Symone and Kandy Muse Celebrate RuPaul’s Drag Race Emmy Nods at Mural by WeHo Artist Antonio Rael

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Photo by Emilia Garcia, courtesy of WeHo Artist Antonio Rael

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 winner Symone, joined the show’s runner-up Kandy Muse on the corner of Melrose Avenue and La Jolla Avenue to reveal a giant mural by West Hollywood resident artist Antonio Rael. The mural, featuring all the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, celebrates 11 Emmy Award nominations this year for the drag competition reality show.

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Photo Courtesy of Antonio Rael

The mural is also using the power of social media for a good cause. Those who upload their photo, story or reel to Instagram using the hashtag #DragRaceFYCMural and tag @RupaulsDragRace and @lalgbtcenter, VH1 will make a donation to the LA LGBT Center for each post.

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“This was a passion project for me,” Rael told WEHO TIMES. “To have visibility within our community is so important to me. It was a labor of love. And I feel blessed to have been a part of a small part of history within the LGBTQIA Community. I’m hoping the mural encourages people to create and express themselves in their own unique way. I’m hoping that it brings joy to people, especially in these trying times. And I’m glad it will benefit our LGBTQIA homeless youth.”

Photo by Emilia Garcia, courtesy of Antonio Rael
Photo by Emilia Garcia, courtesy of WeHo Artist Antonio Rael

Rael says the mural will only be up till August 31. “Hopefully people will go and photograph in front of it and post to Instagram with the tags and hashtag that are painted on the mural.”

The mural is approximately 20′ x 30′ and took three weeks to complete. “I painted it freehand. It represents not only the queens from Season 13, but also freedom of expression. I loved people’s positive comments when they came by as I was painting. Several people said to me that the mural brought joy to them every single day. And that was a huge accomplishment for me.”

Symone and Kandy Muse met with the artist for photos and interviews yesterday at 11 a.m. sharp. There was even a cake with an image of the photo that inspired the mural.

Photo Courtesy of Antonio Rael
Photo Courtesy of WeHo Artist Antonio Rael
Photo courtesy of WeHo Artist Antonio Rael

Symone and Kandy Muse met with the artist for photos and interviews yesterday at 11 a.m. sharp. There was even a cake with an image of the photo that inspired the mural.

The queens then stopped by the pantry of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita Rosenstein Campus to bring awareness to the services provided at the center.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 has 11 nominations this year. Some of the nominations include:

  • Outstanding Competition Program
  • Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Competition Series
  • Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program
  • Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Reality Or Competition Program
  • Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program
  • Outstanding Contemporary Makeup For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic)

The exact location of the mural WeHo Artist Antonio Rael is 8100 Melrose Avenue. Don’t forget to hashtag accordingly for a good cause.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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