The waters of Wakanda submerge a secret that even the Wakandans don’t know, until now! Introducing Mermaid JessaLee! The Wakandan Mermaids are notoriously secretive, so she won’t say much about her past, yet here she is! Never satisfied being Wakanda’s best-kept secret, this beautiful, mystical creature crossed the waters from East Africa to DC because she wanted to see the world, and be seen! She loves American fashion and culture and has decided to make the DC area her home. Mermaid JessaLee performs magic tricks, plays the flute, and is skilled at arts & crafts. When on land, she can conjure up legs at will and enjoys jumping, dancing, and shopping (jewelry, sparkly tail coverings, and leggings are personal favorites)! She enjoys pampering herself: getting her nails, hair, and makeup was done to look her best. She loves having her picture taken and being the center of attention. She has decided to make a career for herself here using her many talents to perform, bringing joy to all who dare to believe in her mermaid magic.
Jessica has never met a challenge she wasn’t willing to dive in and solve! She has an impressively eclectic list of skills, interests, and areas of expertise from technical theater to IT to digital marketing! Jessica believes in empowering women of every shape and size and uses every platform she can to uplift others. Jess is a hands-on leader, utilizing her skills in multiple areas, including graphic design, executive assistance, writing, and more, to meet the needs of unique and diverse clients. Jessica takes pride in treating each client like they are her only client and providing solutions to turn dreams, visions, and goals into a reality! She is a woman of many talents: aerialist, pageant queen, IT professional, mermaid, freediver, and entrepreneur! Jessica likes to use her voice as a mermaid to educate African American families about water safety. She thinks that and teaching black families to swim to break the stereotype that Black people can’t and don’t swim is of the utmost importance. This notion stems from Jim Crow laws where Blacks were banned from pools and also, particularly for African American women, reservations about hair care. There are way too many drownings each year in the African American community because of this belief, and parents not allowing or teaching their kids to swim. She has also been working on developing hair products, and stylish wigged swim caps to protect the hair when in water since that is another issue when it comes to swimming. Another area where she uses her mermaid platform is to encourage the “Me too” movement and the “Tell somebody “campaign, which speaks against Rape and violent sex acts. She has been an advocate for RAINN and a participant on their Speakers Bureau for years and wants more people to be aware. Finally, as a lover of the ocean and marine life, especially whales, she raises awareness about the illegal activities happening in our waters and the importance of conserving and protecting our ecosystems and species. She is a strong supporter of ending the destruction and slaughter of the wildlife in our oceans.