When she was a child, Nadya Vessey's legs were amputated below the knee due to illness. One time, another child asked what happened to her legs, and she replied that she was a mermaid.
She couldn't get the mermaid idea out of her head, so she wrote to the company that created the special effects for the Lord of the Rings movies as well as King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Her request: Will you make me a mermaid tail?
The company, Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, agreed.
Two years later, she now has a fully functioning mermaid tail with an attached suit, making her look like a real mermaid. Stuff.co.nz)