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Naomi Smalls is the stage name of Davis Heppenstall, a drag queen, performer, model, and one of the Season 8 runners-up of RuPaul's Drag Race (alongside Kim Chi), as well as one of the All Stars 4 runners-up (alongside Monique Heart).

Naomi comes back to appear in RuPaul's Drag Race Vegas Revue, where she's followed as she prepares to lead the "RuPaul's Drag Race Live!" residency show among other queens.

Name Origin

"Naomi" comes from the model and actress Naomi Campbell's 1st name, while "Smalls" comes from the rapper Biggie Smalls' last name.[1]

RuPaul's Drag Race

Naomi Smalls
Season Competed Season 8 All Stars 4
Ranking: 2nd/3rd Place
(Runner-Up)
3rd/4th Place
(Runner-Up)
Maxi Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 6) 1 (Ep. 8)
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 3) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 3) 0
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 5) 3 (Eps. 5, 7, 9)
Episode Eliminated Episode 10 Episode 10

Memorable Quotes

Season 8

  • "Check your lipstick before you come for me." (entrance quote)
  • "Naomi is a tall glass of water, she has legs all the way up to her asshole."
  • "I do not hate Derrick. I do not like his drag." 
  • "This thing is TOO! BIG! and that's not normally a complaint." (referring to her boat inspired by Season 4 Episode 6's challenge)
  • "I'm trying to give you '90s supermodel walk... and this boat is covering half of it!"
  • "(singing) Girl, you're lisping!"
  • "Beauty is pain, and I believe America needs to toughen up."
  • "Free restalin for all!"
  • "It's about damn time a big girl won!" (unaired winner acceptance speech)

All Stars 4

  • "You can't spell 'LEGENDARY' without... 'leg'!" (entrance quote)
  • "Ru, thank you so much for bringing someone here that's going to make me look smart. What's up, Farrah Moan? *Farrah laughs* Farrah Moan is so dumb, she thought Valentina was her best friend." (during the Reading is Fundamental mini-challenge)
  • "Poke the bear. Poke the little care bear." (to Gia Gunn, referring to Farrah Moan)
  • "Hey sweets. Let me introduce you to my friend. Her name's fashion, her name's fashion."
  • "And what do we do with fashion? Pose!" 
  • "How's LL Cool J?" (as Wendy Williams in Snatch Game of Love) 
  • "You have her old nose." (to Monét X Change, comparing her to NeNe Leakes)
  • "Her name is PANINI!" (refering to her character's dog, during the "Jersey Justice" challenge)
  • "Do you know how many dresses at Wet Seal I could get with $5,000?" (during the "Jersey Justice" challenge)
  • "I've had it for 19 years, it's attached to my boyfriend Vinny's '87 Mustang!" (describing her salon during the "Jersey Justice" challenge)
  • "And when she came in smelling like a wet dog, I said 'okay, let's get to work!'" (during the "Jersey Justice" challenge)
  • "Cherry pie!"
  • "Club 96!" (whispered during the "Queen of Clubs" challenge)
  • Manila.”
  • "I sent Manila home because... I wanted to."
  • "LIFE'S NOT FAIR."
  • "Honestly, she could tell Latrice what I said about her and I'd be like: 'Yeah, that's exactly what I said'. I don't give a fuck. Honestly, I don't give a fuck."
  • ♪”Legs: that’s what you know me for. And believe there’s more walkin’ through that door. I’m fierce, yes, I know that. And I’m hung like a mother-tuckin’ baseball bat. Struttin’ all night, gettin’ it all tight. What the hell is an appetite? Fashion, love, is what I crave. Bitch, I’m here, yes, I’m brave.” ♪ (verse in Errybody Say Love)
  • ♪”Legs up in the sky, you'll see. Lips pumped like the old Kylie. Not elastic, bitch. But, damn, them thighs, they really do stretch. Pose, serve, now work. Giving body, no curves” ♪ (verse in Super Queen)

Others

  • "That's my favorite part of All-Stars, seeing all the lip injections."
  • "You. Could. Never." (on Werq the World's Instagram)
  • "Go brush your hair, bitch. Go brush your hair."
  • "Can you come up with something else? Can you come up with something else?"
  • "I mean do you believe in science?"

Trivia

  • Naomi Smalls is adopted and has 11 siblings.
  • New York Magazine named Smalls one of the top 100 most powerful drag queens in America in June, 2019[1].
  • She was cast on RuPaul's Drag Race after her 1st audition.
  • At 21, she was the youngest Season 8 contestant, and the first 21-year old to be cast since Serena ChaCha in Season 5.
  • Derrick Barry, Robbie Turner, and her are the only 3 Season 8 contestants to place in the Bottom 2, survive the lip sync, and then win the main challenge in the following episode.
  • On Season 8 Episode 5's Untucked, she told Acid Betty that she didn't know the lyrics to the lip sync song until her "Snatch Game" performance. She learned it right after because she knew she was going to be in the Bottom 2.
  • Naomi is the second contestant to place as a runner-up in two separate seasons, after Raven.
  • Naomi is the only Drag Race contestant to have won two makeover Maxi Challenges.
    • She has reached the finale twice with only have won the makeover challenge.
  • Naomi holds the record for the longest time (8 episodes) until a contestant wins their first main challenge, on an All Stars season.
  • Naomi is the only All Stars contestant to have been put in a bottom 2, 3 & 4.
  • Naomi is the first contestant to place high in three consecutive episodes of an All Stars season, without winning a challenge.
  • Naomi's relationship with her best friend Kim Chi is regarded as one of the most followed pairings in the entire Drag Race fandom.
  • Naomi's decision to eliminate Manila Luzon in episode 8 of All Stars 4 has been regarded as one of the most shocking and controversial eliminations in the show's herstory.
    • She later appeared in Manila's video for "Go Fish."
  • Kim Chi Chic Beauty (which is Kim Chi’s makeup brand) collaborated with her on a makeup palette called 2 Queen 1 Dessert.
  • Across the two seasons she has competed on, Naomi has never lost a lip-sync.

Gallery

Season 8 Looks

All Stars 4 Looks

Vegas Revue

Videos

Discography

Non-Album Singles

  • "Pose". (2019)

Appearances

  • "Everybody Say Love!" by The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, Season 4. (2018)
  • "Super Queen" by RuPaul ft. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, Season 4. (2019)

Filmography

Movies / Documentaries

  • A Queen for the People, as herself. (2016)

TV

  • RuPaul's Drag Race, on Season 8 as contestant. (2016)
  • Gay for Pay, as herself. (2016)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, on Season 4 as contestant. (2018-2019)

Web Series

  • Untucked, on Season 8 as contestant. (2016)
  • Fashion Photo RuView, as herself. (2017)
  • M.U.G., as herself. (2017-2018)
  • Small's World, as herself. (2018)
  • Sibling Rivalry, in Episode 10 as herself. (2018)
  • Call Me Couleé, as herself. (2018)
  • Runway Rewind, as herself. (2018)

Music Videos

  • "The Realness" by RuPaul. (2016)
  • "Pose". (2018)
  • "Go Fish" by Manila Luzon. (2019)

References

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