory Nava about three generations of Mexican-American migrants. The patriarch travels to the U.S. in search of a better life and sets roots in el gabacho

Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina) in “Nothing Like the Holidays”
Type of papá: a bit clumsy

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Alfred Molina is super funny as a dad who is slowly but surely entering his golden years…. but will they be golden if his wife decides to leave?

Kraken (Ricardo Darín) in “XXY”
Type of papá: protective

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This Argentinian film tells the story of Alex, a person who was raised as a girl despite having both male and female sex organs. While everyone wants Alex to be “normal”, Kraken wants what is best for his child: uniqueness, being themselves. 

OK, this last one is actually awful but we had to include him. Ready? Luisito Rey (Óscar Jaenada) in “Luis Miguel: La Serie”
Type of papá: THE-WORST-DAD-EVER

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He has become a cult figure due to his overall awfulness. The things he does to his talented son. He has become a meme factory.

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