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A Harry Styles “Little Mermaid” Photoshoot Is Going Viral

Two years after it was originally shot.

If anyone can make an outfit go viral, it’s Harry Styles. Most things the 27-year-old megastar chooses to wear quickly become social media sensations and spawn countless imitations. We suspect, however, that the latest Harry look trending on Twitter may not be as oft-emulated as, say, his JW Anderson crochet cardigan, or that Grammy night Gucci boa. This one is really out there.

The outfit has more of a maritime flavor, and no, it isn’t from Versace’s “Tresor de la Mer” spring/summer 2021 collection. A previously unseen snap shows Harry dressed as The Little Mermaid’s Ariel – red wig and all. 

The leaked photos were taken as part of Harry’s Saturday Night Live promo shoot, back when he hosted the show in November 2019. At the time, fans were spoiled with photos of their dreamboat in a ballerina tutu and draped over a giant disco ball, but these shots of him quaffing a glass of champagne in a shell bra and iridescent mermaid tail were kept under wraps… until now. 

Back in 2019, it was being widely reported that Harry would play Prince Eric alongside Halle Bailey in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, but the role ultimately went to Jonah Hauer-King. Now fans are suggesting these images explain why, speculating that Harry wanted to play Ariel, not her human love interest.

While this look might not be one fans experiment with themselves in everyday life, something tells us that a heavily tattooed Ariel could be a popular Halloween costume come October 31. Trust Harry to make even fancy dresses look desirable. 

This story originally appeared in British Vogue.

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