Naomi Smalls

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Naomi Smalls
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Naomi Smalls at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Born
Davis Heppenstall

OccupationDrag queen
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Websitehttps://naomismalls.com/

Naomi Smalls is the stage name of American drag queen Davis Heppenstall.[1] She is known for appearing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she was runner-up, and on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 4 where she reached the final and finished as a runner-up.[2]

Early life[edit]

Heppenstall was born in Redlands, California.[3]

Career[edit]

Naomi Smalls in 2017

The name Naomi Smalls comes from supermodel Naomi Campbell and rapper Biggie Smalls. Smalls was announced as one of twelve contestants for the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 1, 2016.[4] She was in the bottom two in the fifth episode where she played Tiffany Pollard for the annual "Snatch Game" competition. She lip synced to "Causing a Commotion" by Madonna against Acid Betty and won.[5] She won the sewing challenge the following episode, where she designed an outfit for one of the Little Women: LA casmembers.[6] She reached the final three in the season, but lost to Bob the Drag Queen, and tied with Kim Chi for runner-up.[7][8][9]

Outside of Drag Race, Smalls was a co-host with Kim Chi for the WoWPresents internet series M.U.G. where they critique queens makeup looks.[10] She makes recurring appearances on the internet series "Fashion Photo Ruview" filling in for Raja or Raven.[11]

Smalls did an interview with Cardi B for Cosmopolitan in February 2018.[12][13]

She started her own YouTube series, Small's World, where she documents her life touring across the country.[14] The first episode premiered on February 16, 2018.[15]

On November 8, 2018, it was announced that Smalls would be returning to compete in the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.[16] She was in the bottom for the roast of Lady Bunny but won against Gia Gunn in a Lipsync in the LaLaPaRuZa to keep her place. She was in the bottom the following episode, but was saved by Latrice Royale. She won the makeover challenge, becoming the first ever queen to win two makeover challenges and eliminated front-runner Manila Luzon from the competition. Smalls reached the final, and finished as a runner-up.[2]

Music[edit]

Smalls released a music video for her first single, "Pose", on December 16, 2018.[17]

She also appeared in Manila Luzon’s music video for "Go Fish".[18]

Personal life[edit]

Heppenstall has eleven brothers and sisters.[19] He was adopted and raised by white parents.[20]

Controversy[edit]

In May 2017, Smalls received backlash from fans after making a joke about the Manchester Arena bombing on Twitter. She later apologized for the tweet.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant, Runner-Up
2018–2019 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Contestant, Runner-Up

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naomi's 'Drag Race' behind-the-scenes tour". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  2. ^ a b "Op-Ed: Naomi Smalls Is the True Winner of 'All Stars 4'". www.out.com. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  3. ^ "TV: Redlands drag queen a finalist on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Press Enterprise. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  4. ^ "The Cast Of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 8 Will Be Announced At New Now Next Honors". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  5. ^ "The real Acid Betty: Everything the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' cameras didn't show". Screener. 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  6. ^ Sava, Oliver. "RuPaul's Drag Race journeys to Oz for a wonderful makeover challenge". TV Club. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  7. ^ "And the Winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8 Is …". Us Weekly. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  8. ^ Mason, Charlie (2016-05-17). "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is [Spoiler]!". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  9. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race crowns its eighth Next Drag Superstar – HOTCHKA". hotchka.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  10. ^ "M.U.G. with Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls". WOW Presents Plus. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  11. ^ WOWPresents (2017-05-03), FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Episode 6 "Kimono She Better Don't", retrieved 2018-08-26
  12. ^ "Watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Naomi Smalls Interview Cardi B About High School, Success & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  13. ^ "This interview with Drag Race's Naomi Smalls and Cardi B is a gift". A.Side. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  14. ^ "Drag heroine Naomi Smalls, like you've never seen her before - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  15. ^ Naomi Smalls (2018-02-16), Small's World Episode 1: Pilot, retrieved 2018-08-26
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Meet the 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4' cast". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  17. ^ Naomi Smalls, Pose - Naomi Smalls (Official Video), retrieved 2018-12-16
  18. ^ Daw, Stephen (February 2, 2019). "Manila Luzon Enlists Naomi Smalls For Campy 'Go Fish' Music Video: Watch". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  19. ^ "15 Drag Queens Who Are Hotter Than You". TheTalko. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  20. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Snatch Me If You Can". Vulture. 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  21. ^ Kelly, Emma (2017-05-23). "Drag Race star slammed for offensive Ariana Grande tweet amid terror attack". Dailystar.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-12.

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