Desmond Napoles: How a 10-year-old New York ‘drag kid’ became an LGBT icon

Desmond Napoles is a 10-year-old boy who is taking the world by storm, one fabulous outfit at a time.

Napoles, from Brooklyn, is a “drag kid” who has become an icon within the LGBT community after first being spotted in a rainbow outfit at the New York Pride Parade in 2015.

Known on social media as Desmond is Amazing, he now has nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram and even created the first ever drag club for just for children, Haus of Amazing.

Speaking to Pink News, Napoles’ mum Wendy explains why it’s so important her son is allowed to be who he wants to be.

“I believe that it is important for any parent to support their children in their interests and allow them to express themselves,” she says. “It builds a child’s sense of self and instills confidence within them.

“I compare what I am doing to a mum whose son might be interested in football. The parents would certainly take him to events like football games. Or a girl whose is interested in ballet. Her parent’s would take her to watch the ballet or to dance related events,” Wendy adds.


Desmond Is Amazing attends a BuzzFeed event in New York City (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Wendy says she has always been an LGBT ally. “Growing up, my favourite family member was my uncle. He was an actor, a costumer, and one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. And he was gay,” she says.

“He inspired me so much and instilled in me a love of fashion. Unfortunately, he passed away from AIDS in 1994.”

Napoles speaks on stage at the GLSEN 2018 Respect Awards (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for GLSEN)

When Napoles was younger, he loved playing dress up with anything he could transform into an outfit, from bed sheets to bubble wrap. At the age of five, he started ballet lessons – and still has a passion for dancing today, although a different kind.

He is now the youngest member of the House of UltraOmni, one of the original New York City voguing houses.

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