'RuPaul's Drag Race:' The Very Best of the 'Miss Vanjie' Memes
It’s rare that the contestant who goes home first on any given season of RuPaul’s Drag Race gets to make a significant impact among the fans. There are exceptions, like Shangela Laquifa Wadley, who went home first in Season 2 only to come back two more times to snag America’s hearts.
But one queen on season 10 took her 90 minutes of screen time and spun it into Internet gold. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, the first queen to be eliminated this season, made an impression on the fans with her larger-than-life attitude and her interactions in the workroom with the other queens.
But it was after the queen found herself sashaying away from the competition that a meme was born. Walking backwards down the runway and jooshing her hair, Mateo exclaimed the now-iconic phrase “Miss Vanjie” three times before finally departing the competition. Her fabulous exit sent the Internet into a tailspin, constantly referencing and joking about the moment until people who didn’t watch Drag Race started questioning what “Miss Vanjie” meant.
RuPaul even found himself unable to contain his thoughts on the rising cultural importance of the “Miss Vanjie” phenomenon, taking to his Twitter account multiple times throughout the week to spread the gospel of "Miss Vanjie."
At lunch with friends, funny how quickly the conversation turns to Miss Vanjie. pic.twitter.com/TWt89Wfzf0— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 30, 2018
My intention is to always come from a place of love, but sometimes you just have to get Vanjie with a motherf%ker. pic.twitter.com/FXCfE6pu2a— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 30, 2018
I barely speak english, but I'm fluent in Vanjie. pic.twitter.com/l7kDH6MIgE— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 30, 2018
"Life would be tragic if it weren’t so Vanjie." ~Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/BCvEoKulTs— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 30, 2018
In last week’s episode, we got a larger understanding of why RuPaul was so taken with this meme — a clip was aired on the second episode showing RuPaul giggling uncontrollably while Michelle Visage, sitting next to him, continued to repeat the star’s catchphrase.
This video of Ru cracking up over robbed winner of season 10 Miss Vanjie has made my night pic.twitter.com/K29iC2DhID— Luke -- (@goopery) March 27, 2018
Miss Vanjie herself was quite pleased with all of the attention her moment was getting, retweeting some of the best memes and saying to her fans “When I tell you all these memes and videos are slaying me!!!”
When I tell you all these memes and videos are slaying me!!! Lol MISS VANJIE BITCH— Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (@VanessaVanjie) March 29, 2018
So, in honor of the star’s iconic rise to internet fame and popularity over the last two weeks, here are Billboard Pride’s favorite “Miss Vanjie” memes.
Gay culture is exiting a room backwards and saying “Miss Vanjie.... Miss Vanjie...”— Trixie Mattel (@trixiemattel) March 28, 2018
What happens when you say “Miss Vanjie” three times in front of the mirror in a dark room. pic.twitter.com/cLqm0jPCOD— babe... (@JScottRasmussen) March 30, 2018
Me *gets arrested*— Brooke Newbould (@BrookeNewbould) March 26, 2018
Policeman: You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, what you say can be used against you in a court of law.
Me: Miss Vanjie... Miss.. Vaaanjie.... miSS......... VAAAAAANJIE
Katy Perry when she finds out about Miss Vanjie in two years pic.twitter.com/jP63oYXijz— esmé gigi geniveve squalor stan (@akiraxsatanael) March 31, 2018
someone says "miss vanjie"— bert (@brunobertt) March 29, 2018
Miss Vanjie pic.twitter.com/EL2XteH4Z6— Tristan (@fka_tristan) March 26, 2018
I have loved you— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) March 25, 2018
for the last time
Miss Vanjie pic.twitter.com/LMt9iMyllX
For the confused straight people:— Stephen Daw (@StephenRDaw) March 30, 2018
Miss Van•jie /mis/van/jē (n) — an exclamation of self-infatuation applicable for any moment.
[ex.] "I'm going to the store do you need anything?"
"Miss Vanjie ... Miss Vaaaaanjie ... miss ... vaaaaaanjie."
Straight people on Twitter the past two weeks: pic.twitter.com/tYgwHNfOwS— hunter hoe (@thehunterhoe) March 30, 2018
If Miss Vanjie doesn't pop out of a box on season 11 then go on to be robbed in All Stars 5 I am going to be furious.— miss benjie ...miss benjie... miss benjie (@benarmishaw) March 27, 2018
miss vanjie....... . miss vaaanjiee.... this is the last time i have to say it...., miss.... .. vanjie.. pic.twitter.com/pBR3eQWrzB— flor (hates her life) (@thecountxss2) March 30, 2018
Miss vanjie is taking over the world pic.twitter.com/1FMIknxNfT— Aitana Loza (@Aitana53203352) March 31, 2018
My life is Miss Vanjie memes and I’m here for every single one of them pic.twitter.com/XVi7pTAg99— jHo (@jHo1987) March 31, 2018
When you were safe from elimination but it’s been four hours and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo is still on the main stage saying “Miss Vanjie” pic.twitter.com/MgNDjVWHl0— Sam Herbst (@mrsamherbst) March 29, 2018