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You dont have to look far to see that mermaids have dethroned unicorns as one of the years biggest trends. The mythological half-human, half-fish beings have taken over in shops and on social media, manifested through T-shirts, hairstyles, mugs, pool floats, coffee and even shimmering turquoise toast. For shoals of would-be Little Mermaids, wearable fish tails have become a must-have accessory for the summer. The trend has also brought a surge in businesses offering all things mermaid, including mermaid entertainers on hire for special events. It started as a little girls dream when I was five, says Katrin Gray, better known as Mermaid Kat. The German former beauty queen performs as her mythical alter ego all over the world and is currently bringing her routines and workshops to Hong Kong shores on board a cruise ship. Like youngsters the world over, Gray dreamed of being a mermaid after watching Disneys 1989 film The Little Mermaid and would pretend she was main character Ariel in the swimming pool with her friends. Id cross my legs, hoping theyd turn into a tail, she says. Now, mermaiding is a full-time career for the Perth-based entrepreneur, who runs an online shop, teaches aspiring mermaids safe swimming techniques, and models in subaquatic photo shoots all over the world.

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