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Mermaids are fantasy creatures that are half human and half fish. They are prevalent in mythology and pop culture all over the world, the most popular modern depiction being of a beautiful woman with a fish tail. The male equivalent, a merman, are less common in media.

They are often associated with storms, shipwrecks, and drowning, however in other mythology they can be benelovent and give gifts or fall in love with humans.

Visuals[]

The visuals of the mermaid aesthetic are mostly a blue, green, purple, or pearl color scheme. Textures will be smooth, shiny and iridescent, like fish scales. The focus of the mermaid aesthetic is the tail, the shape of the fins often being closer to that of a whale than a fish. Art of mermaids may choose a specific fish to copy the tail from, like koi, or shark, or even chose another sea creature like a seal.

  • Fish scales
  • Shells
  • Pearls
  • Coral
  • Waves
  • Bubbles
  • Waves
  • Mermaids (especially their tails)

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Fashion[]

Mermaid-themed accessories and clothing was very popular in 2016, alongside the unicorn aesthetic. This was synonymous with various brands using cool color palettes in their products. This showed up in drinks, food items, beauty products, accessories, and, of course, slime. Some examples of this style include:

  • Scale-patterned leggings, occasionally with a flared leg to mimic a tail
  • Tops made out of conch shells or to look like conch shells
  • Headdresses with shells, pearls, and/or crystals

Mermaid makeup was popular for festival or costume makeup, a technique using fishnet tights was developed by makeup artists that involved using the tights as a stencil to powder iridescent blue or green onto the side of the face. This would then be accentuated by glitter, sequins or pearlescent beads.

Subcategories[]

Siren[]

The siren aesthetic tends to be a darker version of the mermaid aesthetic, as sirens are more associated with the mythology that they lure sailors to drown. Visuals in this aesthetic may focus more on making the merfolk look inhuman or scary, with bigger scales, claws, shark teeth, fish eyes, or any characteristic associated with deep sea creatures, like translucent skin. The color scheme is dark blues, teals, black, and off-whites. There is overlap in the siren aesthetic with Nautical Fantasy, Dark Nautical and Selkiecore. In traditional mythology, Sirens are half bird women rather than half fish, so this may also be portrayed.

Pink Mermaid[]

Pink mermaid is the hyperfeminine type of Mermaid aesthetic, which has the most crossover with Key West Kitten. There can also be overlap with Barbiecore, particularly the Barbie mermaid movies.

Media[]

Film[]

  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Splash (1984)
  • Aquamarine (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • The Little Mermaid (2018)
  • The Little Mermaid (2023)
  • The Thirteenth Year (1999)

Television[]

  • H2O: Just Add Water
  • Mako: Island of Secrets
  • H20: Mermaid Adventures

Literature[]

  • The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  • Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
  • The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

Music[]

Music found in the mermaid aesthetic is often associated with the creature and aspects of Greek mythology.

Artists[]

  • Melanie Martinez
  • Azealia Banks
  • Caroline Polacheck
  • Dua Lipa

Album[]

  • PORTALS by Melanie Martinez (Deluxe)
  • Fantasea by Azealia Banks
  • Radical Optimism by Dua Lipa
  • Desire I Want To Turn Into You and Pang by Caroline Polacheck

Songs[]

  • MILK OF THE SIREN (previously known as SIRENS) by Melanie Martinez
  • Swimming by Florence + The Machine
  • Mermaid Motel by Lana Del Rey
  • Ocean Of Tears by Caroline Polachek
  • Now I Don’t Hate California Afterall by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • The Great Mermaid by LE SSERAFIM

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