Mermaid Spotlight: Mikine Mermaid
Written By30 Aug 2020
How did you get your start?
I started out modeling for a couple local photographers' Fantasy photoshoots and dance shoots. HBMermaids' Mermaid Flower scouted me on Instagram in 2018. Since then I've been a Mermaid Fin-Structor for kids camps all over Southern California. As well as a professional Mer-former for festivals, charities, fundraisers, private events, and so much more!
What did your first tail look like?
The inspiration for my tail, Vaitiare (Vy-Tea-Ar-Aye), is so heavily steeped in my culture and who I am as a person to my very core. I wanted something that would really represent my personality, my roots as a Pacific Islander, and my love for the ocean. Her name is translated from Tahitian to mean Water Flower. It's kind of literal in it's meaning, water obviously being a mermaid tail and flower because her coloring was inspired by a gorgeous hibiscus flower. She was then designed to look like a setting sun with a dual ombre effect with golden yellow, orange, pink, and purple. I'm a very happy-go-lucky bright and sunny type of person so I wanted my tail to really reflect that with her vibrant colors. Her name also has a deeper meaning, I'm just beginning on my journey and will continue to bloom and blossom as a person of confidence, strength, beauty and that I'll continue to share joy with all those that choose to follow me, so they too can blossom and grow in confidence and love.
What's your favorite thing to do on land?
On land, I design a majority of my own costumes from my crowns and tops to my walking mermaid outfits! As a Polynesian costume designer, I love using raw materials with just a touch of the glitter and glam of being a mermaid!
What is your favorite spot to dive and do your mermaid thing?
I currently don't dive as a mermaid, as I'm still working on my Naui certifications. However, I love snorkeling and hiking to the waterfalls whenever I'm back on Guam. The entire island is surrounded by a coral reef so it doesn't get too deep and the currents are very mild with waters so clear and clean! For photo shoots as a mermaid, I love Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, it has an amazing old "Pirate" tower and gorgeous rock formations for that lagoon or even waterfall look.
Another one of my favorite things to do on land is Aerial Arts. It's a beautiful mix of strength and grace. It combines the amazing power to hold oneself in the air, intense flexibility, and the beautiful fluidity of movement.
What's your favorite underwater animal?
I love seals, in particular the Hawaiian Monk Seal. I think it's because they're such playful and gentle creatures. They remind me of my favorite land animal, pugs! Full of rolls, love sunbathing, and just so squishy! On a serious note, I do find it so saddening that they're an endangered species due to our arrogance for proper environmental safety and care or our oceans.
What's your favorite thing about being a mermaid?
I have such a love for children, so I think my favorite part about being a mermaid is just the smiles that light up a child's face whenever they meet me and all the hundred and one questions they ask! My favorite question is always "if you're real then where are you from?" because then I can bring in a little knowledge about Guam. I'm from the depths of the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the Ocean, near a very small island called Guam. I'm told it's where America's day begins!
Where is your favorite place to mermaid?
I love to mermaid on the Islands. Specifically, Guam, the place I was born and where the story of my mersona stems.
What is your favorite accessory?
My favorite mersona accessory is glitter! (Biodegradable, of course!) I'm known as the Glitter Mer of HBMermaids. I love to add a little sparkle to anyone's day!
Is conservation important to you? How can we (your mermaid friends) help the ocean, our home?
In my pod, I'm known as the glitter mermaid since I have 3 glitter dispensing wands and I love to spread a little "mermaid magic" for all the little guppies! I use a reflex/powder glitter made from mica and eucalyptus. Even when glitter is biodegradable, I find it so important to use such a fine glitter because the chunky glitters still take a long time to degrade and can still be harmful to animals until they do, not to mention it's irritating to have chunky glitter in your eye!
Name a fun fact fact about yourself!
I'm from the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the ocean! It's why you don't always get to see me swimming around at the beach😉 I come ashore to this beautiful "island" called California every once and a while to explore the human world! In my spare time, I make dreams come true for little princesses across the country with a little magic I picked up from the Fairy Godmother to create transforming dresses!