In case you need a new obsession here it comes. A 10-year-old self-proclaimed “drag kid” named Desmond Napoles totally stole the show at New York Fashion Week and is now becoming the new fashion superstar. And even more important, Napoles is more than just a pretty face, but also an LGBTQ rights activist with a powerful voice. Even at such a young age, he is already making quite the name for himself.
Napoles made his Fashion Week debut on the catwalk during Gypsy Sport’s Fall 2018 show, and shared photos of his Fashion Week experience on Instagram to his over 90,000 followers. Here is how he describes himself: “I’m a drag kid, dragutante, dragketeer, and draganista doing what I like to call kinderdrag. I’m a total drag slayer.”
Regarding his style, Napoles says he’s inspired from both fashion and art, and has a wide range of interests: “I call my looks androgynous and my style ‘avant drag’. I’m inspired by RuPaul, the artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, designers John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Commes Des Garçons, altdrag, and do-it-yourself drag. I design or style my own outfits.”
Born in New York City in 2007 during Pride Week, Napoles says he came out of the closet as soon as he was born. He seems to have got a passion for fashion from early age, wearing dresses at 6 when he went as Elsa from Frozen for Halloween. His list of accomplishments include performing in a RuPaul’s Drag Race music video and founding his drag house, Haus of Amazing.
In case you’re thinking his parents have pressured him into this lifestyle, you’ll be surprised. Napoles says they support his dream totally but “My parents are not forcing me at all. This is what I wanted to do, and this is what I always want to do for the rest of my life. I just love their support, it’s fabulous.”
What’s next for the new fashion wunderkind? Napoles says he hopes to go onto Paris Fashion Week and probably some day end on the cover of the Vogue. For now though the best way you can track his progress in the fashion world through Instagram. And his Instagram is everything but boring.