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"Miss Congeniality" is the title awarded to the queens whom the fans experienced as the kindest, most helpful ones on their respective seasons. The fans usually determine which queen wins the title.

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 10 Miss Congenialities on the American version of Rupaul's Drag Race, and 11 overall. (Drag Race Thailand (Season 1))

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.

The Chilean Version of Drag Race, The Switch Drag Race, did not adopt the 'Miss Congeniality' award.

Controversy

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Valentina being crowned by her 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 S2's Pandora Boxx, S6's BenDeLaCreme, and S7's Katya) as even though they were congenial, the fans felt that other queens in their seasons (Jessica Wild, Joslyn Fox, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, etc.) 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 FF was voted for by the fans and Congeniality was chosen by the other 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'.

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Placements

Queen OG Season Place RTRN Season Place
Nina Flowers Season 1 2nd All Stars 1 9th/10th
Pandora Boxx Season 2 5th 11th/12th
Yara Sofia Season 3 4th 5th/6th
Latrice Royale Season 4 4th 7th/8th
Ivy Winters Season 5 7th N/A
BenDeLaCreme Season 6 5th All Stars 3 6th
Katya Season 7 5th All Stars 2 2nd/3rd
Cynthia Lee Fontaine Season 8 10th Season 9 10th
Valentina Season 9 7th N/A
B Ella Thailand 1 4th
Monét X Change Season 10 6th

Trivia

  • Nina Flowers is the first ever "Miss Congeniality".
    • Nina is also the first Hispanic "Miss Congeniality".
    • She is also the only "Miss Congeniality" who reached Top 3 (and Top 2) on her original season.
      • She is therefore the highest placing "Miss Congeniality" on a regular 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, Valentina, and Monét X Change are the only "Miss Congenialities" 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.
  • Katya is widely believed to be the most beloved "Miss Congeniality".
  • Katya is the only "Miss Congeniality" to have had a show on the WOW YouTube-channel.
  • 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.
  • Valentina is the only Queen to be dethroned by other queens, dubbing her "Fan Favorite".
  • Valentina is the only "Miss Congeniality" to have had a WOWPresents+ show.
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    Monét X Change's reaction to being crowned "Miss Congeniality" during the Season 10 live finale.

    Monét X Change is the first "Miss Congeniality" to be voted on by fellow-competitors.
    • She is also the only "Miss Congeniality" who placed 6th on the competition.
  • Other queens that came close to the title on their respective seasons include: Ongina (Season 1), Thorgy Thor (Season 8) and Dusty Ray Bottoms (Season 10).