So, why is Desmond AMAZING?

 

Desmond Napoles (stage name: Desmond is Amazing) is an 11-year old drag kid, awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken gay youth, editorial and runway model, public speaker, performer, founder of his own drag house, the Haus of Amazing, fashion designer, film and TV actor, published author, muse, legendary up-and-coming member of the original pioneering voguing house, the House of UltraOmni, and icon from New York City. Most importantly, he is an inspiration to many and a representation of hope for the future to come.

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A  listing of Desmond's current and future LGBTQ youth advocacy projects is located below, beneath his bio.

 

 
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People should be able to dance, sing, or dress in any way. You can express yourself however you want. It doesn’t matter if you like jazz or rap, ballet or ballroom, dresses or suits. You can just do you. I like Diana Ross. Maybe you do too.

- desmond

 
 

Desmond's Bio

Desmond Napoles (stage name: Desmond is Amazing) is an 11-year old drag kid, awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken gay youth, editorial and runway model, public speaker, performer, founder of his own drag house, the Haus of Amazing, fashion designer, film and TV actor, published author, muse, legendary up-and-coming member of the original pioneering voguing house, the House of UltraOmni, and icon from New York City. Most importantly, he is an inspiration to many and a representation of hope for the future to come.

Desmond first developed an interest in drag when he was a toddler. His mother would be watching RuPaul's Drag Race and he would stop playing with his toys in order to watch as well. He thought the drag queens were so amazing and beautiful, like princesses. He made his professional drag debut in RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon's video for the "Bacon Shake" when he was just 7 years old. He continues to perform on stage and at events.

Desmond is an awarded LGBTQ+ advocate whose goal is to teach LGBTQ+ youth how to be themselves always and to pay haters no mind because they "will never be as fierce as you and I". He has received a letter of recognition from the president of Fairleigh-Dickinson University, is the "child honor godfather" of the ONG Espana campaign #unfuturosinviolencia, and has earned the Marsha P. Johnson Don't Be Outraged Be Outrageous award from Heritage of Pride and a Queeroes Award from Conde Nast Them for his work in the LGBTQ community. He was listed on the 2018 Dazed100 and Out100 top influencers. He was nominated for a Qweerty Award, Shorty Award, and Social Global Impact Award. He has been featured in Pride campaigns for Google and Converse. Desmond is also the founder of the first ever drag house for drag kids, the Haus of Amazing. He is frequently featured in positive articles, videos, and campaigns in various LGBTQ media. He has accomplished so much for his community in his 11 years of life.

He has slayed the runways at New York Fashion Week, including Gyspy Sport, The Blonds x Disney Villians, and Nicopanda's MAC Cosmetics collaboration with Macy's. He's appeared in Vogue Magazine four times, breaking the age and gender boundaries of the fashion industry. Desmond has designed his own line of fans with Daftboy, t-shirts with Drag Queen Merch, and a line of lashes with Chimera Lashes. Additional collaborations include Canon cameras, Manic Panic, The Phluid Project, Marc Jacobs, Converse, and Human Rights Campaign.

Desmond has a lot on the horizon. He has recorded his first inspirational music single "We Are All Amazing", which will be released in 2019. He has written a children's book called "Be Amazing" for Macmillian Children's Publishing Group to teach young children how to have self-confidence and express themselves, to be released Spring 2020. He is currently working on a TV show and magazine for LGBTQ youth. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting miniature trains, drawing maps, playing video games, and visiting parks and zoos. He also loves pigeons and would like to study ornithology in the future.

What inspires Desmond most is the feedback he receives from other "drag kids" and LGBTQ+ youth. Often times they describe how Desmond has helped them discover the importance of self-expression and gave them the courage to come out. It is this personal engagement with fans, which Desmond has coined his "Amazies", that motivates him to continue doing drag and advocacy work. Desmond's motto is "Be Yourself, Always".

