Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Thu Mar 14, 2019 | 9:01pm GMT

Drag kid of Brooklyn

LGBTQ activist Desmond Napoles, 11, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2019. Desmond is Amazing and he wants you to be too. Napoles made his drag debut at the age of 7 on the U.S. reality show, "RuPaul's Drag Race" and since then he has become an LGBTQ activist and advocate, runway model and has founded his own drag house for kids, the Haus of Amazing.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LGBTQ activist Desmond Napoles, 11, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2019. Desmond is Amazing and he wants you to be too. Napoles made his drag debut at the age of 7 on the U.S. reality show, "RuPaul's Drag Race" and since then he has...more

LGBTQ activist Desmond Napoles, 11, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2019. Desmond is Amazing and he wants you to be too. Napoles made his drag debut at the age of 7 on the U.S. reality show, "RuPaul's Drag Race" and since then he has become an LGBTQ activist and advocate, runway model and has founded his own drag house for kids, the Haus of Amazing. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Close
1 / 10
Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn, New York. "A drag kid is exactly what it sounds like, a kid who does drag. I came up with the idea because I felt like drag queen was too adult," explained Napoles.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn, New York. "A drag kid is exactly what it sounds like, a kid who does drag. I came up with the idea because I felt like drag queen was too adult," explained...more

Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn, New York. "A drag kid is exactly what it sounds like, a kid who does drag. I came up with the idea because I felt like drag queen was too adult," explained Napoles. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Close
2 / 10
Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "I wanted to have more of a - better term - for not just like drag queen. So, me and my mom, we thought of something and then we came up with drag kid," he added.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "I wanted to have more of a - better term - for not just like drag queen. So, me and my mom, we thought of something and then we came up with drag kid," he added. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "I wanted to have more of a - better term - for not just like drag queen. So, me and my mom, we thought of something and then we came up with drag kid," he added. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Close
3 / 10
Desmond Napoles rides on a swing with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn, New York. Napoles said he was born gay and describes himself as a regular kid, but once he dresses up he becomes "amazing."

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles rides on a swing with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn, New York. Napoles said he was born gay and describes himself as a regular kid, but once he dresses up he becomes "amazing." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles rides on a swing with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn, New York. Napoles said he was born gay and describes himself as a regular kid, but once he dresses up he becomes "amazing." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Close
4 / 10
Desmond Napoles walks along the water in Brooklyn. The New York native has a strong and mostly positive and supportive social media following, however the family has had to deal with unfounded reports of child abuse and negative commenters. "My mom and dad handled the negative comments. But, you know, I think they're just jealous of how fabulous I am. And my mom has three steps. Delete, block, report," said Napoles, seemingly unfazed.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles walks along the water in Brooklyn. The New York native has a strong and mostly positive and supportive social media following, however the family has had to deal with unfounded reports of child abuse and negative commenters. "My mom...more

Desmond Napoles walks along the water in Brooklyn. The New York native has a strong and mostly positive and supportive social media following, however the family has had to deal with unfounded reports of child abuse and negative commenters. "My mom and dad handled the negative comments. But, you know, I think they're just jealous of how fabulous I am. And my mom has three steps. Delete, block, report," said Napoles, seemingly unfazed. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Close
5 / 10
Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. The pint-sized drag star will release the single "We Are All Amazing" later in 2019 which includes the lyrics, "I am amazing, you are amazing, we are amazing  strike a pose, 1,2,3."

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. The pint-sized drag star will release the single "We Are All Amazing" later in 2019 which includes the lyrics, "I am amazing, you are amazing, we are amazing strike a pose, 1,2,3." REUTERS/Lucas...more

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. The pint-sized drag star will release the single "We Are All Amazing" later in 2019 which includes the lyrics, "I am amazing, you are amazing, we are amazing strike a pose, 1,2,3." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Close
6 / 10
Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn. Napoles is also writing a children's book "to teach young children how to have self-confidence and express themselves."

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn. Napoles is also writing a children's book "to teach young children how to have self-confidence and express themselves." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles is pushed by his mother Wendy on a swing in Brooklyn. Napoles is also writing a children's book "to teach young children how to have self-confidence and express themselves." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Close
7 / 10
Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "Being an inspiration is amazing because, you know, I inspire kids to be themselves and do them. And it's really important to me for kids to be who they are because I think you should always be yourself because it's - in my opinion - it's easier to deal with negative things when you're expressing yourself."

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "Being an inspiration is amazing because, you know, I inspire kids to be themselves and do them. And it's really important to me for kids to be who they are because I think you should always be...more

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. "Being an inspiration is amazing because, you know, I inspire kids to be themselves and do them. And it's really important to me for kids to be who they are because I think you should always be yourself because it's - in my opinion - it's easier to deal with negative things when you're expressing yourself." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Close
8 / 10
Desmond Napoles walks with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles walks with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Desmond Napoles walks with his mother Wendy in Brooklyn. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Close
9 / 10
Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Desmond Napoles poses for a portrait in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Close
10 / 10

Next Slideshows

Disabled animals find refuge at Freedom Farm

"Freedom Farm" serves as a refuge for mostly disabled animals in Moshav Olesh, Israel.

12 Mar 2019

Crufts Dog Show

Dogs from around the world compete in Britain's famed Crufts Dog Show.

11 Mar 2019

Flour fight

The streets of the small Greek town of Galaxidi disappear under clouds of colored flour in the annual tradition called the Flour War.

11 Mar 2019

Transgender beauty queens

Competing for the crown of the Miss International Queen 2019 beauty pageant in Thailand.

08 Mar 2019

MORE IN PICTURES

Pictures of the year: Aerials

Pictures of the year: Aerials

Our top aerial photography from 2020.

Pictures of the year: Entertainment

Pictures of the year: Entertainment

Our top entertainment photos in 2020.

Top Photos of the Day

Top Photos of the Day

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Pictures of the year 2020

Pictures of the year 2020

Our top news photography from the past year.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Fans mourn soccer great Diego Maradona

Fans mourn soccer great Diego Maradona

Fans from Buenos Aires to Naples mourn the Argentine footballer, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time.

Top Photos of the Day

Top Photos of the Day

Our top photos from the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus-fighting robots and drones

Coronavirus-fighting robots and drones

Robots safely run tests, disinfect, inform the public and take the physical place of humans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protesters demand action on violence against women

Protesters demand action on violence against women

Demonstrators mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with rallies around the world.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast