Vanessa Vanjie Mateo sometimes known as Miss Vanjie or simply Vanjie is the stage name of José Cancel an American drag performer known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and placing fifth on the eleventh season of the  show. She made her reality TV show debut as a contestant on the 10th season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race in 2018 and finished 14th.

Birth Name

José Cancel


Miss Vanjie, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Vanjie


Drag Queen, Actress, Singer, Dancer






Quantum Noise Records



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo was born on the 3rd of October 1991, in Tampa, Florida, United States.


She’s currently 28 years old.


Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign





She is of Puerto Rican descent.




Her educational qualifications are unknown.

Family Details

  • Father – Jeffrey Kelley
  • Mother – Alexis Mateo
  • Siblings – Jenavive and Victoria Mateo (Brother)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo has dated –

  • Brooke Lynn Hytes (2019) – Vanessa dated a drag queen and reality TV contestant, Brooke Lynn Hytes, during the 11th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. It was the 1st on show romance or showmance as coined by their fanbase in the show’s history. They dated for 4 months after the show ended.

Physical Statistics

  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 175 cm
  • In meters – 1.75 m


  • In Kilograms – 68 kg
  • In Pounds – 150 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


She often tends to wear blonde or pink-colored wigs.

Shoe Size

She wears a size 11 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Vanessa is best known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She also competed in the eleventh season of the show where she was placed in the fifth position.

Television Debut

In 2018, Vanessa landed her first role in television by appearing as Contestant series, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Brand Endorsements

Vanessa has endorsed brands such as Chips Ahoy!

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Favorites

  • Favorite Singer – Christina Aguilera
  • Favorite Christina Aguilera’s Album – Stripped (2002)
  • Favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race Contestant – Aquaria

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo Net worth

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

  • Vanessa subsequently became her drag mother and Jeffrey Kelley her drag father. Victoria Mateo and Jenavive thus became her drag sisters.
  • She was influenced and inspired by Rihanna and Cardi B.
  • Her personality on-stage is known as not politically correct and she has a habit of cussing a lot.
  • A leaked picture of her in the 11th season of the show before it aired spoiled the surprise for her fanbase.
  • She has a dog named, Riley.
  • She was initially named Banjee due to her banjee attitude. However, Alexis couldn’t pronounce the word so it turned to Vanjie.
  • In 1989, she gave her the name of Vanessa due to her resemblance to the human form of Usula, named Vanessa from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid.
  • In June 21, 2018, she released her first single, I’m Vanjie.
  • She was featured on the September 2018 issue cover of Gay Times.
  • In 2019, she appeared with Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Derrick Barry for an episode of the fourteenth season of Germany’s Next Topmode.
  • In 2019, she also appeared in an episode of the 14th season of Germany’s Next Topmodel.
  • In 2019, she appeared in 2 music videos by Iggy Azalea titled Sally Walker and Started.
  • In April 2019, she performed as a backup dancer to the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.


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