|Born||1981/1982 (age 39–40)|
Mermaid Melissa (born as Melissa Dawn) is so obsessed with the mythical creatures she has legally changed her name in 2013. The aquatic performer does not go a day without donning her tail and has learned to hold her breath for five minutes. Inspired by Disney's The Little Mermaid[wp], Melissa has an avid online following and can be hired for special events.
Since 2007, Melissa has run her own mermaid mini-empire. What started as her offering to perform at children's parties has since expanded into a fully-staffed "mermaiding troupe" that puts on shows all over the world, and an arsenal of five custom-made mermaid performance tanks that are rented out frequently for private parties.
Quote: «I identify myself as a businesswoman with a mission statement of promoting ocean education through underwater entertainment. For me, my mermaid persona is an escape from the norm - it makes me feel like Clark Kent[wp] transforming into Superman.» Quote: «Some girls collect shoes or fancy jewelry; I collect mermaid tails.» Quote: «My love for marine life and protecting the ocean is what lead me to it.»
- True Story: I'm A Real-Life Mermaid (Size: 10:52 min.) (The Mermaid Melissa Interview)
- Jeremy Taylor: A Life in the Day of Mermaid Melissa, The Sunday Times on July 12, 2015 (Melissa Dawn, 33, better known as Mermaid Melissa, talks about her silicone tails, shell bras and watching her weight .)
- Hannah Parry: A real life Little Mermaid! Blonde free diver inspired by Disney classic changes her name to 'mermaid' as he says she wears her 'tail' everyday and can hold her breath underwater for five minutes, The Daily Mail on June 2, 2015
- Mermaid Melissa "A Real-Life Mermaid" - Professional Mermaid Career: Biography & Resume
- Website: mermaidmelissa.com
- Youtube canal: Mermaid Melissa[ext]
- Living Underwater: Real Life Mermaid Melissa (Size: 7:48 min.)
- Rainbow Mermaid Melissa in a Tropical River Resort Pool (Size: 2:53 min.)
- Mermaid Melissa Swims With Dolphins In the Ocean (Size: 5:33 min.)
- Mermaid Melissa & The Treasure Chest (Size: 4:05 min.)
- "Bill's amazing swim with Mermaid Melissa", Part 1, 2