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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.

Tessa Thompson is an LGBTQ actress and sometimes singer whose breakout role was SNCC organizer Diance Nash in Selma. She is best known for her roles as Bianca Taylor in the Creed film franchise and Valkyrie in the Thor movies. Tessa is outspoken about social justice issues. “I don’t think any artist necessarily has a responsibility to try being an agent of change,” she says, “But, for me, it’s always been something that feels compelling.“


You might light this candle and look to Tessa for inspiration and guidance in exploring a variety of roles, keeping your romantic life private, and being an agent of change.


The candle is hand-poured with unscented soy wax and burns for approximately 10 hours. Glass votives are 2.5in high and 2in wide at the base.

Tessa Thompson, Flaming Idols Votive Candle


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