As a wise crab named Sebastian once said, “The human world … it’s a mess.” Anyone who’s tried online dating can attest to that. But dating can be an even more confusing proposition when you’re a human who dresses up as a mermaid for a living, like Melissa Dawn of Florida. Dawn, 31, is a professional mermaid who can hold her breath underwater for 5 minutes and has mastered the art of swimming gracefully while wearing a 60-pound mermaid tale. She has a huge following online and often performs at Sea World. Up until recently, Dawn was resigned to being a single fish. “I was never looking for love, because I’m so business-oriented,” she says. But she had no idea her soulmate was swimming her way… Keep reading »
If you watched “Mermaids: The Body Found” on Animal Planet and were more convinced than ever that mermaids exist or existed at some point, the National Ocean Service wants to rain on your parade. The government organization, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released information on its website saying, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” For those of you who are not up on your mermaid theory, the term “aquatic humanoids” is a reference to Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which posits that humans had an water-friendly phase in our evolution. Keep reading »
Katy Perry is hopping on the mermaid train? Err, tail? Just a few weeks after Lady Gaga unveiled her alter ego Yuki, the mermaid in a wheelchair, and was accused of ripping Bette Midler’s mermaid routine from 1980, Katy Perry is breaching the water and showing off her mermaid costuming for a new video. So, will Gaga accuse Katy of stealing the idea? Not directly. But Gaga’s creative director, Laurieann Gibson, did tweet, “Proud of my artist #1 in the world @Ladygaga her vision& passion even though they try to steal a tail there’s only 1 Mermaid, Swim On!!!”
So what do we think—is there enough room for two mermaids in the pop music sea? And another pic of Katy’s costume after the jump. Keep reading »
Lady Gaga‘s newest alter ego has emerged from incubation and is already causing trouble. Gaga introduced “Yuyi,” a wheelchair-bound goth-mermaid, to her Australian fans last week at a show in Sydney. The Aussie Monsters loved Yuyi, but not everyone was as excited. Not surprisingly, disability advocates everywhere are calling Gaga out for using paralysis for shock-value. But her biggest opponent may surprise you. What on earth could have Bette Midler in such an uproar over Gaga’s mermaid get-up?
Well, in 1980, Bette did the exact same routine. Keep reading »
I have a mermaid fixation. And secretly, I have been waiting for the day when Lady Gaga tied her legs together and started rocking a mermaid tail. I thought if any pop star out there could do it spectacularly, it would be her since she really commits to her fashion choices. I mean, a Lady Gaga mermaid music video would be out of this world under the sea! So you can imagine my disappointment when I saw this clip of Gaga performing “The Edge of Glory” on the French talk show, “Le Grand Journal.” That tail is so ill fitting and chintzy and hardly convincing at all! And since when do mermaids raid Lisa Turtle‘s closet before getting on stage? A note to Gaga’s costume designer: love the concept, but the execution could be so much better, even if she’s going to rip it off and dance in the end. See: Donna Martin’s mermaid Halloween costume on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” It really set the bar high. [Idolator] Keep reading »
real and they’re being interviewed on “20/20″! Hannah Fraser and Linden Wolbert seem to have achieved my childhood dream of becoming professional mermaids. Yes, they get paid to undulate. Keep reading »