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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.

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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!

READ: 27 Moments When Latina Queens Ruled In RuPaul’s Drag Race

Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

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Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

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If Jesus Martinez didn’t quit his six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen, we may have never known Shuga Cain, as seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Shuga Cain and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot more in common than Latinidad. They both have risked the only life they’ve ever known to achieve their dreams. They both share the same political ideologies, and Shuga Cain has rooted AOC’s rise to influence within Congress.

That said, AOC said it first: she doesn’t know mierda about glam. Now, Shuga Cain is offering to teach her some of her tricks, and the Internet is stanning the collaboration we never knew we needed.

Once AOC took to her Instagram story to announce to the world she was on “the struggle bus big time,” trying to “glow up,” Shuga Cain came to the rescue.

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Over Labor Day weekend, AOC seemed to take the opportunity to play around with some false lashes. We didn’t get a glimpse at the lashes in action, but rather a photo of the lashes retired to their box, to be glued on another day. The freshman Congresswoman joked, “I am trying to practice my glow up skills and am on the struggle bus big time.” It seems she’s definitely having a sense of humor about it. 😂

Miss Shuga Cain heard the cry for help and offered her help.

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The drag queen, who starred in Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” shared the image of the sad lashes to her Twitter account with a question we all didn’t even know we needed to hear: “@AOC, how about we do a glam session together?” Miss Shuga Cain offered, “I’ll teach you some of my tricks! 😉” While we can’t quite price the worth of that glam session, we know it’s probably far out of the Congresswoman’s budget, and a generous gift from Miss Cain.

Claro, AOC is a logical woman and accepted the offer.

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“I’d love that!” AOC replied, along with emojis signifying her signature Puerto Rican red lip look. “YAASS! Let do it!! Messaging you!” Shuga Cain replied. While their first ever online exchange seems to be ongoing within private messages, Twitter is speculating on all the ways we wish to see this collaboration meet the public eye.

Fans are asking that AOC join “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge on the next season.

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Imagine the BTS the American public deserves–to see Shuga Cain doing AOC’s makeup before the show. Imagine forever being able to watch AOC apply those lashes and red lip on her Instagram story while she talks about the origin story of Taki’s and Trader Joe’s rip off of Latin culture? Imagine the possibilities.

Others are calling out AOC for already being a perfect angel.

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“Miss Ocasio-Cortez is already the most glowingly glown-up EVERRR!” tweeted one major AOC fan. It’s a hard tug-of-war between needing the collaboration video of AOC and Miss Shuga Cain interacting and knowing that beauty procedures as small as gluing eyelashes onto your lids is just enablement of patriarchal beauty standards that ultimately cost women their money and time. We get it. 

Shuga Cain has publicly supported AOC’s politics time and time again.

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Earlier this year, Shuga Cain retweeted a viral video of AOC telling seven big bank CEOs. She said, “In my district, I represent Riker’s island. I represent kids that go to jail for jumping a turnstile because they can’t afford a MetroCard.” She’s demanding answers for why the wealthy law-breakers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis aren’t being held to account. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!” Shuga Cain tweeted, thanking AOC for “standing up for all of us!! We all, including myself, need to learn from her example and stand up for each other and hold these crooks accountable!” Just a couple months later, Shuga Cain shared a video of AOC condemning the notion of a war with Iran, being sure to applaud AOC with a “COME THRUUUU @AOC!!!!”

All we know is that AOC is glowing up the American government, and Shuga Cain is more than capable of offering AOC the glow up she’s asking for.

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Yeah, we think Shuga Cain can handle a pair of false lashes, top and bottom. We’re with the stans: live stream this makeover or bust.

READ: Fans Are Living For This Miss Vanjie Cake Brought To Us By Fierce Latina Queen Shuga Cain From ‘Drag Race’ Season 11

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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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!