It’s a dream come true for 22 year old Corrine Hinton after she successfully turned herself into a rea life mermaid, something she has always wanted to do since childhood.
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Corrine, spent $3,000 to achieve her dream of becoming a mermaid. The cost covers her numerous costumes and swimming lessons to look like an original mermaid like her childhood idol, Ariel of Disney princess fame. According to 22 year old Environmental Studies student, the quest to become a mermaid was ignited when she visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 2005 at the age of seven, and met her favourite mermaid actress, the red haired mermaid princess from the classic 1989 film.
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‘I met Ariel when I was younger and that just sparked everything for me. ‘As soon as we met and I saw her in real life I knew what I wanted to do.
‘It felt like I was meeting a celebrity and from then on I wanted to be just like that person. ‘To date I’ve spent about $3,000 on costumes. My most expensive tail cost $1,000 on its own.
‘I suppose it is a double life that I lead and I am proud of it.
‘There’s a place called Dutch Springs nearby where lots of us meet up to swim, take photos and live for a while as a mermaid.’
‘I just love the mystery of mermaids. Are you a fish or are you a person? ‘I like feeling mysterious and got obsessed very quickly.
‘I started taking it much more seriously when I was 18 and I bought a silicone tail that cost $800. ‘I also started making my own tops because it breaks the bank a little to keep paying for tails all the time.’
Corrine’s craft has been appreciated and patronized by parents by taking their children to see her and sometimes billed to entertain kids on their birthdays. Speaking on that, she said;
‘It all started when I was just practicing in a community pool and I got asked to perform at a party by a parent.
‘I ended up getting quite a few requests and now I just get people reaching out to me on Instagram. ‘When I go along we play water-based games and sometimes I’ll just swim in the pool whilst a party goes on. ‘It all depends what the parents want but wherever I can I try to teach kids about the environment and why it is important.’
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