This 10-Year-Old 'Drag Kid' Will Make You Wonder Why You Ever Doubted Your Own Inner Beauty

"You should always be yourself and always be proud of who you are, no matter what anyone says to you."

Few tweens know who they are as they navigate those confusing years, trying to figure out where they belong. But, after watching Mashable's interview with Desmond Is Amazing, a 10-year-old self-described "drag kid," even those far removed from their elementary school selves will be genuinely jealous they have not yet mastered his level of self-assurance and confidence.


Desmond Napoles, who goes by Desmond Is Amazing, describes himself as "a performer, drag kid, awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken gay youth, editorial model, public speaker, founder of his own drag house, fashion designer, muse, and icon. Most importantly, he is an inspiration to many and a representation of hope for the future to come," as his website states. Yet, while Desmond Is Amazing has become an undeniable icon throughout the drag and LGBTQ communities, his zest for life serves as an example for anyone and everyone struggling to love themselves for who they are.

As Desmond Is Amazing explains in the video (above), he derives much of his confidence from helping others learn to express and embrace themselves without hesitation. Although there are countless critics online who Desmond Is Amazing would qualify as "haters," his parents have empowered him to be the person he wants to be without allowing society's preconceived notions dictate how he looks and acts.

"At age 6, Desmond expressed boundless joy when he received an Elsa costume from Disney's movie Frozen for Halloween," his website explains. "After that, he often asked for princess costumes or dresses while out shopping. Soon, he often wanted to wear his dresses outside of the home. Initially uncertain if they were making the right decision for allowing him to do so, Desmond's parents quickly and fortunately realized that the source of their uneasiness came not from Desmond's personal choices, but from their own misgivings about how the outside world would react. It was as simple as defeating those feelings, accepting Desmond as he is, and respecting Desmond's own tastes and preferences."

Yet, while Desmond has an amazing outlook on life, not everyone has the same grasp on their identity. Here are some simple life lessons we can all learn from Desmond's perspective on self-acceptance and self-love:

Be proud of who you have become.

As Desmond Is Amazing says, "You should always be yourself and always be proud of who you are no matter what anyone says to you." Don't let the haters bring you down! And pay no mind to the ones that try. Know that you are enough and that loving yourself remains the most powerful force for change. You are amazing and no one can steal that from you unless you give their words the power to do just that.

Never give up.

Desmond Is Amazing explains that, when he was younger, he couldn't quite get the hang of applying makeup. However, he didn't give up. Instead, he tried again. He picked up another eyeliner pencil and practiced his art until he mastered the technique. Thus, whenever you're starting to question your own talents, don't count yourself out at the first sign of struggle! Keep trying. After all, practice makes perfect. You can do anything if you believe in yourself enough.

Show your supporters you love them.

While Desmond Is Amazing clearly has the inner strength to accomplish anything he envisions, he notes that he'd be nowhere without his mother's support. She empowers him every day by simply allowing him to be himself, and he's not afraid to let her know how much she means to him. Show your supporters how much their help has meant to you over the years. Everyone wants to feel appreciated, and sharing your love will make them as happy as they've made you.


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