Current Projects

HAUS OF AMAZING

Desmond is the founder of the first ever drag house exclusively for youth, called the Haus of Amazing. His goal is to bring young drag kids, bio queens, drag kings, and anyone else who loves drag together in a safe, positive, worldwide online community. As the community grows, there are opportunities for potential meet-ups and events. Because the drag house is restricted to members age twenty and younger, members can communicate freely and candidly with their peers without the often judgmental interference of adults.

Future Projects

AMAZE.MENT FASHIONS

Desmond has been sketching designs in his fashion template notebooks since he was around age seven. He currently designs his own outfits which his mom then creates for him. After watching the documentary, “The True Cost” and meeting designer Michael Laed, Desmond has been interested in creating outfits using donated clothing, unconventional materials, and items purchased from a local pro-LGBTQ thrift store, called “Out of the Closet”. It is his dream to have his own fashion line in the future focused on sustainable fashion.  He would call his fashion house AMAZE.MENT. This is a combination of the words “amazing” and “statement”.

THE AMAZIEST MAGAZINE

Desmond is in the process of developing a magazine targeted at LGBTQ youth called The Amaziest. All content will be created and submitted by LGBTQ youth for LGBTQ youth. He is researching various methods of producing the magazine, as well as a design and layout consistent with his message.

BE AMAZED COSMETICS

Desmond would also like to develop, in the future, a cosmetics line for drag kids. He wants the line to include oil-free products, not tested on animals, and bright, highly pigmented colors. All and any advertising will feature drag kids of all ages and types.

DESMOND IS AMAZING INSPIRATIONAL MERCH

Desmond is looking to create an inspiring line of merchandise featuring his heart shaped logo, his most inspirational and memorable phrases, and his signature motto, “Be Yourself, Always”. All proceeds will go to a selected LGBTQ non-profit program helping LGBTQ youth each month.

List of Advocacy Work

2019:

- Collaborated with Video Out to share my coming out story to inspire and help others

- Nominated for a Shorty Award for LGBTQ Influencer of the Year

- Runner up for the Queerties awards in the Up and Coming Category 2019

- Participated with Rain Dove Productions in the video short "Wall: What is it Good For?"

- Nominated for the Global Social Awards

- Runway model for PIM Comedy at a benefit fashion show to bring awareness to sex trafficking of youth

- Participated in BKQR: Brooklyn Queer Radio podcast

- Gave speech, performance, and workshop at Our True Colors Youth Conference

- Featured in Converse Pride Campaign

- Grand Marshal for Brooklyn Pride 2019

- Participated in "Baby Shark" music video for children with Marti Gould Cumming

- Received Conde Nast's “Queeroes” Awards

- Participated in "Pride" music video for Queer Kids Stuff

- Visited St. Ann's School in Brooklyn to speak to a group of middle schoolers about being yourself

- Honorary host at the Children's Museum of the Arts for Pride Fest 2019

- Received Honorary Doctorate for Transgender Advocacy from Social Justice University

- Participated in AIDS Walk NY 2019

- Attendee at GLSEN Respect Awards

- Participated in the Converse "Seek Peace" Campaign

- Participated in Marc Jacobs Pride Campaign

- Participated in The Phluid Project Pride Campaign with Aaron Williams

2018:

- NYC Pride Defiantly Different Campaign

- National LGBTQ Task Force fundraiser at Jonathan Adler

- Lush Cosmetics North America Trans Allies Campaign

- Lush Cosmetics North America Pride Campaign

- Reading to young children at Drag Queen Story Hour

- Group discussion and performance for LGBTQ youth at Camp Lightbulb

- Speaking engagement for Tuesday Talks at The Phluid Project

- Received Letter of Recognition from the President of Fairleigh Dickinson University for Pride event planning, participation, speaking engagement, and performance

- Ice Cream social with Tyler Oakley and other LGBTQ influencers to benefit LGBTQ elderly at SAGE

