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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.


Janelle is a singer, rapper and actress who set herself apart sartorially from the beginning of her career with her tuxedo wardrobe. Her albums have always had visual elements and afro-futurist stories spun through the music, specifically the plight of the Android, who Janelle sees as an Other in society. When Janelle came out publicly in Rolling Stone she exclaimed, "Being a queer black woman in America—someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker."

You might light this candle and look to Janelle for inspiration and guidance in: Keeping your business private, getting in touch with your cyborg self, being a free-ass motherfucker!


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

Janelle Monae, Flaming Idols Votive Candle