RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 Reveals Cast, and Guess Who's Back!

Last season's most iconic eliminated queen will have her revenge

By Lauren Piester Jan 24, 2019 7:22 PMTags
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Say it with us now: Miss Vanjie. Miss Vaaanjie. Miss....Vaaaaanjie. 

Season 10's best meme and least deserving eliminated queen is back for a second chance on RuPaul's Drag Race season 11. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, who was eliminated in the very first episode of last season, cemented her place in Drag Race herstory by simply repeating her own name as she left. It was announced Thursday that she's back in the competition alongside 14 other queens competing to be named America's Next Drag Superstar, and as her bio says, she's back "with a Vanjeance." 

The new cast was announced by Adam Rippon and last season's winner, Aquaria, live on Youtube. 

"Just when I think to myself — 'shedonealreadydonehadherses' — a new crop of killer queens sashay their way into my heart and leave me gagging for more," RuPaul said in a statement. "Dare I say, this might be the most sickening season of all time." 

Ranking the Top 20 RuPaul's Drag Race Queens

You can get a look at all the competing queens below, along with a new promo for the season, which is coming soon. 

Yvie Oddly

Yvie Oddly, known as Denver's "commodity of drag oddity," is a shock queen.

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

Yes, Miss Vanjie. Miss Vaanjie. Miss… Vaaanjie! She's back! She was the first queen eliminated from season 10, but her backwards exit became a meme on its own.


Soju was raised in Korea and brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or martial arts weapons.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache

Silky Nutmeg Ganache is known as the life of the party, but underneath there's a softer side to Silk—she's even on her way to becoming a doctor of philosophy and has her master's degree in organizational leadership.

Shuga Cain

Shuga Cain is a relative newcomer to drag after she quit her six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen.

Scarlet Envy

Scarlet Envy comes to the competition with "Southern beauty mixed with New York City grit." She pulls influences from everywhere, including Andy Warhol superstars. She's appeared in Harper's Bazaar and even on SNL.

Ra'jah D. O'Hara

Ra'jah D. O'Hara comes to the competition for Dallas and is a dancing queen known for her kicks and splits.

Plastique Tiara

Originally hailing from Saigon, Plastique Tiara takes a lot of drag inspiration from Vietnamese pop stars.

Nina West

Nina West is described as a "comedy queen" with a big reputation preceding her into the competition.

Mercedes Iman Diamond

Mercedes Iman Diamond moved from Kenya to the United States when she was 11, but VH1 says Mercedes wasn't "born" for another 10 years later at a gay club in Minneapolis.

Kahanna Montrese

Kahanna Montrese is described by VH1 as "Las Vegas's hip-hop showgirl." She merges street influences with upscale high fashion couture.

Honey Davenport

New Yorker Honey Davenport cites Drag Race alum Sahara Davenport as a mentor. She's appeared in Off-Broadway plays and in an electro band.

Brooke Lynn Hytes

Brooke Lynn Hytes, a Canadian native now in Nashville, traveled the world as a professional ballet dancer.

Ariel Versace

Ariel Versace, described as a "life-sized Bratz doll," is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. VH1 describes her look as "Jersey-licious Disney princess aesthetic."

A'keria C. Davenport

A'keria C. Davenport comes to the competition from Dallas, Texas. She's the reigning Miss Black Universe, a pageant queen known for big hair and big attitude.

RuPaul's Drag Race airs on VH1. 

The current All Stars season airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on VH1, and this week's episode features guest judge Rita Ora.