Ever thought about mermaids beauty? Why are they considered beautiful? They have no business to, if you really think of it, half of their body is fish and covered in scale, and fish and scales are usually not considered haute couture.
Besides, the fish tail has replaced the legs of women, which sometimes are deemed their most attractive body part.
Then why have mermaids been able to drown men with their fatal charm? But fatal in more than one way, to be fair: men have died, but mermaids may not have fared better. For even as they are said to have risen from the sea and seduced the men with their beauty and singing, in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story, The Little Mermaid, who fell in love with the human prince, first traded her voice for human legs and then also gifted her life to him.
Nevertheless, mermaids remain irresistible, particularly to men, and now to little girls, after Disney reinvented The Little Mermaid. But why?
Possibly because of Nature’s mathematics. With their abundant hair, shapely human torsos, and a shapely tail bifurcating into shapely fins, mermaids replicate the magic number Nature gives to beautiful bodies: the right waist-hip ratio. And in a mermaid, the ratio is repeated, once more at the tail.
Watch Marilyn Monroe in her white dress in The Prince and the Showgirl for the nearest human approximation.
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