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Kandy Muse is the stage name of Kevin Candelario, a drag queen and performer based in The Bronx, New York City and the Runner-Up of Season 13 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Drag Name Origin

She confirmed on her instagram story in answer to a fan’s question that her name was taken from Beautiful Darling.

Track Record(s)

Kandy Muse
Season Competed: Season 13
Ranking: 2nd Place
(Runner-up)
Maxi Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 12)
Mini Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 11, 12)
Times in Bottom Two: 3 (Eps. 6, 8, 13)
Times as Team Captain: 0
Episode Eliminated: Episode 16

Memorable Quotes

Season 13

  • "From the hood to Hollywood!" (Entrance Quote)
  • "Everyone can be a drag queen but not everyone can be a star...I'm a star!" (Confessional)
  • "Chicken feathers?" (about Joey Jay's entrance look.)
  • "I also think she was a little bit jealous of me." (about Aja and the disbandment of the Haus of Aja)
  • "Come on Ms. Anastasia Beverly Hills! I want a sponsorship, thank you very much."
  • "Um, that's the former haus of Aja.”
  • "Not that shady ass question."
  • "♪ Kandy Muse is in town, triple threat on the prow, bitches, bow down to the queen. I'm getting my crown, come on, Ru, pass it down, New York City gave birth to me. I'm ready to attack, it's a massive attack, you hoes better beware of thee. Sitting alone in the VIP, you could never compare to me. Ha-ha-ha, bitch! ♪" (verse in "ConDragulations")
  • "I'M OPTIMISTIC! I AIN'T GOING NO MOTHERFUCKING NOWHERE! AND IF I'VE GOTTA GO SOMEWHERE YOU'LL BETTER ROLL THEM CAMERAS! I'M GONNA GO UP TO THEM AND BE LIKE MISS RUPAUL *knock knock knock* LEMME HAVE A WORD WITH YOU! I'M NOT GOING NOWHERE."
  • "Oh my god, Joey Jay is so cute! And so feminine, I love feminine boys!"
  • "If I ain't gonna win a crown, I'ma win a man!"
  • "I was gonna pull it down, but my uh little beef tender rollies were gonna come out, and I'm trying to keep it family friendly!"
  • "Joey, if you wanna quit drag we can get married, I can win the competition, and I can sustain both of us."
  • "If you don't have star quality, get the fuck outta here!" (About Tamisha Iman)
  • "If I am saying something arrogant, in the moment, call it out."
  • "Elliott, I think you need more self-awareness."
  • "I don't give a fuck about what any of the bottom girls have to say!"
  • "Suck it, bitch!"
  • "My boyfriend to be was just sent home! Joey Jay, I'm so sad!"
  • "Nonono no as in like yes."
  • "I know the difference! One has big, curly, bouncy hair. Very, you know, mahogany. And the other ones dead!"
  • ”I think it's time to make that dream a REALITYYY! (About Rosé when she said that she had a nightmare that she went home)
  • "The only person I want to come through these walls is Joey Jay!"
  • "Chileeeeeee.....Utica, you in danger girl!"
  • "Bitch, I want $1000!" (Kandy congratulating Olivia Lux on her second win.)
  • Thank you, for changing my life forever...that I can be who I wanna be into the world and not giving a fuck about what anyone has to say about me. And you made me feel so so special. I love you, Thank you so much." (to RuPaul after being told to sashay away)
  • "Don't play with my emotions ho! Thank you so much!" (to RuPaul after being saved)
  • "You could tell me the sky is blue and I'm gon' cry."
  • "Baby, I don't know who the fuck Mary Queen of Scots is. But Rosé has this funny ass Ireland accent. Ireland accent? That's not a thing! Irish accent!" (Kandy trying to understand Rosé and her Scottish accent.)
  • "Well, you have a natural comedy face!" (To Tina Burner in Untucked.)
