MISS THE WORLD ACCORDING TO VANJIE
She might have been the first queen eliminated from season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Vanessa Vanjie Mateo had the last laugh when she became the biest internet sensation of 2018. Now she’s one of the most recognisable names from the queer franchise, with fans from across the globe screaming ‘Miss Vaaaaanjie’ in response to just about everything.
Here, the cookies are out of the oven and the T is ready to be spilt as Miss Vanessa Vanjie Mateo reads the world to filth and shares her thoughts on everything making headlines in #twentygayteen.
What does Vanjie think of US President Donald Trump?
Donald Trump need a new toupee and he need to get the hell up out of that tanning bed. I think he’s a Cheeto. Donald Trump is a fool.
What was it like seeing RuPaul in full drag?
Meeting RuPaul was legendary. It’s like seeing a mythical creature or the Loch Ness Monster because when you see him... you gag. You’re gaed. What she looks like on TV is what she looks like in person. That bitch looks like she’s a walking filter. If she was a filter... the one which makes you look perfect. It’s like the little cartoon one – that’s what she looks like. The one Kim Kardashian always uses, that’s the one.
Tell us a secret we don’t know...
I’m pescatarian. You heard it here first. Another secret: I’m a bottom. Here’s another secret: I don’t know how to shut the hell up. Another: I’m a hot mess. Here’s another: I don’t live in Florida anymore, I moved to LA. I gave you so many. One more? There’s no such thing as a dick being too big to take it up the ass.
What’s your ideal first date?
I want somebody to be romantic. I want it thought out and planned out. I don’t want no regular ass dinner at no regular ass TGI Fridays. You guys got TGI Fridays there? I don’t want that. It took a lot of time to get to know what I want and it’s not your nasty ass restaurants.
You’re #thirsty on Instagram. What is it about topless pics you just can’t stop posting?
Well fuck! I got so fucking skinny traveling and starving myself, I might as well post it. I’m about to start posting some ass pics and all that other shit. It works for other bitches, why can’t it work for me? I’ve been really feeling myself lately. I don’t really work out but God damn, I’m feeling my oats so why not share it with the world.
How does it feel knowing you’re inspiring a new generation of
I think it’s great. 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. Growing up, I had Britney Spears... so for them to have RuPaul’s Drag Race is great as we can show them that you get to be yourself. There’s always hope when you get to grow up, you get to dress and up and do whatever you want to do. You don’t have someone telling you what to do.
Is it hard to find love as a drag queen?
I don’t think it’s hard for me, but it’s the schedule and work that makes it tough. It’s work that makes it hard, but I won’t settle unless somebody gives me The Notebook experience. Have you seen that? That’s what I want my love life to be, so if it ain’t The Notebook, then I don’t settle.
Should trans women compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
There’s been trans women on the show. There’s been girls on there that were trans, they just reveal it on the show – Peppermint, Monica Beverly Hillz. I think they are welcome, I just don’t specifically... I think they should get their own show. There’s so many of them that are excellent performers and entertainers, there’s enough girls out there to make
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their own show. It would be fierce, and I’d love to see a bunch of them in that whole Drag Race setting competing for money.
Will Cher live forever?
She is legendary and I love her looks and I love looking at her pictures. I go on Instagram and look at all the stuff she used to wear. She’s a gay icon. She’s legendary not just for the gays. She’s a staple.
Do you use dating apps?
I’ve never been into them because I feel like they’re just for hookups. Grindr and all that, I’ve never really used it as I don’t have problems hooking up. If I wanted to find somebody to hook up with, I don’t need an app to do it for me. People on those apps are fake. They say they’re 6ft tall and they’re actually 5ft2”. There’s too much catfishing and people be putting on this front.
Tell us about the type of love interest Vanjie attracts...
There’s a wide range of men that will dabble into the Vanessa pond. I don’t really have a particular type, I just like somebody who treats me right and takes me on a little boat ride with swans... like in The Notebook.
How did it feel having RuPaul find you hysterical, and him getting on the Vanjie hype?
I think it’s a blessing and I can’t believe I ever made him laugh at all. Of all the bullshit that went on, I’m just happy I made him laugh.
Are you game for All Stars 4?
If Momma Ru asked me to come and clean the toilets or be a guest judge or even to come and say my name three times, I would do whatever she says. Whatever Momma asks, she shall do.
Tell us Vanjie’s funniest sex story...
Well, let me think how I should answer this. I would not want somebody saying the ‘Vanjie’ bullshit in the middle of intercourse. 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 fucking thing. For me, I would automatically get turned off and get really soft, so I don’t get why saying my name during the session became a thing.
Do you want to get married?
Yes, when I’m older and retired. Maybe 40... or 45. Marriage is special and I wouldn’t just marry a regular Joe. If you’re going to marry me, you’ll do it as Jose – the boy. Maybe for the party I would get dressed up, or some extravagant ceremony, but as a boy. I want to wear a tuxedo situation. I will have Momma Ru doing the whole shebang.
Does money lead to happiness?
It does help. If you broke, you are depressed. What does Vanjie spend most of her money on? Drag. I would say it’s wigs, costumes, and clothes.
What happens if people send Vanjie nudes?
It depends on how the picture looks to what the response would be. Uhhmm.
Is global warming ‘fake news’?
Hell no! I think the poor little polar bears out there suffering because bitches keep spraying hairspray and killing the ozone layer. Stop coming out there with that crunchy wig. We need to cut back on the fucking hairspray so the polar bears have somewhere to sleep.
Do you support kids doing drag?
Why not? Hell they dress up at Halloween and that’s only once a year, so we should let them dress up any time they want to. It’s the same shit. I think they should do it, and if they want to do a little talent show or a little drag, dress up... let them do it. They’re going to do it regardless so you might as well let them start early so they get good at it.
How did saying ‘Miss Vaaaaaaaanjieeeee’ on Drag Race change your life?
I’m not sick of the Vanjie thing, I’m just ready to give them more material. It’s a blessing and I’m happy it happened. I say a lot of crazy shit. I did not know saying my name a few times was going to take off like that, but I’m glad it did. If they think that’s funny, I can’t wait for them to see what else I end up doing. Who knows...
Who is your queer hero?
Momma Ru. Hello, that bitch is what I want to do. She gets to do drag, gets paid sickening coins, has her own TV show, podcast, her wingman Michelle. I need a bitch like Michelle to be reading, an angel like Ross. I love it!
How much responsibility do gay men have in supporting their trans siblings?
Just as much as we defend our family members or whatever the case might be, it’s the same thing for me. I look at it like when I speak, that’s how I view it. They are our family.
What would get you double tapping on Insta?
Some fierce ass drag, or some sickening picture of a boy without a shirt, his ass out and maybe a dick print. Either of those. I click on a lot of shit. I’m one of those people who clicks just to click it. I get click happy... especially if I’ve been drinking.