Inez Stubbs
The 2007 Inez


Inez Stubbs




Motormouth Maybelle (mother) Seaweed J. Stubbs (brother)


Tracy Turnblad
Penny Pingleton
The Corny Collins Show Members (Some)


Amber Von Tussle
Velma Von Tussle


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (musical)
Hairspray (2007 film)
Hairspray Live! (2016)

Portrayed By:

Cyrkle Milbourne (1988)
Danelle Eugenia Wilson (Broadway)
Natalie Best (West End)
Taylor Parks (2007)
Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live!)
Kimani Arthur (West End Revival)

Inez Stubbs is the younger sister of Seaweed and daughter of Motormouth Maybelle. She is also a supporting character in both the 1988 and 2007 films, though her role in the second film was later enlarged.

Hairspray (1988)

In the 1988 film, Little Inez wasn't introduced until we see Tracy, Penny and Link arrive at the R&B record shop, where she is surprised to see her idol make a sudden appearance. Towards the end of the 1988 film, Inez is seen along with her mother, "Motormouth" Maybelle Stubbs, in pressuring the Governor of Maryland to pardon Tracy in order to get her released from reform school.

Their plan succeeds, and Tracy is freed, much to the joy of her supporters. And as Tracy gate-crashes the Miss Auto Show pageant, and dances her part, Inez takes it upon herself to snatch the crown away from Amber's grasp.

Hairspray (2007)

Her role in the 2007 remake was expanded, and Inez is first seen during the record hop, cheering Tracy on as she steals the spotlight. She makes her first speaking appearance when Seaweed introduces her to Tracy, Link and Penny. Tracy tells her that she better be the next to be chosen for the Corny Collins Show, and Inez proves her talent by singing her solo part of "Run and Tell That".

Inez is next seen with her mother, Motormouth Maybelle Stubbs, when the two were awakened during the ending of "Without Love", here she teases Seaweed about his new interracial relationship with Penny.

Her final appearance takes place throughout the events of "You Can't Stop the Beat". Here, she appears with her mother and an unknown relative during Tracy's opening solo. Link invites her to dance with him, and she finally gets a chance to show off her moves.

In the 2007 version of the film, her dance moves are a big hit with the whole of Baltimore, leading to a surge of last minute votes, and she is proclaimed the winner of the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. With her win, Corny Collins announces that the show is now and forever integrated.

Hairspray Live! (2016)

In both the original stage version and in the 2016 adaptation, Hairspray Live!, Little Inez does not win the competition.


Inez Stubbs participates in the following songs.

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