  • "Here's the thing, though. I thought my ass was gonna be out, so I shaved my ass last night! And then my ass isn't out, and my nipples are, so... But it's fine. They a little cold, but we live!"
  • "Um, first and foremost, I wanna say that I didn't know that Tina Burner owns flames, and the colours orange, red and yellow. You will never see Tina walk down the runway looking like a hoe, like this, looking flawless, number one! And number two, me and Gottmik had the hardest challenge in this entire group, cus I'm big, she's little, and yet we still made it work! All these bitches had the same size, so there's no excuse why they should look as weak, and Olivia and Denali seem like the weakest out of everyone on this stage. Just my opinion!"
  • "Is the bus still runnin'?"
  • "Tina Burner doesn´t own flames!"
  • "Cheers to being skinny!" (In her soft drink commercial)
  • "If you have a leaf and you turn it over it's the same leaf." (Responding to Rosé using the phrase "turn a new leaf" in Untucked)
  • "Ain't no audience tonight...Michelle, don't that kind of remind you of your old concerts from back in the day?" (To Michelle on the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "You're perfect, you're beautiful, that performance in Rent: Live was ROUGH, bitch." (To Valentina in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "Your Angel, needed an angel." (To Valentina in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "You make my good judy Miss Tina Burner look like a petite woman with those BIG-ASS SHOULDERS YOU GOT BITCH!" (To Nina West in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "Drag Race is the olympics of drag and baby, you're the stadium." (To Nina West in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "I don't know what's worse, your fashion on Season 12........Ooh, no baby, ain't nothin' worse than that." (to Heidi N Closet in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "How does being an extra on Soul Plane land you in this BIG-ASS GIG on Rupaul's Drag Race?" (to Loni Love in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "Ya'll, RuPaul is so old that Jurassic Park brought back memories" (to RuPaul in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "RuPaul is so old, I told her to act her age, bitch, she died." (to RuPaul in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • "She is a fashionista with the voice of a gargoyle." (introducing Symone in the Nice Girls Roast)
  • ”Whats the problem, cat got your tongue?”
  • ”Have fun playin’ with my pussy.”
  • ”NOOOOOOOOOO! MY WICKED BEAUTYYYY!”
  • "I want a boat because...... I just want a boat. *chuckles*"
  • "At first I'm a hardheaded. I'm like well bitch, I know better thank you! But like, I'm also fucking delusional!"
  • "♪" Yo, the Muse is back, top four, bitch, on the track, she 'bout to bring it back, and you hoes better watch your backs. Queens wish thеy had my spot, they said I would go first, now I'm laughing from the top (Ha ha ha ha!). From the hood to Hollywood, with three bad bitchеs on my side, number one showstopping diva, now I'm ready for my crown, bitch!" ♪ (Verse in Lucky)
  • "There is no rulebook that says that America's next drag superstar has to be perfect. I have fallen 100 times and gotten up 101 times because I have the fire in my fucking belly. There is an entire community of Afro-Latinos, brown, loud little gay boys back in the 'hood that are looking up to this big bitch right here on this main stage like, damn. And that's what I wanna show the world—that it's okay to be big. it is okay to be loud. I feel like a fucking queen already. Crown it." (her speech as to why she should be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar)

