Harnessing the Mystique of Mermaids

When I was a little girl, I used to tell Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, that she could have my human legs, and I would take her mermaid tail and live in the ocean forever. Unfortunately, she never acquiesced; she always went through the whole evil witch, black magic, saved-by-true-love ordeal. Dumb. Anyway, it seems that my dreams of being a mermaid might finally be realized. Apparently, an innovative Vancouver woman created mermaid fins to wear while swimming. And it’s a good workout, too. Just imagine how Ariel moved, and try to replicate it – but beware, it’s pretty hard. I’ve tried.

The company is called 3-Fins, and was started by Monika Naumann. The suits are made out of bathing suit material and sell for about 245 dollars – a bit pricey for a swimsuit, maybe, but how else are you going to get to live your dream as a mermaid or merman? Can you put a price on your dreams?

The only other encounter I’ve had with mermaids is in Weeki Wachi Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Florida. I was a kid – maybe 5 or 6 – and my family and I visited Weeki Wachi, where girls dress in mermaid suits and dance in a big aquarium. It was magical and mesmerizing to my young, hopeful eyes. I wanted to believe that they were real, but obviously they were not.

While 3-Fins is not the first pioneer in developing a mermaid suit, their accessibility to the general public is definitely a lucrative market to tap. What little girl who has seen The Little Mermaid does not want to experience Ariel’s world? Even some young women (and maybe guys, too) may still harbor that same youthful desire.

In a fashion sense, this style is definitely something unique, and while it may not be fashionable in the runway sense (how do you walk in that?) it still provides a different way to express your style at the poolside. Celebrities like Katy Perry and Rihanna have also tapped into the mermaid trend, making the fins even more desirable to their fan base. The fins come in a variety of colors, and if you’re crafty enough, you could probably add your own accessories to the end of the tail – I’m thinking bangles, ribbons, or flower pins.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a mermaid, here is your chance. As long as you don’t have a long way to walk, these fins would make a great poolside fashion. A few seaside shanties sung by a peg-legged, one-eyed sailor would complete the image, but maybe just start with the fins.

Written By: Mary B.

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