I don't get this. At stores all around the country you see Jesus candles and, for the most part, they have the same picture on the front. Something like this:
So, why is Jesus imagined as an androgynous figure with facial makeup and pouty, lipsticked lips and luscious wavy locks? I think he's wearing a night gown as well. Plucked eyebrows too, now that I look closely. If you see the real candle or a full sized photo it is fairly obvious Jesus has mascara on as well. I'm not sure about the beard, it reminds me of Salma Hayek as the bearded lady (Not sure why).
Is this aimed at a particular market segment? Older housewives? Gay men? Lusty teenagers of either sex? A particular group of people, maybe Latinos? I see them all over the place around here. The candles, not the Latinos. Although I see them too. Hmm...correlation? But in the Pacific Northwest, most Catholics are Latinos so it might be a larger Catholic trend towards strange man-girl Jesus images....
Everything makes more sense now that I've stopped believing.