Velma Von Tussle
The 1988 and the 2007 Velma


Velma Von Tussle




Amber Von Tussle (Daughter)


Corny Collins


Edna Turnblad
Tracy Turnblad
Corny Collins
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Motormouth Maybelle


Wilbur Turnblad (seduced him)


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (2007 film) Hairspray Live( 2016)

Portrayed by:

Debbie Harry (1988)
Michelle Pfeiffer (2007)
Kristin Chenoweth (Hairspray Live 2016)


Miss Baltimore Crabs

Ms. Crabmeat [(by Edna Turnblad)]


Cheater, Conniving, Cowardly, Diminish, Failure-Intolerance, Evil, Grouchy, Idiotic, Liar, Predictable, Racist, Rude, Snobbish-Talkative, & Xenophobic.

Velma Von Tussle Edit

Velma Von Tussle is the main antagonist in Hairspray, portrayed in 1988, 2002, 2007 and 2016 productions. She is the manager of the WYZT station where the Corny Collins Show is produced and makes sure that her daughter, Amber Von Tussle, is featured so she can be the most famous dancer on the Corny Collins Show. Velma is arrogant, semi-matriarchal, extremely snobbish, and vain. All of these traits increase tenfold when she remembers of the time she was crowned ''Miss Baltimore Crabs'' in 1940. Her performance as Miss Baltimore Crabs granted her the title and she won many crowns and prizes for it. This ego boost allows her to display arrogance against the other dancers or amateurs.


She is highly cruel to Tracy Turnblad, bullying her all the time because of her weight and size, not wanting her to participate of the Corny Collins Show for the same reason, and growing angry because of her amazing talent and dances in the show, making Tracy very famous and popular in Baltimore. As well as hating Tracy, Velma is highly disgusted by Tracy's overweight mother, Edna Turnblad, who builds Tracy up to reverse Velma's cruel mind games.

Velma's defining personality trait is to be racist and highly cruel with black people. She hates all of the black people appearing on the Corny Collins Show on Negro Day like Motormouth Maybelle, Seaweed Stubbs, Little Inez Stubbs, or any other black person.

***Velma's Downfall***

2002 Broadway Production: While the police are on the lookout for Tracy, Velma makes sure that the Miss Teenage Hairspray Competition goes on without her. After Amber performs and is granted her crown, Tracy breaks in to the broadcast and does her dance with everyone. After the Corny Collins Show is officially integrated, Velma becomes the vice president of Ultra Glow Beauty Products For Women of Color. Velma and Amber eventually give in to the infectious dance with the entire cast and finally celebrate everyone's differences.

2007 Movie: Velma cancels the ''Negro Day'' to help Amber to win the contest of Miss Teenage Hairspray. To make sure her plan went smoothly, she ordered the policemen to seize anyone who remotely looked like Tracy. During the last day of dances, she switches the tallies for the other girls to Amber so she can finally cement her daughter's win. Completely embarrassed by Little Inez's win, Velma reveals her switching of the tallies and is spotted by Edna and Wilbur with a camera towards in front of her. After the main sponsor of the Corny Collins Show, CEO of WYTZ TV station, Harriman Spritzer, fires her then, she turns more embarrassed, and unhappy with the result of the show.

Velma's song, "The Legend of Ms. Baltimore Crabs" sung by the original Broadway Cast

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