When my sweet, beautiful friend let me know how much she loved mermaids, I’ll admit, I took it lightly. I mean, who doesn’t love mermaids? I’ll also admit that when she purchased a mermaid fin to wear and practice swimming in, I was a bit… well… silent. I was quietly concerned. It was not a small investment, and where in the heck was she supposed to wear them – the office? I know that I was kind during the process, but I wasn’t exactly supportive. It was a little out my perception of “realistic dreaming.” I loved the stunning professional photos she took swimming or sunbathing with her dreamy handmade headdresses, ornate bodices, and the assortment of colorful, magical fins. I don’t know anyone who looks better in them. But was her fascination going too far? Was this woman, who felt like a little sister to me, going off the deep end? Turns out she was – the deep end of the pool, that is.
Today, Desiree Safrans, Joshua Tree resident, mother of 2-year-old Ace, and wife to local musician, James St. James, has a full-blown side hustle as a professional mermaid. And she is rocking it!
JTV had the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Desiree aka Dolphina.
JTV: Where did your fascination with mermaids start, and how did you manage to turn a wild dream into reality?