Mermaiding

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Mermaiding (also referred to as artistic mermaiding, mermaidry, or artistic mermaid performance) is the practice of wearing, and often swimming in, a costume mermaid tail.wikipedia
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Mermaid

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Mermaiding (also referred to as artistic mermaiding, mermaidry, or artistic mermaid performance) is the practice of wearing, and often swimming in, a costume mermaid tail.
These costumes are typically designed to be used while swimming, in an activity known as mermaiding.

Katrin Gray

Mahina Mermaid, Mermaid Linden, Mermaid Melissa, Hannah Mermaid and Katrin Gray aka Mermaid Kat are five of the most successful mermaids in the world.
Katrin Gray, (born May 9 1985) professionally known as Mermaid Kat, is a scuba diving instructor and model, best known in modern mermaiding.

Hannah Mermaid

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Mahina Mermaid, Mermaid Linden, Mermaid Melissa, Hannah Mermaid and Katrin Gray aka Mermaid Kat are five of the most successful mermaids in the world.
She is a central figure in modern mermaiding and is an ocean ecology activist.

Mermaids in popular culture

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For an exhaustive list of mermaids in media, please see Mermaids in popular culture.

Sip 'n Dip Lounge

Located inside a local motel that was considered modern and trendy at the time it was built, the Sip 'n Dip is known for having women dressed as mermaids swimming underwater in an indoor swimming pool visible through a window in the bar.

List of water sports

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Some freedivers wear mermaid tails to add novelty to the water sport.

Cosplay

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Mermaiding is often seen along with cosplay and crafting, due to the nature of the tails and other prosthetics used by practitioners.

Annette Kellermann

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Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer.

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Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer.

One-piece swimsuit

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She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example.

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She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example.

New South Wales

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In 1902, Kellerman decided to take her swimming seriously and subsequently won the ladies' 100 yards and mile championships of New South Wales in the record times of 1 minute, 22 seconds and 33 minutes, 49 seconds respectively.

Melbourne

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In that same year, her parents decided to move to Melbourne, and she was enrolled at Mentone Girls' Grammar School where her mother had accepted a music teaching position.

Mentone Girls' Grammar School

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In that same year, her parents decided to move to Melbourne, and she was enrolled at Mentone Girls' Grammar School where her mother had accepted a music teaching position.

The Breaking of the Drought

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In June–July 1903 Kellerman performed sensational high dives in the Coogee scene of Bland Holt's spectacular, The Breaking of the Drought, at the Melbourne Theatre Royal.

New York Hippodrome

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She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her 1907 performance of the first water ballet in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Weeki Wachee Springs

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Similar designs are still used by The Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaids, including her aquatic fairy costume first introduced in Queen of the Sea (1918).

Los Angeles Athletic Club

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Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team.

1940 Summer Olympics

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Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco.

Billy Rose's Aquacade

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Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco.

Eleanor Holm

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Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco.

Johnny Weissmuller

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While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller.

Mickey Rooney

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After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five-time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronised swimming and diving.

Andy Hardy

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After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five-time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronised swimming and diving.