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Miss Vanjie's Returning For 'RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11'

By Kristy Puchko | TV | January 25, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | January 25, 2019 |


We’re only midway through RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’s fourth season, but already VH1 is spilling the tea on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11! There’s legacy queens, plus-sized queens, Instagram queens, queens of color, and the return of Miss Vanjie! (Miss Vanjie…Miss…Vanjie).

As the first to go home on season 10, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo didn’t make much of an impression while she competed. But you got to leave them wanting more, and Vanjie did just that with a haunting and instantly iconic exit.

Her refrain of her own name became a running gag in season 10. It went viral, becoming a break-out meme. And it even got a shout out from the legendary Lady Bunny during her All Stars 4 roast. So, we shouldn’t be surprised Momma Ru has brought this quirky queen back for more. Now it’s up to Vanjie to prove she’s more than just a catchphrase queen.

So who is Miss Vanjie up against?

House Davenport is representing with two of its sisters. Stomping in the footsteps of Kennedy Davenport and the late Sahara Davenport are pageant queen A’Keria Chanel Davenport and genderf*ck queen Honey Davenport, who is the drag momma of season 10/All Stars 4 competitor Monét X Change!


Another queen with family ties to Drag Race is Vegas showgirl Kahanna Montrese, drag daughter of two-time competitor Coco Montrese.

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Hailing from Minneapolis, Mercedes Iman Diamond is breaking ground as the first Muslim queen to ever grace RuPaul’s runway.

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Don’t get it twisted, Brooke Lynn Hytes isn’t a New York girl. This ballet dancer with pageant style is Drag Race’s first Canuck queen. Oh Canada!

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Bringing curves and swerves is Silky Nutmeg Ganache, who says she is a “true church lady” with no patience for drama. She warns, “The Lord has taught me sometimes you got to preach to heaven and beat the hell out of people.”

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Nina West is a small town queen with a big love for camp and comedy.

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Among the social media queens is Youtube sensation, Ariel Versace who describes herself as a “Lisa Frank Nightmare.”

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Plastique Tiara is an Instagram icon, a proud Asian queen, and the adopted drag daughter of Drag Race favorite Alyssa Edwards.

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Soju’s built her rep in part by reviewing RuPaul’s Drag Race on her thriving Youtube channel. So she knows the game, and now she’s bringing her K-pop influenced drag to compete.


No relation to Phi Phi or Asia, Ra’Jah O’Hara is a pageant queen from Texas, a background that’s brought Drag Race a string of racers who slay.

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Shuga Cain is a New York queen who is seasoned, sweet, and ready to compete.

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Scarlet Envy is a New York queen who has worked with Drag Race champion Sasha Velour. She describes herself as “the cheapest lady with the highest price tag.”

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Stunning out of Denver, Yvie Oddly calls herself a “conceptual queen,” who brings high art and club kid aesthetic to the stage. “What’s going to drop somebody’s jaw open is what’s going to be on my body.”

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Get a glimpse of all of these fierce queens in action in this teaser for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11.

Source: EW, World of Wonder

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

Header Image Source: VH1