Today is the 25th anniversary of the classic Disney princess movie The Little Mermaid, and although the history of mermaids spans centuries, they are definitely having their moment in the sun, er, water. In recent years, TLC's My Strange Addiction featured a merman obsessed with the tailed creatures, famous ladies like Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad have dressed like them for Halloween, the special Mermaids: The Body Found explored the possibility that they really exist, and the Disney princess version got her own ride at Disneyland. Not to mention hipster Ariel!
The mythological half-human, half-fish ladies have been immortalized in literature, art, and iconic films, and I just can't get enough of their sexy, sassy, and oftentimes troublemaking ways. So dive into the underwater world of these mysterious beings with this brief history of mermaids in pop culture.