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Flaming Idols are altar candles featuring inspiring figures of the LGBTQ community, created and handmade by Philadelphia artist and activist Robin Markle.

Lauded as “Drag Queen of the century” by People magazine, Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, hailed from Baltimore where, as a bullied queer teen he befriended John Waters. Waters christened him Divine and encouraged him to go to extremes in his drag make-up and fashion, to be the “Godzilla of Drag”. After appearing in several of Waters’ films, Divine became an underground cult icon, eventually achieving mainstream success for his maternal role in Hairspray. Divine passed in 1988. Waters said of his friend, “His legacy was that he made all drag queens cool. [Before Divine] they were square, they wanted to be Miss America and be their mothers. He broke every rule.”


You might light this candle and look to Divine for inspiration and guidance in: leaning into what is perceived as ugly and disgusting, pushing boundaries in fashion and professionalism, successful work collaborations with friends


Each unscented soy wax candle burns for approximately 10 hrs. Glass votives are 2.5" high and 2" wide at the base.

Divine, Flaming Idols Votive Candle

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