Heidi N Closet, the current reigning Miss Congeniality on the regular US series (Season 12).

"Miss Congeniality" is the title awarded to the queens who are regarded as the kindest, most helpful ones on their respective seasons. Prior to Season 10 the fans determined which queen won the title, but the queens now decide this amongst themselves.

Originally the winner of 'Miss Congeniality' was announced on the reunion special (Season 1-3), which would air after the grand finale. Starting in Season 4, where the grand finale and the reunion were combined, the crowning of the season's 'Miss Congeniality' would take place right before the crowning of America's/Thailand's Next Drag Superstar. This continued for all season's other than Season 9, as the Season 8 winner, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, had competed on Season 9. She handed off the title at the Reunion Special the week before the Grand Finale.

There have been 12 Miss Congenialities on the American version of RuPaul's Drag Race, and 16 overall. (Drag Race Thailand (Season 1) and Season 2, and both seasons of La Más Draga)

All-Stars Seasons do not crown a 'Miss Congeniality as' none of the competing queens are new, and many Congeniality Winners compete on All-Stars.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and The Switch Drag Race (the Chilean version of Drag Race) did not adopt the 'Miss Congeniality' award.

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Valentina being crowned by the predecessor Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Season 9's Miss Congeniality, Valentina, was dubbed to be a fan-favorite, rather than congenial by the other season 9 girls, as they felt she played up the role to the camera, but was not actually congenial with the rest of the girls during, and after the filming of the season. This 'Miss Congeniality versus Fan Favorite' controversy also brought up winners of previous seasons (mainly Pandora Boxx, BenDeLaCreme, and Katya) as even though they were congenial, the fans felt that other queens in their seasons were more congenial, but the winners were more beloved by the fans and they felt that the queens were eliminated too early.

This made fans want a fan-favorite and congeniality divide, where fan-favorite was voted for by the fans and Miss Congeniality was chosen by the queens on the season.

Season 10's voting also sparked controversy, as the voting had been hacked by robots, which resulted in The Vixen, arguably the least-congenial queen of the season, taking the lead. The hacking was later resolved by the show, which, after the hacking, insisted the Season 10 queens voted themselves. This also showed that the producers listened to the fans after last season's controversy and allowed the queens to choose their own 'Miss Congeniality'. The queens continued to choose Miss Congeniality after Season 10.


Queen Photo Original Season Place Returning Season Place
Nina Flowers Tumblr mb8kgzfKkA1r1emlm Season 1 2nd All Stars 1 9th/10th
Pandora Boxx Tumblr mb8lepzf5Q1r1emlm Season 2 5th 11th/12th
Yara Sofia Yara-mug Season 3 4th 5th/6th
Latrice Royale Latrice Season 4 4th 7th/8th
All Stars 4 5th (Orig. 7th)
Ivy Winters Ivy Season 5 7th N/A
BenDeLaCreme DeLa Season 6 5th All Stars 3 6th (Self-Elim)
Katya Katya Season 7 5th All Stars 2 2nd/3rd
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Cynthia Lee Fontaine mug Season 8 10th Season 9 10th
Valentina ValentinaMug Season 9 7th All Stars 4 7th
Monét X Change Monet S10 Season 10 6th All Stars 4 Winner
Nina West NinaWestMug Season 11 6th N/A
Heidi N Closet HeidiMug Season 12 6th N/A


  • Nina Flowers is the first ever "Miss Congeniality".
    • Nina is also the first Hispanic "Miss Congeniality".
    • She is the first of two "Miss Congeniality" winners named Nina, the other being Nina West.
    • She is also the only "Miss Congeniality" who reached the Top 2 on her original season.
      • She is therefore the highest placing "Miss Congeniality" on a regular season.
  • Katya is the first returning "Miss Congeniality" to reach Top 3 in an All Stars season.
    • She is also the first "Miss Congeniality" to achieve a higher placement on her returning season.
  • B Ella is the first Thai "Miss Congeniality".
    • B Ella is the first Asian "Miss Congeniality" overall.
  • Pandora Boxx is the first Caucasian "Miss Congeniality".
  • Yara Sofia is the only "Miss Congeniality" to have the same amount of wins in both a regular and an All-Stars Season. (1 in both)
  • Latrice Royale is the first "Miss Congeniality" of African-American descent.
    • Latrice is also the first "big girl" to win the title.
  • Ivy Winters, Nina West, and Heidi N Closet are the only "Miss Congeniality" winners not to feature on an All-Stars Season, or another regular season yet.
  • BenDeLaCreme is the only "Miss Congeniality" (and overall contestant) to never land in the bottom two during an All-Stars Season.
  • BenDeLaCreme is the only "Miss Congeniality" whom had to lip-sync against the same person twice during a regular season.
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine is widely believed to be the most congenial "Miss Congeniality".
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine is the only "Miss Congeniality" to feature on two regular seasons.
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine is the lowest placing "Miss Congeniality", landing in 10th place during Season 8.
    • Cynthia also placed 10th in Season 9.
  • Valentina admitted on the popular web series 'Hey Qween', that she won the "Miss Congeniality" vote because her fans want her to 'win something' at that time even claiming that Cynthia Lee Fontaine or Peppermint should have won the title instead.

Monét X Change's reaction to being crowned "Miss Congeniality" during the Season 10 live finale.

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