She Dreamed to be a Mermaid, and now She's Making it a Living

Pan Gaojie, a Chongqing girl, dresses like a mermaid and poses for photos in the water in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality


Pan Gaojie, 22, a professional model, found a way to make her childhood dreams of being a mermaid come true through working for a motor show in Yuelai.

Pan first tried to dress like a mermaid and performed in the water during a promotion for a hotel in last summer.

"It was a really fabulous experience," Pan said. But she was dissatisfied with the costume provided by the organizer. So she ordered a customized mermaid costume from a friend who was a tailor for the price of 2500 yuan.

Determined to take her enthusiasm for mermaids to the next level, she made custom-made tails by herself. She opened an online shop named "Empire of Atlantis", selling custom-made tails at prices varying from 1,800 to 4,000 yuan. The sales have reached more than a dozen.

Though doctors have warned Pan that she should not swim due to her rhinitis and tympanitis, she said, "I really enjoy wearing mermaid costumes in the water, I like the feelings of freedom and weightlessness. This is my dream." To pursue this dream, Pan had to think of another way.

Unfortunately, selling custom-made tails doesn't bring in enough profit. However, Pan said, "I never rely on it making money, this is my hobby, so I'll stick to it."


Pan designs her mermaid costumes
 

Pan Gaojie is busy making the custom-made tails in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality
 

Pan Gaojie is busy making the custom-made tails
 

Pan Gaojie sews the custom-made tails by herself in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality
 

Pan Gaojie, a Chongqing girl, dresses in a mermaid costume and performs in the water in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality
 

























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