Lily la Mer International Showgirl & Professional Mermaid
Lily la Mer is an International Showgirl & Professional Mermaid, based in London UK. She travels the world performing a range of circus disciplines, working full time as a performer and model.
Lily specialises in performing and modelling as a real live mermaid, swimming and diving in a highly realistic prosthetic mermaid tail. She has swum as a mermaid around the globe from Europe to Australia, including swimming with sharks both in the wild and in aquariums, and is a certified SCUBA diver and advanced freediver, able to dive to over 20m in open ocean on a single breath. As well as this ocean-based side of mermaiding, Lily also performs as a mermaid at a huge range of events, from local children’s parties to luxury floating casinos in India.
Lily also performs internationally as a high-class trapeze artist, fire dancer and costumed walkabout performer. She has performed for royalty and celebrities, at private and corporate events, festivals and casinos. She has taught trapeze, aerial hoop and other circus skills, and has taught Acrobatic Rock n Roll internationally. Years of living and working circus means that as well as her specialist disciplines, Lily can also perform – and model – acrobatic partner dance, ceroc dance, acrobalance, acroyoga, pole dance, feather fans, fan veils, contortion, glow performance, and a wide range of object manipulation based circus skills such as hula hoop. Never one to sit still, she’s also a certified Stage Pyrotechnician and Aerial Rigger, able to add live special effects to photoshoots.
Lily is one of the top underwater models in the UK and her company Lily la Mer Ltd. runs a series of public-access underwater photoshoots where photographers can shoot underwater without getting wet themselves. Having started modelling as a way of creating performance promos, Lily la Mer very quickly became popular and transitioned to full-time modelling for artists, freelance photographers and commercial clients. Many clients choose to draw from Lily’s vast range of skills and costumes to make their images stand out, but she does work with standard fashion, lingerie and art nude modelling too.
Outside modelling and performing, Lily la Mer is an artist, experienced face & body painter, henna artist, and has worked for years freelance as a seamstress and costume designer, making all her own performance costumes. She has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge and is currently writing her first novel. In the tiny amount of free time that remains, Lily travels, grows orchids and spends time with her fiancé.