Extras

  • "I don't want Ru to see my hairy back and be like what is that!” (In the Meet The Queens)
  • "When people first meet me they always think that I'm a bitch. And honestly? TRUE!" (In the Meet The Queens)
  • "My go-to drag is ho. Everything I do, but ho. You know, like this right now is pin-up but ho, I got my shoulders out." (In Meet The Queens)
  • "I’m at this gig right now alone and everyone has wanted a photo with me but no one has asked how my day was, so I’m just sitting here in vip all alone, feeling alone. this industry really is a lonely one huh.” (The tweet that spawned her “Alone in V.I.P” meme)
  • "What is the tea honeybee!"
  • "Egg Muse."
  • i would do drag race millions time over (on the Instagram live)

Trivia

  • Kandy has gone viral for starting the "Sitting Alone in the VIP" meme.
  • Kandy was raised as a Mormon growing up.
  • Kandy’s original drag name was Cherry Blossom, which was given to her by Lana Del Rey.
  • Kandy is Season 9 and All Stars 3 contestant Aja's drag daughter.
    • She was part of the Haus of Aja alongside one of her drag sisters, Dahlia Sin, before Aja focused on their career out of drag.
  • Kandy has a reputation for spoiling and leaking information. She even strongly hinted her casting on season thirteen on her Twitter account, most notably with her saying “I wish I could shoot a promo someday”.
  • Kandy auditioned four times before being cast on Season 13.
  • Kandy was originally cast on Season 12, but had to drop out. She was replaced by her drag sister, Dahlia Sin.
    • This makes her one of two contestants who had to drop out of Season 12, the other being Tamisha Iman. Coincidentally, they both were able to make it on to the next season.
    • Kandy would still appear in Season 12 as a backup dancer for Dahlia during the Vote cover of Cover Girl performed in the finale.
  • Kandy is the third Drag Race contestant with the first name "Kandy", after Season 7 contestant Kandy Ho and Drag Race Thailand Season 2 contestant Kandy Zyanide.
  • Kandy and Dahlia Sin were guest hosts on an episode of Fashion Photo RuView in 2018, becoming the first hosts of the series that had not yet competed on.
  • Kandy was the first contestant to enter the Werk Room on Season 13.
  • Kandy is the first Drag Race contestant to be told to sashay away, but then have RuPaul change her mind and allow them to stay in the competition.
    • If Kandy had actually gone home, she would have placed 9th just like her drag mother Aja did in Season 9.
  • Kandy tested positive for COVID-19 near the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ariana Grande tweeted her love for Kandy saying that she is "her angel", and Miley Cyrus tweeted about her obsession with Kandy.
  • Kandy has 2 mothers.
    • Her mothers used the money they had saved up for their honeymoon to keep the family from ending up homeless. Kandy is planning to use the money she won in Episode 12 to give them a honeymoon.[2]
  • Kandy is the contestant out of the entire franchise to wait the longest before winning her first Maxi Challenge, achieving this in Episode 12.
    • This record was previously held by Crystal Methyd in Season 12, who got her first Maxi Challenge win in Episode 11.
      • If episodes where they did not compete or there was not a maxi challenge are not counted, Crystal and Kandy are tied along with Miz Cracker and Yara Sofia for the longest stretch before their first Maxi Challenge win, at 10 competitive episodes.
  • Kandy is the fourth queen to win her first maxi challenge after landing in the bottom two twice, after Raven on Season 2, Coco Montrese on Season 5, and Heidi N Closet on Season 12.
  • Kandy is the third queen to have their first and only maxi challenge win be the roast, after Coco Montrese on Season 5 and Peppermint on Season 9.
  • Kandy is the highest placing member of the Doll Haus (and former Haus of Aja). Aja placed 9th on Season 9 and 7th on All Stars 3, and Dahlia Sin placed 13th on Season 12, while Kandy was the Runner-up of Season 13.
    • She is also the only member to have won a challenge on a regular season.
  • Kandy is the eighth queen to survive three lip syncs for your life, after Jujubee (Season 2), Alexis Mateo (Season 3), Coco Montrese (Season 5), Darienne Lake (Season 6), Kameron Michaels (Season 10), Ra'Jah O'Hara (Season 11), and Heidi N Closet (Season 12).
    • She is the tenth including international seasons, after the aforementioned queens, Miss Abby OMG (Drag Race Holland Season 1), and Tayce (Drag Race UK Season 2), both of whom went on to survive a fourth lip sync.
      • She is the sixth queen to lip sync three times and reach the finale, after Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Kameron Michaels, Miss Abby OMG, and Tayce.
        • She is the third to ultimately place as a runner-up on her season, after Kameron and Tayce, and the first to be the sole runner-up.
  • Kandy and Symone are the second pair of queens to have survived a Double Shantay that would go on to become the Top 2 of their season, and ultimately lip sync against each other again in the final Lip Sync for the Crown, after Brooke Lynn Hytes and Yvie Oddly in Season 11.
  • Kandy is the eighth runner-up to walk into the work room first, after Adore Delano (Season 6), Naomi Smalls (Season 8), Katya (All Stars 2), Peppermint (Season 9), Dearis Doll (Drag Race Thailand Season 1), Eureka (Season 10), and Monique Heart (All Stars 4).
  • While preparing for the finale, Kandy was facing issues in her personal life and almost withdrew herself from the finale.
  • Kandy is the second queen of Afro-Dominican American ethnicity to compete on Drag Race, after Kahanna Montrese from Season 11.

Drag Family

Season 9 and All Stars 3 contestant Aja is Kandy's drag mother. She also has two drag sisters: Dahlia Sin and Momo Shade (formerly). Since the Haus of Aja has been dissolved, Dahlia, Kandy and her drag daughter, Janelle No. 5, formed the 'DOLL HAUS'. However, they still note Aja as their drag mother. Kandy also has another drag daughter, Xunami Muse.

DOLL HAUS

 
 
 
 
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Aja
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dahlia Sin
 
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Kandy Muse
 
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Momo Shade
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Janelle No. 5
 
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Xunami Muse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Elle No. 5
 


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TV

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13, as a contestant, placed 2nd. (2021)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13: Untucked, as a contestant. (2021)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: Corona Can't Keep a Good Queen Down, as herself (2021)

Web Series

  • Hey Qween!, as a guest, Episode: Aja (2018)
  • AYO SIS, as herself, Episode: Drag Family (2019)
  • FOLLOW ME: Aja, as herself. (2019)

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