Ten-year-old Desmond Napoles of New York City made his runway debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2017, reports E! News.

After walking the Gypsy Sport show, Napoles was praised on social media — he now has over 30,000 followers on Instagram.

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The school-aged boy, known by the stage name Desmond is Amazing, introduced himself on the social media site as an “Unapologetic Gay Youth.”

He wrote:

I’m Desmond from NYC. I’m a drag kid, dragutante, dragketeer, and draganista doing what I like to call kinderdrag. I’m a total drag slayer. I am also the youngest member of the original iconic pioneering ballroom house, the House of UltraOmni. I have the best fans, my AMAZIES! I am sincerely grateful for your love ♥ and support.

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He continued:

I call my looks ‘androgynously’ and my style ‘avant drag’. I’m inspired by RuPaul, the fashions of the Club Kids and Blitz Kids, the artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, designers John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Commes Des Garçons, Nelson Sullivan videos, altdrag, and do-it-yourself drag. I design or style my own outfits.

Desmond Napoles — whom the Mirror has referred to as the “Drag King,” and “10-year-old gay icon,” — said on his website bio that he “came out of the closet when he was born.”

The Mirror reports that Napoles’ mother, Wendylou, asserted her 10-year-old son is not sexually active. But as an active member of the LGBTQ community, he has launched the first online drag club for kids. Some parents have voiced their concerns.

On Napoles’ Instagram, commenters wrote:

I don’t have a problem with people drawing on their faces. But this is telling boys they are girls and vice versa. Do you really think this group would make such a big deal about “love” if it was just painting on their faces?.. This is dangerous for kids, since it tells young children to embrace sexuality when kids shouldn’t have to worry about that in the first place?.. Thus, opening a door for pedophilia….

Lord sweet jesus….this is what the kids in America look up to today??? God I miss the 90s. I’m sorry but this kind of stuff is ridiculous. This is why the country is going down the s***thole. Like this is seriously gross. I know this is just a kid so I won’t say what I really want to say

Looks like a new group for pedophiles to find their next victims. Are you going to encourage the kids to give their personal info too, so they’re easier to find?

Many of Napoles’ supporters fired back at the negative comments. They believed the boy’s “nonsexual” “artistic” expression is what LGBTQ children need to feel accepted, and that the drag club for kids would not attract sexual predators.

Commenters explained:

This looks like a club I wish my son can attend we need more clubs like these in every state that way kids can be free to do what they want or be who they want to be @hausofamazing

If I’d had something like this back in the 90’s my life would have been so much easier heck.

As far as I can see he’s just dressing fem and posing for the camera, being drag is about the performance. You’re the one sexualizing him,

I don’t know how a club found by a child for children has to do with pedophilia but please enlighten me

Napoles’ online drag club for youth is presently unavailable for comment. However, in his bio he stated that “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.”

Members of the club are age 20 and younger.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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