Her hometown may be hundreds of kilometres from the ocean but that doesn’t mean she can’t indulge in her favourite pastime: donning her beloved fish tail and swinging from the hoop in her backyard, twisting and turning as the sun glints off hair and illuminates the delight on her face.
“There’s something liberating about wearing a tail,” says an exhilarated Candice, whose alter ego is Mermaid Storm. “Every time I put it on, I feel empowered. I feel beautiful.”
The 48-year-old mom of two from Benoni on Gauteng’s East Rand spends many hours in the summer in the swimming pool but it’s a little chilly for a dip these days – even for mermaids.