Naomi Smalls

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Naomi Smalls
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Naomi Smalls at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Born Davis Heppenstall
(1993-09-08) September 8, 1993 (age 25)
Redlands, California
Occupation Drag queen
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)

Naomi Smalls is the stage name of Davis Heppenstall,[1] an American drag queen, best known for competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and placing as a runner-up.

Early life

Heppenstall was born on September 8, 1993,[citation needed] in Redlands, California.[2] The name Naomi Smalls comes from supermodel Naomi Campbell and rapper The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls.[3]


Naomi Smalls at RuPaul's Dragcon 2017

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 cast members.[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 8th, 2018, it was announced that Smalls would be returning to compete in the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

Personal life

Heppenstall has eleven brothers and sisters.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8) Herself Contestant
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 4) Herself Contestant


  1. ^ "Naomi's 'Drag Race' behind-the-scenes tour". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  2. ^ "TV: Redlands drag queen a finalist on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Press Enterprise. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ Aquino, Marco. "Check Your Lipstick: 'Drag Race' Favorite Naomi Smalls Makes Her SA Debut on Wednesday". San Antonio Current. 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". 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. ^ "15 Drag Queens Who Are Hotter Than You". TheTalko. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2018-08-26.

External links

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