Naomi Smalls Is Bringing ‘The Smalls World Show’ to Screens During Quarantine
“Legs for days” are coming to a screen near you! Drag superstar and two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Naomi Smalls is launching a new drag show and she recently spilled a whole lot of details about it.
Naomi Smalls is a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ icon
Smalls, whose real name is Davis Heppenstall, is one of the most legendary (or LEGendary) contestants in RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory. She was first a queen on the eighth season of the show. She won one main challenge and placed high in three other episodes. Smalls was first known for being a fashion and “look” queen, but soon showed that she was the whole package and had a lot more to offer. She ended up making it all the way to the season 8 finale, where she placed as one of the runner-ups for the season.
Smalls became a fan-favorite and would go on to return to the franchise relatively quickly. She was one of the ten queens chosen for the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. She also performed well on this season. Just like she did on season 8, she won one challenge and placed high in three challenges. She was also the unofficial lip-sync assassin of the season, winning multiple Lip Sync for Your Legacy match-ups. She performance during the “Adrenaline” lip-sync versus Gia Gunn is considered one of the best lip-syncs in the series. Smalls reached the finale once again, placing 3rd/4th place with Monique Heart.
Here’s what she says about the ‘The Smalls World Show’
During quarantine, Smalls is releasing a solo drag show titled, The Smalls World Show. She spoke about the forthcoming production in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. It’ll feature lip-sync performances to songs including those from Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Kelela.
“The show is meant to be visually engaging in a way that I’ve never been able to showcase on a stage, or in this case, on a screen,” she said. “This is my first time creating something outside of reality TV or for someone else’s production. This is all my own. This is my first solo show, and while I miss being on stage every night, the isolation has given me time to reflect and create something so epic yet so personal, with just my tight, close-knit family of collaborators who I love. This was a family effort.”
She is also incorporating fashion into the show as well. “Fashion is something that I have always loved and enjoy using as a tool to take an audience even further into the picture I’m painting on stage or with my content,” she further explained. “I like to think of myself as a truly visual person: Obsessed with looks, but for a reason. There’s an intention behind it,” she continues. “There are so many different places a mind can run to when they see a look, so I like to keep it stylized, focused, and chic. Working with Michael Brambilla and Beverly Luxe on the looks for The Smalls World Show has been incredible.”
The Smalls World Show premiers on Sept. 1, and per the publication, “features meditation on family, loss, healing, and relationships, all told through Smalls’ stylized drag language.”