10 Beautiful Photos of A Professional Mermaid


Hannah Fraser is, per her website HannahMermaid.com, "a professional Mermaid, ocean environmentalist, performance artist and model." You will note that she has capitalized the M in mermaid on purpose, and that seems fair enough. Because, as she tells Mashable in a great new interview, "This is a lifestyle, not a job." A fan of merfolk since her childhood, Fraser says she made her first tail when she was a 9-year-old; she now owns more than five, which she crafts "from scratch" out of polyethylene board and covers in shiny, scaly paillettes. (The results are lovely.)

Tail-making is only the beginning, she adds. "I have practiced yoga and deep breathing my whole life which is invaluable in breath holding [underwater], and I also dance a lot to create a flexible spine and keep up my cardio fitness," Fraser explained to Mashable. She now travels the world, fins and all, for photo shoots, films, and just because she likes swimming — "being in the ocean is where I feel the most free and expressive," she says. "The ocean is the birthplace of life on Earth, and if I can be a visual link to inspire other humans who have become disconnected from this amazing world, I feel I have done something worthwhile." In the same vein, Fraser is a passionate ocean activist, working to promote conservation, eco tourism, sustainable fishing, and a greater respect for marine life.
She documents her "lifestyle" extensively across social media — find her on FacebookInstagram, and Tumblr, for example. Below, 10 photos of her looking serving fishy realness, because there's no better way to describe her look:
1. With a shoal of fish, who are also all modeling head to fin.
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2. With a whale.
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3. And with some whale sharks.
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4. With some guy who isn't a mermaid.
5. With some extra fins.
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6. On some rocks, which is probably not very comfy, but oh well, the photo is beautiful.
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7. On a boat.
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8. With some dolphins. Kim Kardashian, eat your heart out!
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Note: the same applies to everyone else who's only swum with dophins in a regular pool. Hannah Fraser does it better.
9. Spreading an inspirational message.
10. And on a beach.
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I know it looks like she's gotten herself beached (i.e. stuck on land) in this last shot, but it's OK. She made it safely back into the ocean — and then back out again, once her fins were off.

Source : Cosmopolitan.com

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