11-year-old drag kid wants you to be amazing

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Published on March 13, 2019 - Duration: 02:07s

11-year-old drag kid wants you to be amazing

Drag star Desmond Is Amazing is earning respect in the LGBTQ community.

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11-year-old drag kid wants you to be amazing

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Desmond is Amazing and he wants you to be too.

Eleven-year-old Desmond 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.

"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.

"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.

Napoles said he was born gay and describes himself as a regular kid, but once he dresses up he becomes "amazing." 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.

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 amazingโ€ฆ strike a pose, 1,2,3." Napoles is also writing a children's book "to teach young children how to have self-confidence and express themselves." "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."

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