Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport is known for having a renegade spirit and embracing diversity, and his recent decision to have drag kid Desmond is Amazing (along with a drag zebra) be the face of his AW18 campaign exemplifies that.
Desmond is Amazing also walked in Gypsy Sport’s AW18 show, along with activist and model Munroe Bergdorf. This time, Desmond will be the face of the campaign alongside model Jazzelle Zanaughtti. “Our casting director Anthony Conti has been helping me discover and celebrate unique beauty since our first runway show in 2013,” Uribe told Dazed. “I’m very proud of the many black, brown, queer, trans, non-binary/gender nonconforming models that Gypsy Sport has introduced to the fashion industry.”
Behind the scenes photo shoot today. . Coat by @santamonroenyc Shoes by @jeffreycampbell Lashes by @chimeralashes . . ? @aaronkickass ? @kylebrincefield ? @tylermichael_82 ? @dannyxglam . . . Hi! ? Iâm Desmond from NYC. I'm a drag kid, dragutante, draganista and a total drag slayer. . I'm the youngest member of the iconic voguing House of UltraOmni and the founder of the first ever drag house for drag kids, the @hausofamazing. . I'm an awarded LGBTQ+ advocate. My motto is "Be Yourself, Always" ?. . My looks are androgynous and my style is 'avant drag'. I'm inspired by RuPaul, the Club Kids, the Blitz Kids, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Marsha P. Johnson, Dragula, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Comme Des GarÃ§ons. . A big thank you to my fans, the Amazies. . . . #santamonroe . #altdrag #androgynous #avantdrag #babydrag #boysinmakeup #brooklyndrag #clubkid #clubkids #drag #draganista #dragart #dragartist #dragkid #dragkids #draglife #dragmodel #dragpunk #dragqueen #dragqueer #dragslayer #dragsuperstar #dragutante #nycdrag #queerartist – #desmondisamazing #beyourselfalways #amazies #hausofamazing – #houseofultraomni – booking: @pegmgmt
The campaign will also be shot by photographer Oscar Ouk in black and white, as a commentary on binarism. The zebra in the campaign is actually Nina Bo’Nina Brown of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Brown and another model both wear animal masks, and one striking image features the model crawling, tethered by a chain held by a dreadlocked figure.
Desmond is Amazing is also known by Desmond Napoles, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed “drag kid” who’s been a major LGBTQ advocate and also founded the first drag house for kids, Haus of Amazing. During the AW18 Gypsy Sport show, he wore a Renaissance-inspired ruffled collar, heeled patent boots, and long polka-dot nails. After the show, he posted, “My motto is ‘Be Yourself, Always.’”