Self-proclaimed ‘drag kid’ from Brooklyn, 10-year-old Desmond Napoles would wrap his mum’s towels around his body, don her heels and strut arund the house ever since he was a child.
Napoles says he realised he was gay at a young age when he started developing crushes on boys.
Speaking to Out, his mother Wendylou says that at first she thought her son was transgender due to hi saffinity for feminine clothing.
Photo for Refinery29 "If This Young Drag Queen Is The Future, We're Feeling Great About 2018" . Credits: Directed/Photographed by @heyparkerday Modeled by @desmondisamazing Cinematography by @josephhuba Makeup by @saraglickmakeup Set Design by @onepiecemaurice Executive Photography Director @tobykauf Associate Photo Editor @papi.prada Outfits designed by @desmondisamazing . . . Hi! 👋 I’m 🌟 Desmond 🌟 from NYC. 🗽 . I'm a Drag Kid, Dragutante, Dragketeer, and Draganista doing what I like to call Kinderdrag 🍭. I'm a total Drag Slayer 🐉. . I have the MOST amaziest 😘 fans...my AMAZIES! I am sincerely grateful for your love ♥ and support. Without you, none of this would be possible. You take me to the moon 🌜 and back. . I call my style "androgynously" and my looks 🎨 "avant drag" and "outré drag". I'm inspired by Alig 👑, Richie Rich 💄 and all of the Club Kids, RuPaul 👸, Nelson Sullivan, Marsha P. Johnson, the Blitz Kids, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Commes Des Garçons, AltDrag, and do-it-yourself drag ✂. I design my own outfits. . I'm also an 🦄 LGBTQ advocate and gay youth. My motto is "Be Yourself, Always" 🌈. . . . 👉 #altdrag #androgynously #avantdrag #brooklyndrag #clubkid #clubkids #desmondnapoles #draganista #dragart #dragartist #dragbeauty #dragisforeveryone #dragketeer #dragkid #dragkids #dragmakeup #dragqueer #dragslayer #dragsuperstar #dragutante #diydrag #futureofdrag #kidsindrag #kinderdrag #mygenderisamazing #outrédrag #preteenqueen . . #desmondisamazing #beyourselfalways #amazies
Napoles, known on social media as Desmond is Amazing, was first spotted by the masses wearing an extravagant rainbow-coloured outfit while dancing flamboyantly at the New York Pride Parade in 2015 in a video that circulated the web. He has, since then, become an icon for the LGBTQ community with more than 15,000 Instagram followers, following which a lot of people reached out to him to tell him how inspirational he is to people around the world.
With that in mind, Napoles decided to created the very first drag club just for kids so that they could have a safe place to express themselves as fully as possible.
Speaking to Out, the youngster said that people should be able to be free and let themselves express how they want, whenever they want.
“Haus of Amazing” was officially announced on Instagram in October, with Napoles explaining in the caption that they’re on a mission to create a “positive, encouraging, and safe online community for all drag kids to connect with one another.”...