Rebecca MacKay has always been a pirate at heart but has certainly gotten her toes wet as a mermaid enthusiast. “It was the “Tail Man,” Thom Shouse “ who introduced me to the magic and splendor of wearing a tail,” Rebecca recalls. Rebecca was the feature model at the Rogues Fantasy Fair in Rogue River Oregon and had the privilege of wearing a beautiful golden tail made by the famous “Tail Man,” the very tail that was featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno two nights before. Rebecca was amazed by the response of the patrons who swarm to her side to marvel and the mystical wonder - a pirate with mermaid tail. “People are truly captivated by the magic of a mertail,” Rebecca says.
Seeing this as a fantastic opportunity to entertain and educate Rebecca and her supportive husband took the plunge and together they began designing Rebecca a mertail. Rebecca loved being a mermaid on land but wanted to take to the water. “I really wanted something I could swim in,” states Rebecca, “that is what brings it to life and makes it real”.
A natural progression being that Rebecca has spent most of her life in or near a pool or ocean and most of her young adult life was spent as a lifeguard, aquatic manager and certified swim instructor. Being a competitive gymnast and dancer it seemed fitting for Rebecca to take to her new aquatic environment with beauty, ease and grace.
It was not long after her first tail was made Rebecca was constructing another and yet another, Rebecca laughs, “Tails are like shoes, you can’t have just one!” “Now, I kinda have an obsession with all things mermaid and aquatic,” Rebecca continues. Rebecca is also the author and illustrator of a pirate book series entitled Little Pirate. It seems she has included mermaids here too, as her latest edition is “Little Pirate and His mermaid Friend” featuring a very friendly mermaid.
Rebecca may have a ton of fun in her tail, but it isn’t without purpose. She feels that it is a compelling tool to educate and bring awareness to our ocean. “Being a Pirate and a mermaid I feel a responsibility to save our natural resource, the mertail allows me to bring the sea to life and draw attention to the creatures that call it home.”
Rebecca is now the 2012 face of MERMAID MINERALS, a fresh cosmetic company that focuses on natural, organic skin care and mineral makeup perfect for mermaids. She is also very excited to announce her new column "Mermaids in the Wild," in the fabulous, new, online Pirate Magazine "Mutiny" where she interviews the most alluring & interesting mermaids in the water today.
Rebecca is also the co-founder of the Northwest Mermaid Pod. The largest mermaid pod in the Northwest with over 50 active mermaid members. In addition to being the co-founder of the Rogue Mermaid Pod, professional mermaids for hire.
For more information on these pods and to see more photos and videos of Mermaid Rebecca please visit http://www.roguemermaids.com.