- Stay Proud Campaign for GLAAD

- Gave speech at the GLSEN Awards Ceremony

- Performed for 5-year old Juliette at her dream drag birthday party

- Speech to help teach girls how to feel amazing and self confident at the Teen Vogue Summit

- Performed at The Phluid Project Pride event, Phluid Phest

- Mayor of Pride Fest at the Children's Museum of the Arts

- Initiated, planned and coordinated Pride Fest at the Children's Museum of the Arts

- Performed in Broadway Sings For Pride

- Talk with Nico Tortortella at MNDFL

- Performed at NYC Pride PrideFest

- Performed at NYC Pride Youth Pride

- Participated with M·A·C Cosmetics campaign for NYC Pride Pride March

- Gave speech for the NYC Commission On Human Rights LGBTQ Youth and Family Empowerment Resource Fair at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

- Performed at ACS Foster Group Home Pride event

- Donate 20% of merchandise sales with Dragqueenmerch to benefit homeless LGBTQ youth at The Trevor Project (ongoing)

- Speaking engagement at The Lower Eastside Girls Club

- Dazed100 list of influencers for Dazed and Confused Magazine

- Out100 list of top LGBTQ influencers for Out Magazine

- Participated in FIERCE! NYC anti-bullying panel

- Gays Against Guns fashion show to protest gun violence in schools

- Participated in episode of Queer Kid Stuff to educate families and youth

- Top Rank Magazine podcast at Abrons Arts Center

- Top 20 Gay Teens for NewNowNext

- Top 14 Youth Teen Activists for Mashable

- Fluide Beauty's Chosen Family Holiday Campaign

- Youth Activist Townhall at Children's Museum of the Arts

- Rivers of Living Waters Ministry Anti-bullying Town Hall

- Performance and speech at St. Paul's Church for Transgender Day of Remembrance

- The Dots list of top 100 LGBT Trailblazers

- Performance for Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Pride show

- Fearlessly stood up to hateful protesters outside of RuPaul's DragCon LA

- TakePride15 for LGBTQ Nation

- Featured in a video for Viacom in Times Square providing inspiration for thousands of tourists visiting NYC

- Fundraising for Human Rights Campaign at Rupaul's DragCon LA

- Talk for 112BK on BRIC TV

- ThirdEyeMedia Pride Profiles

- Participated in BuzzFeed's Queer Prom with other LGBTQ influencers

- Breaking down gender and age boundaries in fashion at NYFW

- Wrote letter to Human Rights India for Pride to encourage acceptance of LGBTQ people in India

- Participated in Why We Vote Campaign for musician Jordan Brodie

- Collaborated with Mother New York for World Blood Donor Day to protest restrictions on gay blood donations

- Pride takeover on Instagram for Seventeen Magazine

- Participated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation for Brooklyn Pride

- Began writing a children's book for Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

2017:

- Hosted Kid's Fashion Show on the runway at RuPaul's DragCon NYC

- Cut the opening ceremony ribbon with RuPaul for Rupaul's DragCon NYC

- Read the names of Pulse Orlando shooting victims for Gays Against Guns Pulse Memorial Rally Marking One Year at The Stonewall Inn

- Rewarded the Marsha P. Johnson Don't Be Outraged Be Outrageous Award from Heritage of Pride for his work in the LGBTQ community

- Gave speech at NYC Pride's Pride Rally

- Named Child Honor Godfather of Ong Lgbt España anti-violence project #PorUnFuturoSinViolencia

- Founded Haus of Amazing

- Participated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation for Brooklyn Pride

- Was featured in Google's Pride #showup campaign

- Appeared in Reverend Yolanda's music video "Let Go of Grievances"

2016:

- Participated in GMHC's AIDS Walk New York

- Rode on the Stonewall Inn float with owners of Pulse Orlando and women who inspired George Segal's statue at the Gay Liberation Monument for NYC Pride's Pride March

- Participated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation for Brooklyn Pride

2015:

- Participated in GMHC's AIDS Walk New York

- Went viral for dancing in the NYC Pride's Pride March