What did you want to be when you were growing up? Was a ‘mermaid’ ever an option?
Well for all the young girls (and boys) out there who wanted a long fish tail, you can now professionally become a merperson.
This is Melissa Mermaid (formerly, Melissa Dawn), who is a professional mermaid.
At the age of 12, this girl from Florida was able to hold her breath under water for 2.5 minutes and continued to test her skills in the water.
Now she works as a professional mermaid and performs at aquariums, corporate events, and poolside parties, always promoting environmental consciousness.
In the UK, Emily Keat, a 19-year-old girl, chose to be Britain’s first professional mermaid.
Emily built her own six foot tail out of old lycra swimming costumes and trained for four hours a day to turn herself into this gorgeous mythical sea creature.
Then there is 34-year-old Staycy McConnell, who is a full-time mermaid performer at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida.
In Australia we have Hannah Fraser, who is a professional underwater mermaid, creating her own functional yet highly exquisite mermaid tails.
As mentioned on her website,
” [She is ].. a dedicated Ocean activist, Hannah travels the world performing for charity projects to commercial ventures to bring awareness to the ocean and it’s precious animal life. [She] performs in exotic locations appearing in numerous movies and shoots swimming in the open ocean with sharks, dolphins, whales, seals, manta rays and more.”