Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Born Jose Cancel
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Drag queen

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo is the stage name of Jose Cancel,[1] an American drag performer, most known for placing 14th on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life

Cancel is of Puerto Rican descent. He started doing drag when Drag Race season three and All Stars alumna Alexis Mateo hired him as a backup dancer.[2][3]

RuPaul's Drag Race

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo was announced as one of the fourteen contestants competing for the crown on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, which premiered on March 22, 2018.[4] She was eliminated in the first episode, after lip syncing to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" against competitor Kalorie Karbdashian Williams, while Aguilera was the guest judge.[5]

While leaving the stage and walking backwards, her parting words were "Miss Vanjie... Miss Vanjie... Miss... Vanjie", which later became an internet meme. "Miss Vanjie" was tweeted by many, including several by RuPaul, as well as Michelle Visage and Kathy Griffin. The meme was also edited into clips of various movies, TV shows and even on dating apps, including The Simpsons, Pokémon, Grindr, and The Shining.[6] The YouTube channel Watchmojo's spin-off channel, MsMojo, made a top ten list of the memes, making it the first Drag Race related MsMojo video based on one specific contestant.[7]

The "Miss Vanjie" catchphrase was said by Rylan Clark-Neal while commenting on the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 first semi-final broadcast during the presentation of Eleni Foureira from Cyprus.[8] RuPaul wore a "Vanjie" necklace during the Time 100 Gala red carpet.[9] The catchphrase was also referenced in multiple further episodes of Drag Race season ten. A Snapchat filter of Vanessa's runway look was made available the day after the season ten reunion.[10]

Mateo was featured on the September 2018 issue cover of Gay Times.[11]

She appeared with Nina Bo'nina Brown for an episode of the WOWPresents internet series "Fashion Photo RuView" on November 3, 2018, filling in for Raja and Raven.[12]


Mateo released her first single, "I'm Vanjie" on June 21, 2018.[13]


  1. ^ "RuPauls Drag Race Season 10 Spoilers & Bracket - The Bracket Yard". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Koch, Drew. "How Vanessa Vanjie Mateo's Drag Mom Came To Her Rescue After That 'RuPaul' Elimination". Bustle. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race:' Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Talks Meeting Christina Aguilera, Her Favorite Local Queen & More". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 is Premiering a Week After 'All Stars'". February 16, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Sheehan, Paul (March 28, 2018). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 10 episode 1 elimination interview: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo dishes '10s Across the Board' [WATCH]". GoldDerby. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race:' The Very Best of the 'Miss Vanjie' Memes". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ MsMojo (2018-04-20), Top 10 Best Miss Vanjie Memes, retrieved 2018-10-14
  8. ^ "Rylan Clark wins Eurovision semi-final with Miss Vanjie Drag Race gag". Metro. May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "RuPaul Donned a 'Miss Vanjie' Necklace on Time 100 Gala Red Carpet". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  10. ^ "There's Now A Miss Vanjie Snapchat Filter". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  11. ^ "Yaaas honey! See Drag Race's Miss Vanjie like you've never seen before". Gay Times. 2018-08-24. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  12. ^ WOWPresents (2018-11-03), FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: Dancing Queen with Miss Vanjie and Nina Bo'nina Brown!, retrieved 2018-11-03
  13. ^ I'm Vanjie - Single by Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, 2018-06-21, retrieved 2018-06-21

External links

  • Vanessa Vanjie Mateo on IMDb
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