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Desmond is Amazing, el 'drag kid' más famoso del mundo

Con tan solo 11 años, este pequeño modelo y activista LGTBI de Manhattan quiere inspirar a otros jóvenes para que sean "increíbles" como él

Laura Estirado

Drag kid Desmond, uno de los transformistas más famosos del mundo con tan solo 11 años. / REUTERS

Con tan solo 7 años, Desmond Napoles (Manhattan, Nueva York) debutó en el mundo de la farándula en el reality RuPaul's Drag Race. En Instagram, donde suma 153.000 fans, le conocen como Desmond is Amazing ("Desmond es increíble"), tiene su propia web, ha desfilado en la Semana de la Moda de Nueva York, diseña sus propios trapitos... A sus 11 añitos es un conocido activista LGBT y uno de los drag queens más famosos. 

Nació en Brooklyn, en el 2007, duante la Semana del Orgullo Gay de Nueva York. Ocho años después él mismo participó en el famoso desfile del Orgullo. 

Desde siempre le gustó jugar con ropa de mujer, hacerse sus propios vestidos y desfilar en el salón de casa subido a los tacones de su madre, Wendy Napoles, que ha recibido críticas en las redes sociales por enriquecerse gracias a la fama de su hijo. 

@desmondisamazing performing as @gwenstefani. Song is "Just a Girl" by No Doubt . . Here it is! The performance that broke the internet in December 2018! This is THE infamous BROOKLYN performance . . Why the scandal? Well, shortly after this performance, the Conservative media went on a bender, claiming that Desmond was stripping, dancing on a pole, moving in a sexual manner, seducing pedophiles, hanging out in a bar around alcohol, was half naked, and gyrating for money. He was coined the Bacha Bazi of Brooklyn . . So, let's take a look at this performance, shall we? First of all, stripping is the act of making bare. There is NO clothing removed in this performance. The only thing that was removed was a Barbie's head, which was thrown into the audience. Secondly, I don't see a stripper pole, do you? . . Next, if you look at this and see a child moving in a sexual manner, you might have issues. Seriously. Desmond is clearly enjoying his performance and is jumping around like any 11-year old on stage. Desmond obviously loves what he does and is proud of his impersonations. He is a professional, licensed child performer . . Pedophiles? I think you'd have better luck finding them in your churches, sports leagues, and summer camps . . The venue where Desmond performed did have a bar in a separate room. However, Desmond was only allowed back stage in his private dressing room and on stage. He never entered the bar area. It is not illegal for minors in NYC to be in or perform in venues that serve alcohol if they are with a guardian over 21 years old. Mom and Dad were both there to supervise . . Half-naked? Desmond is fully clothed and wearing more clothes than boys allowed to run around shirtless at the beach or even girls at a gymnastics or dance performance. Hypocrisy . . Yes, the audience is giving Desmond money. This is customary for drag performances and some performers make a living on tips alone. It has nothing to do with the way he moved his body . . Lastly, it was reported that there was a "no cell phone policy". False. Clearly, this video was recorded on a cell phone, thus the quality . . Full video on my IG TV and YouTube

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"La gente debería poder bailar, cantar o vestirse de cualquier manera. Puedes expresarte como quieras. No importa si te gusta el jazz o el rap, el ballet o el baile de salón. Vestidos o trajes", defiende Desmond, que quiere inspirar a otros niños para que también sean "increíbles". De hecho, ha creado Haus of Amazing, un club para chicos de menos de 20 años que quieran seguir sus pasos.

Este año sacará su primer single: We Are All Amazing (Todos somos increíbles) y un libro para enseñar a los niños a tener confianza en sí mismos. 

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