The other day, Val’, my journalist friend, and I were lucky enough to meet Claire, who has an incredible job: she is a professional mermaid. We really enjoyed this interview, in which she revealed her mermaid secrets. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about mermaids!
#1 How does someone become a mermaid?
Claire began her career a model and a dancer. She was searching for new ideas of shows on the internet when she stumbled upon professional mermaids in the U.S. She was already passionate about Greek mythology and loved the idea of becoming a mermaid. More research revealed professional mermaids working around the world — she would be one of France’s first! This is how she started making her very own mermaid tail in her little Paris apartment.
#2 Mermaid beauty is a lot of work
Claire makes all her costumes herself. She has made a total of 4 tails, 2 in silicone (heavy, but realistic looking) and 2 in latex (lighter, but fragile). She needs between 2 – 3 months to build and finalize a tail. She also designs tops, bras, and accessories.
#2 Being a mermaid is super cool!
When we asked Claire what was her favorite memory as a mermaid, she immediately said: swimming in an aquarium with sharks!
Being a mermaid can be weird.
Once, Claire shot a TV ad in which she had to pose in a fresh fish display. So glamorous!
Never without her loyal assistant!
Claire needs help to slip on her tail and to zip it in the back. She also needs assistance to reach the water, because her tail is so heavy (around 30 pounds!)
A tail — and a brain!
Claire is not really a full time mermaid. She is working on her PHD in mythology in Disney animation movies. Long term, she would love to be a professor.
Being a mermaid is hard work!
Between photo shoots, Claire takes apnea lessons, 3h a week. She also has a professional scuba-diving diploma.
Claire is one of the first French mermaids.
“Mermaiding” is already famous in the US and in Australia. Mermaids there are famous and can live out of their passion. In the States, there are even two shops selling mermaid tails! Mermaid & Artist
Claire is a true artist, and she does exhibitions in aquariums or clubs. Recently, she danced in a giant champagne glass in a famous Paris nightclub!
Being a mermaid can be perilous!
Mermaiding is not only an occupation filled with strass and shells! Underwater, Claire always keeps her eyes open. In a pool, chlorox irritates them. And because of the heavy weight of her tail, she can’t swim more than one hour!
We were super glad to meet with Claire to talk about her mythic occupation. We hope you enjoyed meeting her, too. If you want to know more about her, we encourage you to visit her website and Facebook page!
Clemmo & Val’
I am a serial craft maker with a cooking addiction and an uninhibited love for pretty things. Apart from that, I am a remarkably balanced person.