Mermaid Spotlight: Mermaid Margo
How did you get your start?
I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in the Ocean State, where spending time at the beach is practically second nature. I come from a family of swimmers and water enthusiasts who would take me boating, jet-skiing, fishing, etc., usually off the coast of Cape Cod. It was IMPOSSIBLE to get me out of the water as a kid. My grandparents had a 12ft. in-ground pool and whenever my dad was ready to call it a day, he would have to attach a giant hook to the skimmer in order to pull me out! Otherwise, I would stay in until my teeth were chattering and my lips were blue, because nothing was better than pretending to be a mermaid or a dolphin. Two of my favorite movies were Free Willy and The Little Mermaid - shocking, I know.
But I had never heard of “mermaiding” up until a few years ago, when I made an account on Tumblr dedicated to mermaids and marine life. That’s how I first started learning about my idols, such as Mermaid Linden, Hannah Fraser, and Mermaid Kariel. Once I realized that it was possible for me to pursue my dreams just like they were, I was sold. I bought my first tail and I haven’t looked back since.
What did your first tail look like?
My first tail was a Catalina Sea Green fabric tail from a company called The2Tails. Say that fives times fast! I will always adore my original tail, but I recently upgraded to a neoprene tail from Finfolk Productions, which has a Finis Shooter monofin inside the fluke.
What's your favorite thing to do on land?
I’m a huge bookworm. Whenever I’m not pretending to be a mermaid, then I’m either reading or writing stories about them. I also enjoy making jewelry (I sell handmade jewelry and accessories through my shop, The Marooned Mermaid).
What is your favorite spot to dive and do your mermaid thing?
My favorite spot to do my mermaid thing is still Cape Cod. It’s always been my home away from home, although I look forward to being able to travel more some day.
What's your favorite underwater animal?
This is a tough one! I love ALL animals, but I have a special fondness for manatees, whales, and cephalopods (octopus/cuttlefish/nautilus). And seals! Oh, and stingrays! See? This is too hard!
What's your favorite thing about being a mermaid?
I enjoy making other people happy, so I feel truly fulfilled whenever someone tells me that I made their day simply be being myself as a mermaid. I love watching a child’s eyes light up when they first see me and I think it’s great when the adults get even more excited than the children. I love swimming though the water, feeling weightless and free... I just love all of it.
What is most important to you?
Love is important to me. I know that probably sounds wicked cliche, but it’s true. As someone who works full-time in the mental health field, I sincerely believe that this world would be a much better place if we all just learned to love each other a little more.
I would like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Dr. Jane Goodall
As a mermaid, one of the things that I do to make a difference is educate people about certain issues, such as water safety, childhood drowning, marine life conservation, and environmental awareness. Please check out the links below and ask yourself, what can YOU do to make a difference?
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All pro shots by David Rose of Twisted Image Pinup