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Winner of Miss Mermaid USA

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Miss Mermaid USA - Felicia Flaherty
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Representing her home state of Maryland, Felicia is our winner of the Miss Mermaid USA Pageant held at MerMagic Con in August of 2021. She will represent our country as Miss Mermaid USA at the next Miss Mermaid International world finals, which will be held abroad in 2024. (Stay tuned for details!)

With her years of experience as a model and actress, her bubbly and authentic personality and her natural grace both in and out of the water, this mermaid queen has it all! Felicia also won the award for "Miss Photogenic" for blowing the judges away with her unparalleled underwater performance at the pageant. We are honored to have her representing the USA at Miss Mermaid International!

As our winner, all Miss Mermaid USA fundraising efforts will be donated to her cause, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. When you donate to her campaign you'll receive a Miss Mermaid USA 2022 calendar featuring all of our 52 state Queens!


1st Runner-Up

Miss Mermaid America - Nichole Wood
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As a large country spanning two oceans, the USA gets to send two queens to Miss Mermaid International! Our 1st Runner-Up Nichole will also be representing our country with the title of Miss Mermaid America!

As Miss Mermaid Florida, Nikki has shown passionate dedication, beautiful growth and consistently strong pageant performances to earn this spotlight. Her devoted activism in rallying her supporters to the aid of her local Florida Springs also earned her the award for "Miss Influencer." We are so proud of her and can't wait to see her blossom even more at the world finals!


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2nd Runner-Up

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2nd Runner Up - Michelle Mozden
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Congratulations to Michelle, our Miss Mermaid Arizona, for placing 2nd Runner Up in the Miss Mermaid USA pageant! A Nationally ranked competitive swimmer, Michelle won the award for "Best in Water" for reaching a record breaking 75m (246 ft) in our pageant's Long Distance Swim Competition! Her desert mermaid themed Creativity Photoshoot was especially stunning and featured an outfit made of real desert succulents. Michelle is very passionate about her platform to protect the Vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise.

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Top 10 Finalists

The Semi-Finalists with the highest scores in the Creativity, Long Distance Swim and Underwater Posing competitions moved onto the final round in the Miss Mermaid USA pageant at MerMagic Con!


Finalists were then scored on Poise, Presence & Personality in the Formal Wear Runway Show and On-Stage Interview.

Top 25 Semi-Finalists:

Out of 52 State Finalists, the Top 25 scoring contestants won the opportunity to compete at the live pageant event at MerMagic Con!


The first part of the Semi-Finals competition was our online Creativity Photoshoot Contest. Each mermaid styled a themed photoshoot featuring their self-made mermaid tops and accessories (bonus points were awarded for using eco-conscious materials!). These were judged by our panel of judges plus a round of public voting!

52 State Winners

In 2021, online applications were received from many talented mermaids all over the country! One winner was determined for each state (including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) using our points system for activism, underwater skills, modeling and creativity.