WHAT IS MISS MERMAID?
Miss Mermaid International and National competitions are a unique series of beauty pageants bringing mermaiding, modeling and ocean activism together on a worldwide scale. Mermaid Queens from around the world compete in skills such as underwater modeling, freediving, costume design and traditional pageantry, while supporting causes to help Save The Oceans.
Miss Mermaid USA is the exclusive official platform for sending our winning queens to represent the USA at Miss Mermaid International, which is hosted annually on the Red Sea of Egypt. This year's winners of Miss Mermaid USA 2019 are Adrienne Wilson and Lenisa Ann Careaga. Our queens just returned from Miss Mermaid International where they competed alongside mermaids representing over two dozen countries from around the world!
How to be a mermaid queen
What does it take to be Miss Mermaid USA?
Underwater Posing Competition
At Miss Mermaid International, snorkeling and scuba diving judges watch as each mermaid delivers their best show in a one-breath freedive performance with the beautiful Red Sea coral reefs as a backdrop. Beyond underwater modeling, this performance in open water embodies the true magic of mermaiding. The most graceful mermaid wins the "Most Photogenic Underwater" sash (a title held by our own Miss Mermaid USA 2016, Lauren Chu, photo above.)
Photo of Miss Mermaid USA 2018 Chelsi Wilkerson (left)
by Christian Zink
Mermaids love getting crafty! At Miss Mermaid International each queen poses for a photoshoot featuring her self-made mermaid top and accessories. She can even decorate her fabric Magictail Pro mermaid tail (a gift from official sponsor Magictails) and she does her own mermaid hair and makeup for this (on land) shoot. The mermaid with the most unique ensemble will receive a sash for "Most Creative."
Photo by Georg Erdmann
Long Distance Swim Competition
At Miss Mermaid International one of the most difficult and objective competitions is the Long Distance Swim, where mermaids swim their maximum distance in one breath in their mermaid tail. This horizontal "dive" allows each mermaid to push her abilities while avoiding the risks involved in vertical freediving. In a 30 meter pool some mermaids can even swim 2 laps! The mermaid that swims the farthest will win the "Best in Water" sash.
Video by Hubert Peus (Agentur PowerLine)
Evening Gown, Swimwear, National Costume
Miss Mermaid International also includes the traditional pageant categories. Some of the sashes that may be awarded include "Best National Costume," "Best Catwalk," and "Best Behavior." There will also be a sash awarded for each continent!
Photo of the Miss Mermaid International 2016 Winners
by Alexander Feyh
AND SO MUCH MORE...
BEING A MERMAID QUEEN IS MORE THAN GLITTER AND GLAM. WE SHINE BACK INTO THE WORLD BOTH ON LAND AND UNDERWATER!
HOW ARE YOU GIVING BACK?
HOW ARE YOUR PROTECTING OUR WATERS?
HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT EACHOTHER?
HOW WILL YOU REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY?
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