There’s something fishy about this pretty beachside picture of Vanessa Hudgens, but in the best possible way. The photo shows the “Spring Breakers” star looking like a glamazon straight out of Neptune’s realm, complete with a crown of seashells, a kelp-trimmed clam brassiere, and a magnificent, flappy tail resplendent with pink iridescent scales.
The actress’s outfit isn’t just for fun; she’s one of several celebs getting the mer-treatment for Project Mermaid, a beach preservation awareness initiative spearheaded by photographers Angelina Venturella and Chiara Salomoni. The photos will be the subject of a gallery exhibition and coffee table book this summer, with proceeds going to the nonprofit organization Save Our Beaches.
But while Hudgens is going aquatic for a good cause, mermaid getups are de rigueur for famous ladies looking to make a splash. How does this Environmentally Conscious Mermaid stack up against her tail-wearing compatriots?
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Katy Perry, a.k.a. Undersea Urban Disco Princess
The singer sported purple locks and a super-duper-bedazzled fishtail for her role in an ad campaign for GHD’s Air hair dryer, and looked so good doing it that we almost forgot to question why a mermaid would need a hair dryer, let alone where she’d plug it in.
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Kardashian, Kanye’s Personal Mermaid
There wasn’t a drop of water in sight, but that didn’t stop Kanye’s bride-to-be from donning a florid green “tail” with sequins and chiffon fins for a Halloween party in 2012.
a.k.a. Interspecies Sexpot Mermaid
In one segment of her video for “You and I”, Gaga appeared as a blue-haired, lip-lined mermaid with her top half adorned by nothing, not even nipples. Her splashy scene in a galvanized steel tub culminated in a wild hookup with an ordinary human dude that was… Well, curious, to say the least. Let’s just say that like Katy Perry’s GHD ad campaign, this scene raises certain questions about how a mermaid goes about, uh, plugging things in.
Hilton, a.k.a. She Sells Sea Smells
With a perfume called “Siren” to advertise, Hilton’s options pretty much boiled down to either a) a gold, sparkly mermaid getup, or b) dressing up as an ambulance. No surprise that she chose the former.
Stodden, a.k.a. Merboobs
Remember Courtney Stodden? After a brief stint as a tabloid staple in 2001, the teenage then-wife of 51 year-old Doug Hutchison briefly splashed back into the public eye with this 2012 commercial for FreeCreditScore.com. And if you’re wondering what clunky double entendres about “wetness” and a jiggling seashell bra have to do with savvy consumerism and financial responsibility, the answer is a) nothing, and b) you’re clearly missing the point.