Sunday, 21 December 2008

'Melusine Rising...'


'She's living the dream of many a little girl.

When Hannah Fraser goes to work, she gets to be a mermaid.

The 33-year-old, who swam at the launch of the Mermaid Lagoon at the Sydney Aquarium in Australia yesterday, has made a career out of her childhood ambition.

She was drawing mermaids before the age of three, and at nine made her first tail out of orange plastic.

She created her second tail in 2002, using two coat hangers, flippers and duct tape inside wetsuit material.

Now onto her fourth tail, her career takes her to many exotic places.




The Australian has been filmed and photographed under water many times, and has swum with whales, dolphins and baby sea lions.

'Although fashion modelling for over 10 years, my greatest passion is to embody the mythical creatures of my dreams in photos and film,' Hannah said on her website.

'I feel the most free and expressive while underwater. I think there has been a dream time when mermaids were part of our reality.

'But with the technological age, we've lost touch with that.

'I'd like to help awaken people to their personal experience of creative play, where the lines of fantasy and reality blend.

'Being a mermaid is my lifelong expression of joy.'

The professional mermaid, who is married to surfer Dave Rastovich, can hold her breath for up to two minutes, and even qualified as a scuba diver while she was wearing her trademark tail.

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