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MERMAID model and photographer makes a splash in China

China, Chengdu
September 10, 2019 at 07:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Underwater photographer and model Ma Qirui from Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan, has made a big splash on social media in China with her unique sub-aqua modelling style.

Footage filmed on Monday, shows Ma Qirui posing for photos underwater while singing and even eating.

"At first my idea was simple, I was an underwater photographer and I wanted to make myself look at ease underwater to show people who are afraid of water that it's natural. This was my first idea." Ma Qirui said.

Ma Qirui, who has been an underwater photographer and model since 2013 has reportedly spent 1 million yuan ($157,000; €146,300) to set up her underwater studio which includes a heated swimming pool.

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Underwater photographer and model Ma Qirui from Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan, has made a big splash on social media in China with her unique sub-aqua modelling style.

Footage filmed on Monday, shows Ma Qirui posing for photos underwater while singing and even eating.

"At first my idea was simple, I was an underwater photographer and I wanted to make myself look at ease underwater to show people who are afraid of water that it's natural. This was my first idea." Ma Qirui said.

Ma Qirui, who has been an underwater photographer and model since 2013 has reportedly spent 1 million yuan ($157,000; €146,300) to set up her underwater studio which includes a heated swimming pool.

M/S Underwater photo session, Sichuan

M/S Ma Qirui during underwater photo session

M/S Underwater photo session

C/U Butterflies *SOUND CLIPPING AT SOURCE*

M/S Underwater photo session *SOUND CLIPPING AT SOURCE*

C/U Dress flowing underwater

C/U Grapes

C/U Eating underwater

M/S Underwater photo session

C/U Ma Qirui singing underwater

C/U Earrings

SOT, Ma Qirui, underwater photographer (Mandarin): "At first my idea was simple, I was an underwater photographer and I wanted to make myself look at ease underwater to show people who are afraid of water that it's natural. This was my first idea."

M/S Underwater photo session *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*

SOT, Ma Qirui, underwater photographer (Mandarin): "Next, we do some offline activities to let more people experience the charm of underwater photography, so that people can better understand that underwater photography is not so terrible after all."

W/S Ma Qirui entering dressing room

C/U Ma Qirui choosing dress

M/S Ma Qirui preparing for photo session

C/U Ma Qirui applying make up

M/S Ma Qirui preparing for photo session

C/U Ma Qirui having her hair braided

M/S Ma Qirui preparing for photo session

C/U Ma Qirui preparing for photo session

M/S Ma Qirui showing her dress

W/S Ma Qirui showing her dress

SOT, Ma Qirui, underwater photographer (Mandarin): "Generally we shoot a short video in 10 to 15 minutes underwater. Underwater photography is more difficult because of underwater buoyancy. Objects in the density of water are unequal, some might float up and some would sink. We use props and we would also need to add some weight to it because when a person is on land they can stand very stable. But it's not possible to smile with your eyes and mouth open when you're underwater and we need to do some training."

M/S Ma Qirui on phone

M/S Editing video on phone

C/U Editing video on phone

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